The Scottish Textiles Showcase was founded April 2019 by Kitty Bruce-Gardyne when its first curated shop of Scottish textiles opened inside the historic Tron Kirk on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Since then the shop has developed a reputation as a best kept secret and treasure trove for discerning shoppers looking to buy authentic Scottish gifts and homeware.
As a maker herself Kitty has been a long term champion of Scotland's rich textiles heritage and was keen to share her passion for a story which remains physically off the beaten track. From the Scottish Borders in the south to the far flung islands of the Outer Hebrides in the west and Shetland in the north the Scottish textiles story is rich and varied. Tartan, tweed, cashmere, linen and lace, Scotland's textiles are in a class of their own and have gained a world wide reputation for excellence.
The Tron Kirk is a fitting location for the Showcase shop and an important landmark on the Royal Mile within Edinburgh's World Heritage site. The Kirk is under the care of Edinburgh World Heritage and is a fascinating visit in its own right so we encourage everyone to make time to look round the Tron when coming to the shop.
Kitty works with four members of staff and their mission is to celebrate the Made in Scotland story and the talented makers themselves. She says, "We take great pride in knowing not only where our products have come from but who made them and how. We want to pass this information on to our customers so they too can appreciate the craftsmanship skills required to make the beautiful products on our shelves."