The ‘Homeless’ tartan was designed by Brian Halley of Highland dress company Slanj, Glasgow, in 2018 to raise funds for the charity Shelter Scotland. This pattern gained national recognition during the Covid-19 pandemic, when the then First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, wore one of the company’s ‘Homeless’ tartan facemasks to a press event in Edinburgh.
Since the inauguration of the Scottish Register of Tartans in 2009, there has been an increase in the sheer number and diversity of tartans being produced around the world. While themes of family and heritage remain strong impulses for tartan creation, there is also a drive to design patterns for businesses, lifestyles, events, and charitable causes.
Tartan trews are deeply rooted in the Scottish military tradition of the 19th century. They continue to represent a popular alternative to the kilt for use on special occasions, notably weddings. The ‘Homeless’ tartan trews we have acquired from Slanj are a modern slim fit, reflecting a desire among contemporary wearers for a less formal cut which still retains a traditional feel.
‘Homeless’ tartan facemask, 2023, and a custom steel press knife, used by Slanj, Glasgow, in the manufacturing process of their tartan face mask range c. 2020 - 2022
Casual trews outfit, retailed by Slanj, Glasgow, 2023
‘Homeless’ tartan waistcoat and silver pocket watch chain, part of a casual trews outfit retailed by Slanj, Glasgow, 2023
Grey woollen tie from Lochcarron of Scotland, Selkirk, and a thistle emblem tiepin from Art Pewter Silver, East Kilbride, part of a casual trews outfit retailed by Slanj, Glasgow, 2023
Traditional braided epaulette and imitation staghorn button from a jacket by House of Edgar, Perth, part of a casual trews outfit retailed by Slanj, Glasgow, 2023
Slim fit ‘Homeless’ tartan trews by Slanj, Glasgow, worn with a pair of brown leather day brogues from Loakes Shoemakers, Kettering, 2023