A wooden loom with coloured wool on it, being weaved into a scarf

Tartan with a Twist is the inspiration for V&A Dundee’s 2023 Christmas gift collection

For immediate release: 9 October 2023


Collaborations with designers working across fashion, comics, jewellery and textiles have delivered a desirable collection of tartan treats, taking inspiration from the blockbuster Tartan exhibition and the newly designed V&A Dundee tartan created by Kinloch Anderson.

The V&A Dundee tartan, in its distinctive monochromatic palette with a splash of shocking ‘Schiaparelli pink’ was designed in a way so that it could continue to be re-interpreted by other designers, picking up on a theme explored in the Tartan exhibition that tartan’s iconic grid pattern continues to offer unlimited inspiration.

From Dundee designer Jo-AMI’s mismatching tartan socks to a limited-edition luxury tartan scarf handwoven by Glasgow micro-weavers VEVAR; tartan wrapped marmalade chocolate bar; plaid woollen creature by knit designer Donna Wilson; Gnasher ‘tartan bone’ dog bowl and tartan cuff bracelets from jewellery designer Jenni Douglas, the colourful collection has considered gifts for all.

The new V&A Dundee x BEANO collaboration sees much-loved comic book characters, Dennis, Gnasher and Minnie sporting splashes of tartan in an inspired new collection that includes prints, tote bags, t-shirts and Gnasher bowl and mug.

V&A Dundee has also teamed up with Scottish contemporary fashion designer Charles Jeffrey Loverboy to design an exclusive fashion and lifestyle collection. Retailing exclusively through V&A Dundee’s online shop and in-museum store, the collection includes a monster illustration football scarf, two t-shirts plus badges, keyrings and incense cones packaged in a keepsake tartan tin.

Two new limited-edition screenprints, of Kengo Kuma’s iconic riverside building by designers Fraser Taylor and Morvern Graham add to V&A Dundee’s interior and homeware collection.

V&A Dundee's Christmas collection is available to buy online and in the museum from 18 October. Free UK standard shipping on orders of £10 or more and flat-rate international shipping.

For a gift that gives all year round, V&A Dundee annual memberships start from £25, giving your loved ones free unlimited entry to exhibitions, invites to special events and discounts in the shop and restaurant.