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In Conversation with Kestin Hare of KESTIN

Founded in 2015 by designer Kestin Hare with over two decades of industry experience, KESTIN is redefining modern Scottish design by blending innovation with tradition. Kestin the brand was created to redefine modern Scottish design by blending innovation with tradition. They weave in references from their heritage and homeland, combining integral details from other areas of inspiration including vintage, workwear, military, sports and outdoor. The brand's focus is on responsible manufacturing, sourcing the highest-quality fabrics and creating original products that are designed to last. They work with the best factories and mills in the world. Renowned for championing UK production, KESTIN strives to make locally wherever possible. Their flagship store in located in Stockbridge, and Design Studio and HQ is based in Leith, all Edinburgh. Kestin is stocked in over 90 of the best international stores.

“We make really good quality menswear that is built to last. We’re based in Edinburgh and when we first started there was just 3 of us producing garments locally. Scotland is a fantastic country to be located in. I have worked for some great brands in London which gave me good experiences but we’re lucky here because there aren’t many other Scottish menswear brands. The narrative of a brand is really important, and we have a really good story to tell. We’re a traditional menswear brand but we’re also able to play in the outdoors apparel space making use of technical fabrics. It’s a space we want to focus on more in the future.”

This is a shortened transcribed edit of episode 207 of the MenswearStyle Podcast with Kestin Hare, Founder of high-quality menswear brand kestin.co. You can listen to the full version on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast player.

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