Doddie Weir OBE is certainly a household name, and just as famous is his love for wearing tartan suits! So much so that a specially commissioned tartan was designed for his Motor Neurone Disease research charity, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, in 2018.
The tartan was designed by Doddie in collaboration with Emily Redman, a designer for Berwickshire-based clothes firm ScotlandShop, in a bid to raise cash for his charity.
Former Jedburgh Grammar pupil Emily, who lives in Duns and is employed as the Marketing Manager for ScotlandShop, started her further education career at Borders College studying Art and Design in 2008, before progressing to Heriot-Watt University and graduating as a Textiles Designer. During her time at Borders College Emily, as Students’ Association Vice President, met Princess Anne at the official opening of the new campus in Galashiels.
Talking about her time at Borders College, Emily said:
“At the age of 15 I wanted to leave school and eventually progress to university, so the Borders College course was the perfect fit. Being at college first then moving to university made the transition so much easier.
“It was the ideal route to getting a place at university and I was really lucky to make so many great friends during my time at college and then university.”
Using specialist software – ScotCad – Emily worked closely with Doddie to develop a number of tartan concepts, before eventually settling for the Doddie tartan we all know and love. The finalised tartan is registered at the Scottish Register of Tartans, which is part of the National Records of Scotland.