Style by the Sea: Scottish Design Exchange

Ocean Terminal, a shopping centre in Leith by the sea, is what some may describe as a lifeless, generic mall, filled with chain restaurants, coffee giants, tacky stalls and high street shops. As someone who has worked there in two instances, I can agree to some extent, but in recent times, the clever people at the centre have been rejuvenating their reputation. By welcoming local creative talent to showcase and sell their products in various retail formats, Ocean Terminal has turned itself into a bustling design hub.

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Jack Hinks @ Cabaret Voltaire

Last weekend I was part of the audience at “Jack Hinks” headline gig held at Cabaret Voltaire, and it was quite some show. The collaboration of Guitar (Jack Hinks), Vocals (Jack Hinks and Fiona Liddell), Violins- yes two violinists! (Fiona Liddell and Hannah Dickson), Drums (Gab Zat) Piano (Sam Thorne) and Bass (Will Bleasedale) was so refreshing to see and had set my expectations high- I was certainly not disappointed, not even close.

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Boho Vintage Concept Store

During my adventures in Prague, Czech Republic, this week, I’ve discovered so many intriguing retail treasure troves. From pokey, dark little shopfronts filled with eccentric collections of antiques to huge thrift stores full of second-hand clothes to vinyl record and book shops with bargain classics lining the walls to flagship high-street and designer giants on the main shopping street. However, the one that stood out most to me was Boho, a “vintage concept store” pop-up….

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Fashion Collaborations

In the wake of the lustworthy chaos of Balmain’s exclusive collection for H&M, the fashion industry has been mulling over designer-high street collaborations. 

Are they a great way of expanding the market for luxury brands and allowing ‘regular’ customers to access high fashion, or simply an over-hyped limited edition, poor quality fuss over mediocre clothes that people will quite literally fight over and camp overnight outside a store to get hold of? And are we just becoming slaves to labels, splashing the cash just to get hold of anything by a couture house?

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Cruelty-Free Fashion

Picture from http://www.veganfashionblog.com/ (a great read!)

Hello lovely reader, it’s Ruth here! About two months ago, I decided to turn vegan after a long stint of being an ethical vegetarian. It’s been tough-going at times especially while being a new university student learning to cook for myself, being pretty strapped for cash, and because of my eating disorder (which you can read about here) but I’m not giving up anytime soon! In fact, I’ve been thinking about extending this veganism, which by definition is a means to reduce the exploitation of animals, therefore isn’t confined just to food, so of course I’m referring to the big scary fashion world. Read more to find out my top ethical fashion blog and cruelty-free wishlist.

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