Falkirk’s Kiltpin holds on to title for their seventh success

Andrew Brookes with his VOWS award
Andrew Brookes with his VOWS award
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Kiltwear boss Andrew Brookes is in seventh heaven.

The man who makes it his job to ensure that grooms are well dressed for their big day has just won another accolade at Scotland’s wedding ‘Oscars’, the VOWS Awards 2011.

His Kiltpin business was named the country’s leading groomswear provider for the fifth time. Andrew also took the overall industry award in 2007 and 2010.

It came almost 65 years to the day since Andrew’s father, Bert Brookes, opened his tailor’s shop in Falkirk.

The business, which was synonymous with sartorial elegance, was eventually changed to Kiltpin around seven years ago after Andrew realised that the kiltwear side of the firm was a major growth area.

VOWS award winners were announced at a gala event in the Glasgow Hilton attended by 600 members of the Scottish wedding industry.

After picking up his award, Andrew said: “It’s great to win – it’s our seventh nomination and seventh win. Our team works really well together and it’s great that service is appreciated.”

He said Kiltpin attracts customers from across the UK and is now branching out even further afield.

Andrew added: “We’re getting a lot of international business, particularly from America. Earlier this year we took part in the Dressed to Kilt event in New York and are now supplying Brookes Brothers there. We’ve also been asked to design tartan for Yale and Harvard which is very exciting.

“As tailors to trade, we know what suits people and that makes a huge difference.”

Kiltpin wasn’t the only local business shortlisted for an award at the 2011 VOWS. McCalls, which has a kiltwear shop in Bank Street, was also in the running in the groomswear category, while Catwalk in nearby Princes Street was a finalist in the mother of the bride category.

Pat Hodge of Airth Castle Hotel was shortlisted for the wedding co-ordinator of the year award, with Glenbervie House Hotel on the shortleet for the wedding venue category.

Wedding suppliers are nominated by brides and grooms for the VOWS (Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier of the year) before a shortleet is drawn up and a judging panel makes the final decision on the winners in the 20 categories.

This year’s awards attracted over 12,000 nominations and 100 companies made the shortlist.