• Fashion with a citrus twist

    Why did you start working in the textiles industry?

    I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a degree in Textile Design in 2013. Travelling around Asia inspired me to start dabbling with some pretty cool prints. I took the plunge and established Lime Blonde in April 2016.  I’ve not been around for long but I’m learning fast!

    A fierce passion for Scottish textiles

    Who has been your been biggest influence?

    My mum, to be honest. I’m not just saying that for good daughter points, but she has worked for herself most of her life and successfully ran her own business – at age 21 she employed 16 people and that is insane to me! She’s made me brave, and taught me the value of having a skill to look after yourself. I never relied on pocket money growing up!



    What do you think is so special about the Scottish textiles industry?

    Now that I’m part of it, I’ve quickly realised how tight-knit a community it is. Girls I went to college with are interning with designers I’ve met and everyone has a fierce passion for what they are doing, which makes it exciting to be a part of. From designers to models, everyone works hard to make Scottish textiles magic. There are no limits to the ideas people come up with.


  • Eye-popping prints!

    Name one (or more!) Scottish designer that you admire.

    I am completely obsessed with Holly Fulton and her beautiful geometric print work. I stalked her progress whilst I was at university and found her work inspirational. I’d like to meet her to personally explain how much she influenced me.


    What is the most valuable thing you learned along the way?

    Don’t be embarrassed by your mistakes. It takes courage to take risks and you can’t look back with regret if something doesn’t work out. I used to spend a lot of time wondering what I could have improved on but now I’m always looking to the next project, working with what I’ve got and making something happen.


  • What do you think will have the biggest impact on Scotland’s textiles industry over the next ten years?

    The willingness of consumers to change how they purchase. A lot of minds need to be changed when it comes to getting people to use beautiful, thoughtfully crafted pieces from independent instead of regurgitated, throw-away high-street clothes. Many in my generation say they want ethical fashion and something different but don’t practice what they preach. I think this change is underway and will gather momentum. More and more independent boutiques and designers are popping up and hopefully this continues.

  • What is the most valuable thing you learned along the way?

    Don’t be embarrassed by your mistakes. It takes courage to take risks and you can’t look back with regret if something doesn’t work out. I used to spend a lot of time wondering what I could have improved on but now I’m always looking to the next project, working with what I’ve got and making something happen.

    Advice? Get yourself out there

    What words of advice do you have for any other upcoming talent?

    Don’t waste too much time trying to get everything right before you start. I still haven’t had that Eureka moment of ‘Kirsty, you’ve nailed it!’, and my goals are big enough that I may never be fully satisfied with something. If you want to start a brand, don’t hang around and wait. Start small, get yourself out there and meet designers and learn as much as you can along the way.

    Do you have any other interests beside textiles?

    I spend as many free nights as possible at the cinema. I have one of those cards that you can use to go as often as you like. I’d like to say I love watching movies but it may be sitting down doing nothing with lots of snacks that I have the real passion for.

  • And finally...where do you see yourself in five years?

    I’d love to have a permanent studio with staff to develop and grow Lime Blonde. I do everything by myself which is great at the moment, but as the number of stockists’ increase and production demands grow more space will be needed and I’ll have a heavier workload. For now, I’m happy to grow naturally and see where the journey takes me – I couldn’t have predicted this six months ago!

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