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by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Can a business be socially, environmentally and economically responsible and still be fun? Utilikilts says yes and then some. Yep, I’m talking men in kilts and not just the Scottish variety (no plaid flannel going on here) – think Mel Gibson crossed with Metallica.

These are no ordinary kilts – they are as utilitarian as the name implies, constructed from American-made sturdy fabric, complete with enough cargo space to house a six pack. There are different styles for doing just about any damn thing (snowboarding was on the list) – as the photo gallery on their web site demonstrates. Here’s head Changer, Jerry, in his Utilikilt (UK) at Sami’s wedding.

The mission? To set an example of more conscious captialism. The fun? To create an alternative to jeans that provides comfort, edgy style and freedom. If you want to know what men are freeing themselves from, go to the Customers Top 100 Reasons (now up to 135) To Wear a Kilt complied by a loyal fan base of both men and women.

After the fun read, I was really smiling when I read their Mission Statement, part of which I’ve reprinted here:

“Utilikilts seeks to set a global example, defining “business with a conscience”, driving a worldwide paradigm shift toward a more conscientious form of capitalism, and channeling company gains and resources back into the community.

 

  1. The Utilikilts Company does not accept preconceived limitations as our own.
  2. Utilikilts Company will only be publicly represented by actual and proven Utilikiltarians.
  3. The management of the company will not exploit cultures, peoples or environments to achieve capital gains.
  4. The company will only grow, act, and react at the speed our customer base demands.
  5. “Form Follows Function” is our modus operandi.”

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 259 user reviews.

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  1. Sami Grover Says:

    Freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bill Clearlake Says:

    I’m up to seven Utilikilts in various styles from business casual, heavy-duty, to head-banger leather. Nothing I’ve ever worn is more comfortable and practical. Actually, wearing nothing is slightly more comfortable but far less practical.

  3. Keep da Peace Says:

    Longtime kilt wearer, first time utilikiltarian. I just bought my first utilikilt because I like to wear my kilt far more than is practical with a 700 dollar outfit. I bought the Mocker because I like the style and the pockets. I can’t understand why the Scots never thought of them.

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