Charles demanded tailors scrap jacket after learning where buttons were from
Prince Charles once ordered tailors to stop making his tweed kilt jacket after discovering that they were from Austria, according to a craftsman.
Charles was adamant he wanted every single inch of the jacket to be sourced in Scotland.
He wanted to show the royal family's commitment to the industry north of the Border
His demand also included the tiniest details including the stag horn buttons on the jacket and matching waistcoat, reports DailyRecord.
Craftsman John Sugden, who made the clothes, said: “The prince had chosen the tweed himself. It just happened by chance to be the cloth on my father’s old briefcase.
“The majority of stag horn buttons come from Austria. The prince is very open and fastidious and passionate about craft.
“So he was particular that the buttons had to be Scottish stag horn. He does care about the detail.
“It really matters to him that he promotes British crafts – even with the smallest of things.
“We were actually both a little concerned that it would be the Austrian buttons that went on the jacket because we couldn’t find an alternative at the time.
“But the prince’s fastidious nature drove us to look into sourcing Highland stag and we went to great lengths to do so.
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“Now we have a gamekeeper who makes them for us. Why do we have to ship stag horn buttons from Austria at all that extra cost? It does not make sense.
“It also fits in with the prince’s philosophy about carbon footprint with the distance goods unnecessarily travel to market.”
John, owner of Campbell’s of Beauly, stitched the buttons on to the stunning khaki green, faint houndstooth pattern tweed, which has an orange window pane check.
The 40-year-old has just been announced as a textiles programme ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation.
He is also co-chair with Patrick Grant – from BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee – of the Dumfries House Textiles School in Ayrshire.
The cost of the jacket and waistcoat has not been revealed but a similar bespoke pair of the garments made by Campbell’s retails at about £1,500.
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