Scottish Textile News
A visionary new tartan weaving enterprise is taking shape on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness in Scotland. This new initiative is set to re-design tartan for the future.
“Build the Mill” is a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign that will enable Scottish luxury design House Prickly Thistle Ltd to bring tartan weaving back to its home in the Scottish Highlands. Founder Clare Campbell gave up a career in accountancy to launch the Prickly Thistle brand two years ago and since that time has built up an international clientele.
“Our company gives its clients the opportunity to weave their own piece of history through bespoke tartan designs and products” Campbell, 39 and a native of Ross-shire explained.
Struggling to find suitable manufacturing partners in Scotland in what is already a busy sector for the country’s economy, Campbell took the step to build her own mill on the Black Isle. She has already purchased a farm steading that was suitable for conversion and has received pre-planning approval for the project.
“Given Scotland is the traditional home of tartan, many people find it amazing that there are no tartan weaving mills in the Highland area. Furthermore, by bringing the latest textile weaving technology in-house to complement the brand’s design function, we can ensure that we can meet customer demand while at the same time producing cloth of the highest quality.”
After significant research, the company decided to use the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to raise £500,000 to help complete the mill project. Subscribers to the campaign on the Kickstarter website will be able to choose different levels of cash pledges for which they will receive products, or ‘rewards’ for their support.
But it’s more than just making tartan in its traditional home. For decades, tartan or plaid design fabrics have been hailed as one of the greatest fabric designs anywhere the world. From fashion to interiors, this recognisable cloth has stood the test of time, guaranteeing that you will almost always find it in any on design trend listing.
Tartan cloth and designs have graced the catwalks as integral parts of iconic collections from the most out spoken designers. Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gautier and Alexander McQueen have all applied a rebellious twist to their garment styles with the use of tartan.
In the world of interiors, the use of the cloth has included special edition models from leading luxury sports car brands such as Porsche and Lotus and of course it is a staple of top interior designers worldwide. Patrice Wyndham-Smith of the official On Madison blog noted “Plaid is a new modern and one of the hottest looks around for fall. Designers have rebranded plaid and we are seeing it pop up on the runways and in unexpected ways for home décor. The key to the new plaid is how and where it is used”.
This use of the cloth is what has inspired Clare Campbell to not only take tartan back to its roots but also use it to build an international brand based in the Scottish Highlands. She explained “At Prickly Thistle, we are creating a premium brand for Scotland that will be on a par with the famous European designers, such as Hermes, LVMH and Chanel. To showcase our design capability and to reinforce the fact that Scotland can be home to premium fashion items, we have created a range of bespoke products for the campaign that include our tartan designs as well as providing complementary fashion items of a timeless nature. This new mill will allow us to bring the whole process in house thus creating the opportunity to re-design tartan in every sense, challenge the stereotypes, deconstruct 200 years of the same and disrupt the future of this iconic design but also ensure quality is integral to the process” said Campbell.
As a trustee of the Scottish Tartans Authority, Campbell also ensures that each tartan design is included on the official register. Scottish Tartan Authority Chairman John McLeish is impressed with this exciting campaign, "Scotland is blessed with a good number of quality tartan designers, and weavers of our national iconic fabric. Clare brings a new dimension, and a huge amount of energy, to a traditional industry and it is particularly pleasing to support her ambition of bringing tartan back to its spiritual home. From our perspective, the creation of a new tartan weaving facility in the Highlands is very welcome indeed."
The campaign, which hopes to raise £500,000 to convert and fit out the mill building runs from 14 October for two months. It will offer luxury reward gift items ranging from £15 to £8,000, all of which are unique to the campaign or are numbered limited edition products.
Visit the Build The Mill Kickstarter today to pledge your support
Prickly Thistle website
Nominations for the 2018 Scottish Export Awards, sponsored by HSBC in association with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, are now open.
The Scottish Export Awards and International Trade Campaign brings together businesses from across Scotland to recognise and celebrate their entrepreneurial exporting achievements.
Nominations are now open, for businesses of all shapes and sizes, both exporters and export advisers, so don’t miss your chance to get involved.
The awards on offer range from micro exporter of the year all the way through to large exporter, e-commerce exporter, scale-up and entrepreneurial exporter of the year.
The event will be held on 22 March 2018 at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow. The awards have proven extremely popular in previous years, are completely free to enter, and are a unique opportunity to build your brand profile, generate some good publicity and attract potential investors.
Last year’s BQ Scottish Exporter of the Year award went to the large exporter prize winner, John McGavigan, the Glasgow plastics manufacturer which exports car components across the globe.
BQ’s Bryan Hoare said: "It’s universally recognised now that export markets are crucial for the growth and development of the Scottish economy, and that Scotland has a booming international trade environment in which businesses are being nurtured.
"We’re delighted to be supported by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and islands Enterprise and HSBC who all recognise what a great platform these awards are for businesses to shout about their achievements.
"This is your time to shine, to stand up and proudly proclaim that you are the very best that Scotland has to offer when it comes to exporting in your field.
"We’ve been overwhelmed in previous years with the volume and quality of nominations, and we don’t expect this year to be any different. In line with the overall ethos of BQ, both in print and online, this will be the awards ceremony that your business simply cannot afford to miss."
Alison McGregor, CEO of HSBC Scotland, said: “HSBC are delighted to be sponsoring the Scottish Export Awards for the third year running.
“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise exporting achievements and to inspire and encourage others who are considering exporting as an opportunity for growth.”
Paul Lewis, managing director of Scottish Development International, added: “The Scottish Export Awards are a fantastic way for companies to celebrate and be recognised for their exporting achievements.
“In recent years we’ve seen increasing numbers of exciting and innovative companies enter the awards and I would encourage any ambitious companies out there to take part this year.
“Scotland’s export performance is growing and the potential is huge - that’s why we want to help as many companies as possible to reap the benefits of exporting and drive their business growth.”
Nominations can be completed online here.
Full details on booking tickets, and the remaining sponsorship opportunities, are here.
Scotland Re:Designed (SR:D) returns celebrating luxury and Scottish making at SR:D’s annual showroom, runway, awards and weekend market with a Makers theme this year.
SR:D Glasgow takes place at multi-cultural arts venue, SWG3 in Finnieston from Wednesday the 8th to Sunday the 12th of November with a three-day showroom and a weekend pop-up store for consumers & public where brands are encouraged to submit ideas for creative stand displays.
There are three Creative Scotland funded application stands available in the following categories: Menswear, Womenswear, and Accessories & Interiors - a total of 12 funded spaces. As part of the prize, winners will be offered a 1-2-1 mentoring session with an expert panel and a slot on the much anticipated SR:D runway.
Help to support design, commercialise creativity & sell Scotland.
Click here to apply to exhibit.
Click here to view the SR:D event calendar.
Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018. Interface are seeking the most innovative and successful business-academic collaborations that are happening across Scotland to recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved.
Why should you apply?
Now in its third year the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards are well established as the showcase event of the year for knowledge exchange in Scotland. Previous award winners have reported the following benefits from winning:
They have expressed that the award has brought recognition for their company and the product and it has spurred them on to look for more ways they can continue collaborating with academia.
Stuart Speake, Managing Director of Soltropy, Sustained Partnership of the Year Winner 2016, said:
“Winning an award for our partnership with Heriot-Watt University has given us independent and positive acknowledgement for the work that we have undertaken to help bring our idea closer to a commercial product. Since winning the award we have gone on to win the £100k Scottish Edge Higgs Award and are about to launch our Solar Thermal Technology.”
They are calling for entries across five categories:
Apply now and show Scotland how your business is leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements and environmental advances.
Click here to apply by deadline 5pm on 27th November.
Scottish Interiors: LDN was held on the 18th and 19th of September at Scotland House in London. The best of Scottish interior and textile design companies showcased their products to international buyers, architects, and the media. Below are a selection of images capturing the connections made in London.
Photo credit: Dominic Martin Photography
Who are you, what do you do, and what do you make?
The Natasha Marshall studio is seen as one of the leading textile design studios in the UK, creating contemporary graphic designs for fabrics and wallpaper. Our residential stocked studio collections showcase the best of British design and manufacturing. Or, if you have a specific project, our bespoke service is unique due to our worldwide mill and manufacturing knowledge. We have been producing flame retardant fabrics and wallcoverings for the worldwide hotel, cruise, leisure and healthcare markets since 1997.
What do you hope to achieve at Scottish Interiors LDN?
To grow our brand awareness in the UK and International markets. A showcase for our stocked fabric and wallpaper collections or bespoke design services to potential new clients, stockists, agents, distributors, representatives and influencers.
Feedback to our first showing of our ‘Fife Yacht’ collection of fabrics and wallpapers that will officially launch in January 2018.
Who are the dream stockists for the Natasha Marshall brand?
Clients who love simple design classics. Leading independent interior retailers who stock our pattern books and promote the Natasha Marshall ranges. Our style is very simple and graphic as our fabrics and wallpapers are designed to enhance the architectural space.
What tools and resources or mentors did you use to create your International Strategy?
We work on our International Strategy in-house, with Scottish Enterprise & Business Gateway through courses and focused help. To date we have grown International sales by exhibiting at trade shows and through social media.
What do you think the most important part in the creation of an International Strategy?
We are looking to grow key markets where they love our simple graphic design handwriting. We feel it is vital to understand each market you are selling into or targeting. Service is key in our sector, so we believe it is vital to have the funds to be able to fully service each new market with stocks and samples.
What are three milestones in your business trajectory that have gotten you to this point?
1. The excellent quality and service we offer to all our stockists and bespoke service clients. Customers all say how they love working with the team at Natasha Marshall due to our friendliness, knowledge, and quality of service that we give.
2. Our manufacturing knowledge from working with mills and manufacturers all around the world for the past 20 years. Our ability to add pattern onto fabrics, wall coverings, carpets, rugs, cushions, bedding, ready made curtains etc. right through to delivery.
3. Designing and building our architectural award winning, quirky design studio in Glasgow’s West End.
What is the Unique Selling Point of Natasha Marshall that you will use to sell the brand to buyers?
Our distinct design handwriting established since 1997 - ‘Simple iconic graphic patterns that are timeless and enhance the architectural interior space’.
From experience, our understanding of how to deal with export countries including the delivery and distribution processes.
Stocked ranges that we offer a full cut length and piece service on, through to our bespoke service for individual projects or ranges supplied with all the required technical specification information.
What are you going to do to prepare for Scottish Interiors LDN?
We are in the midst of inviting potential clients to the event. We are also researching influencers in each international market that we are keen to open; and have started to interact through social media. We are thoroughly researching each company we have meetings set up with, to ensure our pitch is focused on their market sector, as our full offering is very broad.
Visit Natasha Marshall online and register here to meet her at Scottish Interiors: LDN.
Who are you, what do you do, and what do you sell?
Since 1986, ERIBÉ have been passionately involved in all technical areas of knitwear with emphasis on design and manufacture. We also hand knit; working with our team of outworkers as well as machine-knitting on all gauges of knitting machines. Specialising in natural fibres and known for our blending of colours, textures, and innovative ideas, we have built up an interesting archive of knitted fabrics which are in constant use for developing ideas for customers and themselves. Our main collection under the brand name of ERIBÉ is inspired by British Heritage, but modernised for a sporty, healthy and busy lifestyle with a focus to make women look younger through finding their own colours. Our main markets are Europe and Asia.
We want to establish new working relationships with larger interior retailers who are keen to work with us to create their own knitted interiors, and interior designers who supply high-end hotels / houses / yachts.
With support from Scottish Enterprise and other organisations such as SCDI and the Borders Export Association, ERIBÉ have been on numerous training courses to help write our strategy. However, the best learning has come from working closely with our customers and agents to knit and develop what the market demands.
Listening to the market and trying to imagine what the future demand will be. Building a system that is flexible and used to constantly improve to look after customers and suppliers in a changing market place. Customer service.
1. Getting knitting machines to do in house production
2. Working with two large loyal German customers (as well as numerous smaller long term customers
3. Finding a production partner who is able to turn our complicated designs into reality and who delivers on time
What is the USP of Eribe Knitwear that you will pitch to buyers?
'The Art of Knitting': We knit your favourite jumper, blanket, hat, glove, or scarf; working with beautiful yarns to blend colours, textures and patterns following WGSN trends and listening to our customers.
We are designing a package of information to make it easy for customers to buy interior cushions, throws, and hot water bottle covers; additionally featuring knitted fabrics in a wide variety of yarns, patterns and knitting techniques for designers to work from. Also we are creating a presentation showing photos of our work, an introduction to ERIBÉ, how to work with us, and the prices and costs involved.
Visit ERIBÉ online and view their exhibitor profile for Scottish Interiors: LDN here.
See the finest Scottish Interiors all together in one exciting new London venue this September 2017 at Scottish Interiors: LDN
Harris Madras Fabric Collection by MYB Textiles
Buyers, architects, and influencers are invited to an exclusive view of the latest collections and meet Scotland’s world renowned interior companies personally over the 18th and 19th September 2017 at striking new venue, 58 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y ODR.
Over the two days, 25 Scottish interiors and lifestyle designer makers, manufacturers and brands will showcase a variety of their latest stunning concepts including floor coverings, textiles, leather, outdoor, furniture, and wallpapers. Among those debuting new work are Araminta Campbell Ltd, Charlotte James Furniture & MYB Textiles.
Alongside the walk-through aesthetic, there will be an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Scottish brands to discuss interior design specialist needs in one place this year, before they show at Decorex, London Design Festival, Design Junction and Focus across the city.
Exhibitors selected by national body Textiles Scotland include Bute Fabrics, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Laura Spring, and Anta; amongst many others which can be viewed here. The event will also feature a preview of Craft Scotland’s pavilion Scotland: Craft & Design (in partnership with Emergents) for the London Design Fair, and five emerging Scottish designers tipped as ‘Ones to Watch’ supported by Creative Scotland.
Design for Breakfast, the preview breakfast morning offers a unique chance to meet all the driving forces behind Scotland’s reputable industry, taking place from 9-11am on Monday 18th September.
Visit http://scottishinteriorsLDN.com to view exhibitors and register, or contact info@scottishinteriorsLDN.com with any queries.
Press: For hi-res imagery, interviews and any questions, please email Kimberley White on email@example.com.
Scottish Interiors: LDN will take place at Scotland House between 9am-5pm on the 18th and 19th of September.
The event is free to attend, with prior registration necessary for security purposes.
Textiles Scotland would advise registering as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the best of Scottish interior design talent in one curated specialist space.
Scotland House, a new London workspace for supporting Scotland’s growth in London and beyond, will host an invitation only reception on the 5th Floor of 58 Victoria Embankment on the evening of Monday the 18th, with esteemed designer Tanis Paul giving an opening speech. Tanis will share snippets of her wealth of expertise in design, consulting, and management; garnered from her experience across the globe.
Textiles Scotland is the membership organisation representing the needs of Scotland's textile design and manufacturing sector, to build on its strengths to work together in a rapidly changing global industry. We aim to benefit members through interaction and collaboration with industry partners and colleagues; by providing access to information and assistance, and promoting Scottish textile products and companies to buyers, suppliers and interested parties.
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Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Their role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. They support ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. They also work with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.
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Scotland House is a flexible home-from-home workspace. With high quality facilities, a central location and competitive membership rates, it takes your business where it needs to be while visiting the capital. With significant market opportunities and more investors than any other city, London is the perfect platform to build your network and expand your reach. What makes Scotland House unique, is its focus on supporting Scotland’s growth in London and beyond.
Scotland House provides a base from which to make connections and grow your business. Whether you want to host an event, use the meeting rooms or take advantage of their hot desk facilities, Scotland House offers state-of-the-art technology and bespoke facilities that have been designed for their Members’ use. Free WiFi is available to all Members. The in-house team is on hand to provide support and guidance, as well as offering an extensive programme of business themed events.
Craft Scotland is the national development agency for craft. They put makers at the heart of all they do, championing diverse and high-quality contemporary craft. They help people learn about, appreciate and buy craft, promoting the contribution of craft to Scotland’s cultural, economic and social well-being.
Through exhibitions and events programmes, digital platforms and strategic partnerships, they provide leadership for the sector. They create opportunities for makers to develop their creative and business practice, and to exhibit and sell work in Scotland and beyond. They are a registered charity supported by Creative Scotland.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. They distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit creativescotland.com and follow @creativescots and facebook.com/CreativeScotland.
List of all 26 companies exhibiting at Scottish Interiors LDN:
· Andrew Muirhead
· Araminta Campbell Ltd
· Begg & Co
· Bespoke Atelier
· Charlotte James Furniture
· Harris Tweed Hebrides
· Iona Crawford
· Jilli Blackwood
· Laura Spring
· Leigh Bagley
· Lovat Mill
· MYB Textiles
· Natasha Marshall
· Shearer Candles
· Studio Roam
· The Isle Mill
· The Plan
· Turnberry Rugworks
· Wendy Morrison Design
Creative Scotland’s Emerging Designer Display:
We are textiles artisans, Morton Young and Borland (MYB Textiles), weaving beautifully crafted lace and madras fabrics since 1900. Our Victorian mill in the Irvine Valley is the only mill in the world still designing and weaving Nottingham Lace. We produce stocked fabric collections as well as lace and madras window panels, roller blinds, wallpaper, table covers and baby blankets.
Our hope is to gain more exposure within the UK market, predominately with London/SE based architects, interior designers and wholesale customers.
We have a large cross section of worldwide stockists including TV/Film production companies, boutique interior stores, high end hospitality organisations and fashion companies who are all great. We would like to expand upon our UK stockists especially targeting high end retailers such as Osborne & Little and Liberty.
Our sales and design staff completed a SDI international strategy workshop hosted at Scottish Enterprise.
The most important part is to focus on which areas of business/countries to target which then should lead to achieve growth in business for our company.
1. Design/loom computerised networking
3. Trevira FR yarn development than now allows contract weaving.
What is Unique Selling Point of MYB Textiles that you will to use to pitch your business to buyers?
We are the only producers designing lace & madras fabric, marrying traditional skills with modern technology. We offer wide width fabric options, quick turnaround times on bespoke design solutions, and we have a track record collaborating with world famous brands.
How will you prepare for Scottish Interiors LDN?
We are busy researching companies we have appointments with and those that are attending the event, and tailoring our presentation to fit with each company.
Visit MYB Textiles online and register interest to meet them at Scottish Interiors: LDN via the MYB exhibitor profile.
For the past 26 years, Decoupage has designed and manufactured luxury hand painted wallpapers for the UK based commercial interiors market. We hand paint to order, with an impressive delivery time of 2-4 weeks. Since our products are made to order, we can colour match to the client’s scheme. This approach has allowed us to undertake large projects, such as Philip Treacy’s signature G Hotel in Galway, to bespoke private residences in London and NYC. All Decoupage wallpapers are highly durable, fire rated in the UK to ‘BS 476 parts 6 & 7’ and are environmentally friendly.
Decoupage also has a luxury range of co-ordinating interior decorative fabrics including cushions, throws, curtains and lampshades and a digitally printed range of retail wallpapers which we will show at the Scottish Interiors: LDN event.
What do you hope to achieve at Scottish Interiors LDN?
We continuously strive to extend our brand’s reach and aim to further promote our unique products and services at Scottish Interiors LDN. We look forward to networking with international buyers there and finding collaboration opportunities for special interiors projects and retail/online outlets for our very latest DX2 range. We also hope to reconnect with contacts made previously at Hi Design Asia, Heimtextil and Maison & Objet.
Who are your dream stockists for your brand?
Designers/buyers with top commercial and residential projects such as Hirsch Bedner Associates, HLA, Jaya International, Ritz Carlton for our hand painted ranges.
Distributors such as Arte, Kravet or Marburg for our latest hybrid range, “Lounge Lizards”:
Retailers such as Wallpaper Direct, Not on the High Street or John Lewis for our new ‘DX2’ range.
Although Decoupage has had international sales indirectly through its UK distribution and promotion at international trade shows, we initiated our international strategy in 2015 when we were fortunate enough to participate in Hi Design Asia, supported by Scottish Enterprise. We like to take a personal approach and met several key buyers there who appreciated being able to speak directly to the business owner. We are finding that frequent visits best aid the establishment of new relationships. This not only provides opportunities to clearly communicate our USP’s but also to fully understand the needs of new partners. This year we have obtained global distribution within the Fardis brand of Muraspec PLC for three of our ranges.
I think it is paramount to listen and pay attention to details when developing an international strategy. Listening to advice from colleagues at trade shows, at networking events, and through participation with Textiles Scotland will give a useful insight into what to do and what not to do when creating and implementing an International strategy. Listening to potential buyers, to find out what they want and how you are best placed to help them realise their goals is crucial.
1) Distribution by Helen Sheane Wallcovering (now part of the Vescom group). Back in the 1990’s, we were distributed and stocked by Helen Sheane wallcoverings, who had the foresight to promote a small Scottish company which not only hand painted wallpaper, but then ripped or cut it up into pieces before pasting it onto the wall. Every major commercial interior design firm in the UK had a Decoupage box of samples, and our style and reputation really took off then. Years later, we have a long list of loyal clientele, and receiving orders from repeat customers when they move premises is always a pleasure.
2) Perfecting the digital/hand-painted wallpaper hybrid. Although we originally were a “no-tech” company, we were always interested in the latest technologies, and finding a way to incorporate 16,000+ colours which dry instantly is too good to miss. Five developmental years later, and the digital technology has finally caught up with our imagination. Realising all of our stringent requirements; environmentally friendly, made in Scotland and commercially reproducible, we are delighted to be able to offer a truly unique blend of artisanal and state of the art design.
3) Global distribution through Muraspec PLC . who have taken three of our ranges for global distribution this year, and look forward to international sales of “DecoTweed”, “Natralle” and Eden II”.
What is the USP of Decoupage that you will use to pitch your business to buyers?
Authenticity: Decoupage designs are cutting edge and hand painted in the Scottish Borders by artisans with 26 years of experience. We sign every project to assure authenticity.
Superior Quality: All Decoupage products are environmentally friendly and are created using the highest quality water-based paints, varnishes and our own custom made, durable paper.
Outstanding Service Commitment: Decoupage works closely with clients to ensure that every project has a successful outcome. We have 26 years of experience meeting deadline commitments, and provide expert guidance and support at every stage of the project.
We are very excited to be launching two new product ranges at the Scottish Interiors: LDN event. Decoupage will present our latest hybrid range, “Lounge Lizards”, and a completely new digitally printed retail wallpaper range, called "DX2".
We are in the final stages of preparing samples and promotional images for these new ranges, as well as price lists in all major currencies. We are also busy contacting potential international partners to invite them to Scottish Interiors: LDN, and aim to utilise the event to increase our social media presence.
Visit Decoupage online and book an appointment via the Decoupage exhibitor profile.
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