From the innovative creations of Christopher Kane to the whimsical carnival chic world of Holly Fulton, Scotland has quite the conglomeration of revolutionary clothing connoisseurs. Although all are timeless, this land isn’t just knitwear, tartan, cashmere and tweed — it’s so much more. Exciting times await in Edinburgh’s world of fashion, draped upon the horizon with a tribe of fresh catwalk-ready Scottish fashion faces. Here, discover the Scottish fashion designers you should know about.
Kestin Hare is one to watch out for. This contemporary menswear label oozes an unwavering sense of cool and sophistication. After drawing upon 15 years of experience, Kestin Hare was established in 2014. Each and every piece is designed out of Hare’s Edinburgh studio in Stockbridge and exemplifies the best of British craftsmanship and quality. 2015 was a momentous date for the label following the launch of the London flagship store and showroom in Shoreditch, and the Autumn/Winter ’16 collection is one that resonates with the soul. ‘The Living Mountain’ channels a welcomed snippet of understated mountaineering. Drawing inspiration from the profound book of the same name by Nan Shepherd, Hare’s collection sparks romantic images of trekking through the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands.
Cathal Mcateer, the brainchild behind Folk Clothing, is a purveyor of all things contemporary chic. Browsing through his elegant women’s and classic men’s collections is quite frankly dangerous — every piece is that exquisite. Folk Clothing is devoid of drama and more than often omits intense migraine inducing patterns. Instead, this label favors refined block colors like navy, dusty pinks, sumptuous sludge greens and grays with top-notch tailoring and a meticulous penchant for all things quality. It is this ever-scrutinous eye for each minute detail that puts him on the fashion map. Visit any of the Folk stores in London and see it for yourself.
There is nothing that Edinburgh-born Patrick Grant cannot do when the word ‘fashion’ comes into the equation. The creative Director of Norton & Sons, this British sensation has an eye for bespoke tailoring. Not only that, but he has many more studs on his belt from working with Barbour and as a judge on the television series The Great British Sewing Bee. This critically-acclaimed wonder deserves a standing ovation for the ever so successful relaunching of E. Tautz & Sons as a ready to wear brand in 2009. A subsidiary of Norton, this label enables Grant to shake matters up. This way he can enter into an edgier fashion playground and focus less on that timeless tailored suit. Pay attention to Patrick — there is no telling what tricks are lurking up his perfectly hand-stitched sleeves.
Gibson & Birkbeck
It is no surprise that Gibson & Birckbeck was nominated one of the top five best textile brand of the year from the Scottish Fashion Awards in 2016. From wonderful prints of foxes to apples, squirrels, and bumble bees, this label is renowned for possessing some serious shirt game. Katie Gibson herself perfectly draws every print by hand. Each and every one of the shirts is made from 100% cotton poplin, and of course, are all designed in Scotland. Gibson & Birkbeck can be considered country chic with a unique twist, making it stand out from the crowd. The label, which is inspired by nature and the shifting of seasons, pays particular attention to classic structuring, versatile cuts and shirts possessing that perfect blend of androgyny and femininity.
Kerrie Alexander is the wonder behind the magic that is KerrieAldo. This skilled independent designer showed a glimpse of her true color palette (and wow, it is mesmerizing) the moment she showcased her menswear collection by Mark Elie in Edinburgh. Unsurprisingly, well-known French fashion blogger Diane Pernett took a shining to the designs, the collection and accompanying portfolio and fashion film titled ‘Emasculated Status’. Since then, Kerrie has has been soaring to new heights with her contagious collections. Undeniably, KerrieAldo deserves praise for its stellar range of coats and jackets, all of which are made in Scotland. The immense amount of craftsmanship and skill that goes into each stitch and cut deserves a major round of applause. People better watch out — this one has taken to the industry like Kate Moss to the catwalk.
By Tori Chalmers
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