Today marks my 1st anniversary of working for The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX), and so much has happened in that year, I thought it deserved a blog post. For those that don’t know, SDX is a collective of over 120 artists and designers, from contemporary jewellery to fine art and everything in between, all living and working in Scotland.
We’re a not-for profit enterprise that opened in August 2015 as a retail space that benefits independent brands by giving them 100% of the profit, and showing customers a huge variety of unique products, knowing exactly where are coming from.
I joined as an intern to help open the fashion department, and now manage over 25 designers Glasgow, Edinburgh, and beyond as well as running all the social media activities for the company.
I’m so excited for what is to come in 2017 for The Scottish Design Exchange. From a brand new textiles department supporting up and coming designers and manufacturers of fabrics for fashion and interiors, and tonnes of ongoing charity and community projects, to potentially expanding to more stores within the city and eventually nationwide, we have the potential to really make a difference this year.
My favourite moments from the past year working at SDX have definitely been the events I’ve organised to help celebrate our projects. Back in February we launched the #SDXLoft fashion space with a huge party in our Leith store, and since then we’ve hosted blogger and press events, music nights, style tutorials, social media workshops and monthly meet-the-makers days. I love meeting customers, whether loyal regulars or completely new to our concept, who have been so supportive and enthusiastic.
Another highlight has definitely been seeing many of the emerging and entrepreneurial creatives gain confidence after getting the opportunity to be part of a supportive like minded community, and really succeed in their business. Mark Vice, Sally Fisher and Alexander Jackson certainly stand out, as well as labels Made In Leith, Birds of Prayers, Objectified, Yellow Bubble and Hidden Stag. I feel such a sense of pride for my designers and constantly seek out more opportunities to get their names and products out there. Scotland is full to brim with creative talent that is not being recognised for its full potential, and that needs to change; we hope that The Scottish Design Exchange can push that change.