New House Highland is owned and operated by Matthew and Joannie Newsome and is based in Sylva, North Carolina, USA. Matthew Newsome is a kilt maker with over 13 years experience, specializing in traditional and historic styles of kilt, especially the four-yard box pleated kilt of the early nineteenth century. He is a former director of the Scottish Tartans Museum of Franklin, NC, where he worked for fifteen years, former member of the Board of Governors of the Scottish Tartans Authority, and a lifetime member of the Guild of Tartan Scholars.

New House Highland has a vested interest in providing high quality, authentic Scottish Highlandwear products, which is why since 2011 we have partnered with House of Cheviot in Hawick, Scotland, to bring the finest knit kilt hose available to the American market.

House of Cheviot Kilt Hose

House of Cheviot combines traditional hand knitting skills developed over 200 years with the very latest knitting technology, to produce the best kilt hose available. During manufacture, from the careful selection of yarns to the final hand-finishing, House of Cheviot products pass through many pairs of skilled hands, providing attention to every detail on every step of the craft making process, and thus ensuring that all of our finished socks are of the highest standard.

New House Highland distributes House of Cheviot brand kilt hose in the United States wholesale to the trade only.  Click here for more information.

Highland Dress Articles

For over fifteen years working with and for the Scottish Tartans Museum in Franklin, NC, Matthew Newsome authored a number of articles, many of which appeared in The Scottish Banner newspaper or on his blog site. These articles dealt with both the history of the kilt and tartan, as well as the modern wearing of Highland Dress. They can be found archived on albanach.org.

Hand Knits

Joannie Newsome has partnered with fellow knitter Stephanie Faulkner to bring you the finest quality hand knit goods through their Etsy shop, Blue Ridge Purl. Browse their shop for the latest available offerings or contact them to request a custom commission.

St. Kilda Beard Care

St. Kilda Beard Care features hand crafted, all natural beard care products for men, including beard oil, beard balm, soaps and shampoos.