"It was very encouraging to see pride and passion for making products to be high-quality standard, not to a price. To celebrate its 215th anniversary this autumn, Johnstons of Elgin has produced a limited edition of men's scarves and women's stoles in the super-rare and super-soft vicuna yarn, which comes from a relative of the llama.
Sold only through Johnstons' website, these items, priced at £325 and £685 respectively, underline the company's credentials as a specialist in the finest luxurious accessories.
I enjoyed seeing traditional ideas being given just a slight twist to take them off in another direction. On an amusing level, Perth-based The House of Edgar has created special Tartans for Scottish institutions Oor Wullie and The Broons.
Some of Howie Nicholsby's customers at 21st CENTURY KILTS in Edinburgh select cheerful plaids for his modern interpretations of the kilt. Nicholsby is a fine example of a modernist with a passion for tradition. "I hate it when people mix up different eras of Highland Dress," he told me firmly."