VA Wine Festival

The “KILT” & Jim Beam

The VA Wine Festival was a couple of weeks ago and I had a great time.  The wine festival was held in the downtown area of Norfolk VA at Town Point Park.  While I was walking around and tasting fine wine I ran into the guy in the picture on right.  Mr. Jim Beam was a walking advertisement for the #1 bourbon whiskey company in a stylish kilt.  Such a bold statement, a guy wearing what most would say is a skirt.


The “KILT” & Jim Beam

What is a Kilt? A kilt (Scottish Gaelic: fèileadh [ˈfeːləɣ])[1] is a knee-length non-bifurcated skirt-type garment, with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands.  The Scottish wore the kilt on formal occasions, at Highland games and sports events.

A fashion designer out of NYC Mickey Freeman has taken the “Scottish Kilt” to another level.  See Mickey’s fashion at http://freemenbymickey.com/ 

2017 VA Wine Festival

HISTORY – The kilt first appeared as the great kilt, the breacan or belted plaid, during the 16th century, and is Gaelic in origin. The filleadh mòr or great kilt was a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder, or brought up over the head. A version of the filleadh beag (philibeg), or small kilt (also known as the walking kilt), similar to the modern kilt was invented by an English Quaker from Lancashire named Thomas Rawlinson some time in the 1720s. He felt that the belted plaid was “cumbrous and unwieldy”, and his solution was to separate the skirt and convert it into a distinct garment with pleats already sewn, which he himself began wearing. His associate, Iain MacDonnell, chief of the MacDonnells of Inverness, also began wearing it, and when the clansmen the two employed in logging, charcoal manufacture and iron smelting saw their chief wearing the new apparel, they soon followed suit. From there its use spread “in the shortest space” amongst the Highlanders, and even amongst some of the Northern Lowlanders. It has been suggested there is evidence that the philibeg with unsewn pleats was worn from the 1690s.


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