Sam McCoach, who hails from Scotland, has her granny to thank for her recent success. A couple of years ago her grandmother, a traditional kilt maker, fashioned her a little Black Watch tartan number. “Every time I wore it people were like, ‘How do I get one?’” she said, “so we started making them for friends.” The line kicked off in earnest for fall-winter 2013 and was soon snapped up by the likes of Dover Street Market.
Her debut presentation at London Fashion Week was fresh and young. It featured blue, monochrome and yellow checked wool kilts embellished with pins and punky logos and made in one of the last kilt making workshops in Scotland. She also showed a new line of cashmere sweaters, berets and grey marl sweatshirts emblazoned with “She Said Boom,” lyrics from a song by the Canadian all-women punk band Fifth Column.