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About Us

Welcome to the A · Hume family

We would like to wish you a warm welcome to A · Hume online. This is the page where you get to find out a bit more about who we are, where we are and what we do.

We have been around for almost 100 years so there's a fair bit of history. Arch Hume founded A Hume, Gentlemen's Outfitter, in 1929. He ran an entirely made-to-measure tailoring business and although we continue to offer a made-to-measure service, he could never have envisioned how his business would grow. 

These days we sell the finest brands in country clothing locally to our loyal clientele in the Scottish Borders from our Kelso shops in The Square and Horsemarket, and worldwide to over 70,000 customers.

 

Timeline
Our timeline gives you an insight into how our business has evolved over the years.                                       


1929 

Arch Hume opens A Hume, Gentlemen's Outfitter, The Square, Kelso. All suits and jackets are made-to-measure in-house by Arch's team of five highly specialised tailors using the finest tweeds and cloths. A service we offer to this day.  

1948 

Jock Hume joins the business and eventually takes over from his father.


Late 1960's 

Jock Hume adds ready-to-wear collections to the traditional tailoring business.

Early 1970's 

A Hume begins its longstanding partnership with Magee and Bladen

1982 

Archie Hume, the third generation, joins his father in the business. 

1987 

Jock Hume dies and is succeeded by his son Archie Hume.   

 

2000 

Archie Hume introduces Australian brand RM Williams, bringing a contemporary twist to the traditional offering.

2002 - 04

Archie continues to expand the brand offering, adding Dubarry and William Lockie. 

2007 

Archie's wife Karen joins the company to develop the ecommerce business. A Hume launches its first Ladieswear range and we expand our William Lockie range. 

2007 

www.ahume.co.uk goes live - we're online and opening up out traditional services to customers all over the globe and continue to offer free alterations by our in-house seamstress to all customers including those shopping online. 

2010 

Winner of Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards, Independent Retailer of the Year and finalist of Growth Business of the Year. A Hume continues to expand the brand offering; Millican, Gant and Deakin & Francis join the family.

2011 

In keeping with the theme, we need more space and acquire warehousing to keep up with demand and accommodate our expanding range.  

2012

 

We open our technical wear store at 22 Horsemarket and introduce Schoffel and Loake to our brands.

The A Hume Blog is launched www.ahume.co.uk/blog where we bring to life the perks of country living.

Our mobile friendly (Smartphone) version of the website is launched offering our customers a seamless way to contact, browse and buy from A Hume. 

We win The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards - Fastest Growing Business, plus Small/Medium Family Business of the Year and Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards - Retailer and Town Centre Business of the Year

2013 

Our mobile website gets smarter and faster and customers seem to like it and now 14% of visits happen on the move.  

We add Schoffel to our expanding Ladieswear range.

Work starts on our exclusive 85th celebratory limited edition A Hume 1929 - 2014 Tweed range for Men and Ladies. 

2014

We are delighted to win the Drapers Best Independent Multichannel Operator award and also winner, of winners Drapers Best Independent Retailer of the Year.

Our shop in The Square, Kelso benefits from complete refurbishment.

We also launch our Limited Edition bespoke tweed collection for men and celebrate our 85th anniversary with a great big party. 

2015 

In response to the increasing importance of our mobile site we commence a complete re-design to  meet the needs of our customers and improve customer experience.    
We win Best in Scotland at the Pure London Fashion awards and are also a finalist in the Best Multi Channel Retailer category at the Drapers Digital Awards.

Our pursuit of excellence is endorsed nationally as we are shortlisted for Multi-Channel Operator of the Year and shortlisted and receive highly commended in the Lifestyle Retailer of the Year at the Drapers Independents Awards.

We go on the road taking A Hume to the Scottish Game Fair. It's a rewarding experience and we will endeavour to add more events in 2016. We also welcome newcomers Fairfax & Favor, Crombie, Le Chameau, Indigo Ivy and Meindl in our continued effort to offer the very best names in international country clothing.

2016

We introduced a number of new brands including; JOTT (Just over the Top), Noble Wilde and Laksen

A winning team
Whilst A Hume has enjoyed a year of consistent progress: steady growing sales in store and online, and the introduction of a few carefully chosen brands that sit well within our collection of international country wear – the glory and the awards have been saved for our staff.

Not only did we win Retail Business of the Year at the Scottish Business Excellence Awards but our very own Vanessa Murray was recognised as one of the Drapers 30 under 30. Read more about why our head of ladies’ wear was recognised here. We’re delighted for Vanessa and proud she’s part of the A Hume team.

2017

We introduced several new brands including; Clare Shaw  and Hicks and Brown.

A shiny new website
After 10 successful years, we decided to make a major investment in a new e-commerce platform, which went live in August 2017. 

Proud to celebrate small business 
We were chosen as one of 100 businesses to be featured as part of Small Business Saturday. To mark this special #SmallBiz100 Feature day we organised a few competitions and celebrations to say thank you to all our loyal customers who have supported us over the decades.

Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign that culminates in one big day for the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses on December 2nd. Each year, #Smallbiz100 highlights 100 small businesses, one each day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday. 

2018

Launch of new blog
Our new blog was launched in June 2018. A much more stylish affair all together and an update they we’re very pleased with. Have a look at the new blog here. We update this regularly with posts on anything and everything to do with Country Life and Lifestyle as well as various how to guides including the likes of how best to look after your new boots or dressing like a country gent or lady.

A winning formula
Drapers Magazine is the clothing industry bible, the number one provider of news, views, information and analysis for the sector. This year, A Hume is thrilled and delighted to be shortlisted in the Multi-Channel Independent Retailer of the Year (2018) category, with winners announced in September 2018. 

2020

A New Chapter
Archie and Karen Hume make the difficult decision to sell A · Hume Country Clothing to a local, Scottish Borders family. David Nuttall the Managing Director of William Lockie acquires A · Hume Country Clothing at the end of January. Like Archie and Karen, David has an appreciation for quality brands and a great understanding of manufacturing. David’s daughter, Rachel joins as the Managing Director of A · Hume having spent 7 years at William Lockie.

 

A · Hume Ladies Cashmere Range Launched
We launch our very own ladies cashmere range which is manufactured under the A · Hume label in Scotland. 

Our Coffee Table Catalogue

Our first ever mail order catalogue is produced during the lockdown of 2020 and is posted through letter boxes all over the country in October 2020.

 

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