Royal kiltmaker is a jolly good Fellow

Douglas Kinloch Anderson receives an Honorary Life Fellowship of IoD from Ian McKay. Picture: comp
Douglas Kinloch Anderson receives an Honorary Life Fellowship of IoD from Ian McKay. Picture: comp
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The owner of a well-known kiltmakers has received a prestigious award from a leading business institute.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) presented Douglas Kinloch Anderson OBE with an Honorary Life Fellowship for his 50-year membership in the organisation.

The family business he now owns, Kinloch Anderson, specialises in luxury Highland dress and has made clothes for the Queen. It has stores throughout the world, including 300 in the Far East and a branch in New York.

Born on February 19, 1939, the son of William James Kinloch Anderson, Douglas spent his school years at George Watson’s College, going on to St Andrews University, where he studied political economy and geography, graduating in 1960.

After his studies, Mr Kinloch Anderson got a job as an economist. However, growing up already immersed in the successful tartan firm, and full of ideas to develop the brand, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers. In 1970, he became the fifth generation to be appointed managing director and later progressed to chairman.

Douglas is married to Deirdre Anne Loryman and they have three children – Claire, Peter and John.

Deirdre is senior director of the company and John is deputy chairman.

Mr Kinloch Anderson also served as chairman of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and the Edinburgh Merchant Company in 1991. He was president of the Edinburgh Association of Royal Tradesmen from 1986-88, and also served on the Scottish committee of the IoD for nearly four years.

He is a member of the Leith High Constables and received the OBE in 1983.

Kinloch Anderson is proud to hold three Royal Appointments as tailors and kiltmakers to the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales.

Mr Kinloch Anderson joined the IoD when he was barely out of university. He said: “My father was a member of the IoD and when I was in my twenties he suggested it would be a good idea if I joined, and I’ve never regretted that. I’ve made a lot of use of my membership and have really appreciated all the events that have been organised. I joined on July 12, 1963 and it’s hard to believe it’s 50 years, although I can’t claim to make it another 50 years.”

The main contribution, he said, is the advancement of Kinloch Anderson to overseas, particularly Asia, over the last 20 years. He said “it just felt right at the time” and it has definitely paid off for the company.

Ian McKay, IoD Scotland chairman, said: “Douglas is wonderful example to other IoD members of how to sustain and develop an international business. Kinloch Anderson is a strong brand name that is well known not only in Scotland but increasingly in all corners of the globe.”