This month there’s been some exciting new developments in Edinburgh’s thriving independent shopping scene. At the moment I’m loving Atticus Boutique and Elk & Wolf, brand new niche fashion and lifestyle stores in The Arches, and Kakao by K and Jane Davidson on Thistle Street. But my old favourites Covet and Godiva are on fire just now, with two fabulous events celebrating their respective Spring/Summer collections!
Last Thursday I launched a brand new textiles department at my work, the Scottish Design Exchange, supporting Scotland-based print designers for textiles and wallpapers. I am really excited to finally be able to add some of the country’s most talented textile designers to our community of local creatives. Huge thanks to Edinburgh musicians Jack Hinks and Sean Munro for kicking off the party with a brilliant acoustic set, and for everybody who came to celebrate with me!
A Scottish fashion brand I work for, Birds of Prayers, recently launched their new womenswear collection with a party at the Fashion Foundry studios, and have now released the official lookbook images. The photos are taken by Aleksandra Mordrzejewska, modelled by Georgia Garry (Model Team) and styled by I’ll Be Your Mirror with make up by Shaun Lavender.
Don’t Walk Fashion, a collective launched in 2001, host an annual runway show in St Andrews, Scotland that delves into a multi-media world to explore beyond the parameters of fashion to speculate on the many puzzles that face modern society and challenge forms of systematic inequality.
Thanks to new student social networking site Campus Society, I got an inside look into the conceptual catwalk last night.
Since opening in May 2016 in Edinburgh’s old town, Ladyboss Collective, founded by Amber Vermeulen, has gathered a reputation for being the local go-to for locally, female-made art and fashion while creating the coolest nail art in a totally kitsch atmosphere (with Beyonce blasting in the background of course). I popped in yesterday night for a chat with Amber and a quick gel manicure, and left totally inspired by the creativity and the aesthetic. A young, independent business that supports not only other young independent businesses but also homeless women, LGBT rights and female creative empowerment.