A Guide To Scottish Designers
It may be winter but, as always, the fashion industry is in full bloom, with established designers flourishing in the fast paced visually driven world and upcoming talents sprouting from the competitive plant beds of fashion school and social media. And, even though the climate is most likely less forgiving in Scotland, the talent is just as prominent.
Scotland has produced talents from fashion giants, Christopher Kane, who last year announced partnership with Kering (owner of the likes of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma and more), and Jonathan Saunders to international rising stars of the new generation Hayley Scanlan and Holly Fulton.
And at this time of year, what better department of the fashion world to discuss than the outfit completers, the coordination champions, the stocking fillers; accessories.
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The essential daily accessory, keeping us in check and on time; the watch; Kartel’s stunning timepieces make them difficult not to clock even in a highly competitive market. Inspired by the dramatic landscape of Scotland and it’s industrial heritage, Kartel has the singular aim of producing the modern classic watch. True to their inspiration, all watches are designed in Scotland, even incorporating Scottish material, Harris Tweed, in one collection. The fashionable businessman or woman, the stylish professional or simply the fashion conscious; any wrist would look bare without this staple Scottish accessory.
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Garnering incredible support from the likes of Gordon J Miller of Scot Street Style, Janine Matheson of Creative Edinburgh and national platform, Craft Scotland, Niki Fulton is a well recognised name in Scottish fashion. “Motivated by colour”, Niki got the inspiration to dive into the world of textiles after visiting textile mill, Bute Fabrics, and hasn’t looked back since. Printing her patterns onto local linens and silks, she created an incredible range of neck ties, scarves and more which are now stocked in stores across the UK. Bold and colourful, Niki’s accessories have the power to make a statement whilst remaining chic in style and demeanour.
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With the aim of revolutionising the eyewear industry through their simple, affordable and fun approach, IOLLA launched in 2015 and are swiftly making their way to the centrestage of Scottish fashion. Practical and stylish, IOLLA provide prescription spectacles for the fashion conscious, offering over 50 frames in a multitude of colours and covering a spectrum of styles. By cutting out unnecessary costs, designing glasses in house and partnering straight with the factories, IOLLA are able to provide higher-quality, better-looking eyewear at a fraction of the price; and with the recent addition of a range of prescription sunglasses, they welcome you to #SeeWithIOLLA in all weathers.
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Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, luxury knitwear brand, Hilary Grant, was founded in 2011 by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey, focusing on craftsmanship, using high grade lambswool to create beautiful and practical Scottish knitwear. Designing stylish winter essentials, Hilary Grant is the go to brand for keeping out the Scottish chill and keeping in style. Scarves, pom hats, gloves and mittens, the fashionable knitwear designer has captured the eye of fashion world leader, Vogue, as well as reputable publications as The Guardian and The Telegraph. Great quality, style and warmth are all guaranteed with Hilary Grant.
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Orkney, boasting stunning landscapes and scenery, is home to the equally beautiful handmade jewellery of Alison Moore. Her distinctive style incorporates a unique use of metal and gemstones, meticulously designed, crafted and finished by hand at Alison’s studio in Dounby. Proving popular with locals and jewellery lovers across the UK, her collections ooze understated and timeless elegance yet remain completely contemporary in today’s market. Drawing inspiration from the incredible surroundings, as well as the gemstones themselves, Alison Moore continues to create breathtaking pieces five years on from the beginning of her love affair with Orkney and jewellery design.
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Established in 2011, Glasgow based Maccessori aims to bring together the 21st century with traditional Scottish Hebridean handcraft, combining genuine Harris Tweed and luxurious soft Nappa leather to create their range of luxury accessories. The unique blend of materials, created in an array of colours from the brilliantly bold to subtly sophisticated, takes the form of every person’s must have accessories; wallets, purses, bags and more. Maccessori lends itself to a variety of fashion favours, complementing styles of the fashionable male and female, from everyday wear to evening elegance. Stocked in stores across Scotland, allow Maccessori to complete your look with one of the brands timeless accessories.
This selection of leading Scottish accessory designers prove that the fashion industry in Scotland is growing from a fashionable flowerbed to, ensuring we continue planting seeds of talent, a luxurious landscape in the global garden of fashion.