Kilt Sporrans from USA Kilts
After the kilt itself, the sporran is the most important piece in a man’s kilt outfit. This leather pouch is your carry-all for keys, wallet, phone, etc. since you do not have pockets on a traditional Celtic kilt. All of the sporrans we offer are made in Scotland by the world's top sporran makers, to our specifications. You will find many custom designs here not available anywhere else, like our complete line of Irish sporrans and Welsh sporrans.
Which Sporran do I need?
There are different types of sporrans for different occasions. Day sporrans, Semi Dress Sporrans, Hunting Sporrans and Dress Sporrans all have different details which make them more or less appropriate for different situations. Most regular kilt wearers will have at least two sporrans -- one for casual wear (Celtic festivals, pub crawls, etc.) and one for dressy affairs (weddings, holiday parties, masonic meetings, etc.) Your choice of sporran is a great way to show your personal style or affiliations (check out our Clan Crest Sporrans!)
Day sporrans are worn casually, during the day (hence the name) and are typically made in leather with a flap on the top to enclose the contents. Semi Dress sporrans are a cross between the Dress sporran and the Day sporran. They are half leather (the flap that closes the top) and half fur (the front 'face' of the sporran) and typically have 3 tassels on the front. While some consider them to be “a jack of all trades, master of none”, they can be worn for both formal and casual occasions.
Dress Sporrans are typically worn formally (events like weddings, funerals, Burns suppers, etc) and are most often made from fur (Bovine is most common in the US) with tassels on the front. They are different in appearance in that they are oval in shape with a metal cantle (semi circle of decorated metal at the top) on top and open in a “V” from the top. Hunting sporrans are a full leather sporran with no tassels on the front. They are preferred by many pipe bands for the lack of 'drumming' done while walking (no tassels = no drumming). While it's not clear where they acquired the name “Hunting Sporran”, it is a generally accepted term that is meant to differentiate them from the typical day sporran.
For a video explaining the differences between our sporran models, click here.
“Sporran” is Gaelic for "purse" or “pouch” (pronounced /Spor' en/). You may see alternate spellings like “sporin”, “sporren”, “sporen”, etc. You will also hear the old joke about the sporran being a “man bag” or “man purse.” Just remember that the word purse was unisex up until the modern day. In the old days, this all-purpose bag was for anything from gold coins to musket shot and oats (the Highlander’s marching rations).