Its a shame to see alot of Canadian Scottish Regiments turning to countries such as Pakistan to purchase accrutrements and uniforms. Companies such as Burnett's & Struth in Barrie Ontario or L & M Highland Outfitters in Dartmouth Nova Scotia are a dying breed in this country as a result. They just cannot compete with the price of the inferior kit produced in Pakistan and India.
I have been involved with procuring highland kit for an Army Cadet unit affiliated with the Nova Scotia Highlanders and can tell you from first hand experiance the huge difference in quality and service between Canadian suppliers and companies in Pakistan.
The NSH Have some Pakistan kit, it is crap to be honest. For example, white spats. We purchased spats from Burnett's & Struth, the Highlanders had just received an order from a supplier in Pakistan. The difference in fit and finish was amazing. First time you put the Pakistani spats, the buttons break! Its a cheaper product, it looks like crap and It will not stand the test of time.
I am happy to say, for Kilts, they had there last batch made by a company in Cape Breton. The Battalion had 20oz MacDonald tartan made to spec in Scotland ($60,000 worth of Tartan) and shipped to the kilt maker. In the QM they have a mix of suppliers dating back to the early 1950's, all the kilt makers are either Canadian companies or Scottish companies(Gordon and Sons for example).
Have a peek at the attached photo. Its one of our Cadets from a few weeks ago instructing cenotaph drill for a Vimy Day parade. The fellow in WWI Kit is a re-enactor. Have a look at the sporrans. The Cadet is wearing a sporran made by L & M Highland Outfitters in Nova Scotia to NSH Specs, the re-enactor is wearing a sporran made in Pakistan. The Pakistani Sporran costs about $100 less then the real deal. You can plainly see the difference in quality, thickness of the hair and the all important swing!
I know money these days is tight, but, I guess in the end you get what you pay for.
Sorry for the rant