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Robert Pel makes and sells contemporary kilts
Robert Pel makes and sells contemporary kilts

Taking Kilts into the 21st century

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Scottish emigrants ended up in nearly every corner of the world, so highland games featuring all things Scottish have also become widespread. A number of specialized vendors follow this busy summer circuit, bringing goods to throngs of their most likely customers. At this year's Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario one such booth included a compact tailor's shop. Industrial sewing machines sat ready for serious stitching, with crisp fashion displays out front. And what was on the manikins? Kilts, of course. But not Great-granddad's scratchy plaids. Innovator Robert Pel told Lucy Martin the always-evolving garment is going mainstream.

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