Scottish Textile News
The i-on Breakthrough Awards celebrate the next generation of emerging talent from the best businesses in Central Belt Scotland.
Textiles Scotland members have been highlighted as excelling in their respective fields. Nu Blvck have been nominated for the Online Influencer Award, and Mairi Helena has made the Design Award shortlist.
Nu Blvck produce exclusive collections of fashion accessories created by emerging designers. Their transparent and innovative business model means demand before supply, allowing for more ethical trade. They strive to bring their artisan creators close to their customers by creating interesting conversations around inspirations and creative stories. Visit the Nu Blvck website and remember to vote for them to make the finals of the Online Influencer Award.
Image c/o Nu Blvck
Mairi Helena is an Edinburgh based designer producing high-end luxury home accessories for interiors and fashion. Her novel designs are created using influences from her photographic portfolio of Scotland, producing abstract surface pattern designs with a unique fine art feel. Think vibrant colours and a strong influence from local landscapes and wildlife. Check out Mairi's website here, and cast your vote to help her to reach the Design Award finals.
Image c/o Mairi Helena
Winners will be announced at the i-on Breakthrough Awards winners’ party at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 13 September 2017 and will appear in the October issue of the magazine and online.
There will be winners chosen for each category and they will each receive a marketing campaign in i-on, worth £2,000. There will also be one overall winner (from the category winners) who will receive a £15,000 marketing campaign with i-on to be used in 2018.
Find the voting form here to vote for your favourites.
In Lanarkshire Elizabeth Martin crafts elegantly modern womenswear from Hebridean Harris tweed and Ayrshire lace.
Last week, Textiles Scotland member Elizabeth gathered with hundreds more at Meet the Manufacturer, now the key sourcing event for information on British producers and brands.
The creation of former Burberry and M&S designer and buyer Kate Hills, Meet The Manufacturer was established in 2014 after realising how mass outsourcing overseas would lead to a permanent skills loss at home.
This year’s MTM features 200 exhibitors with special showcases for British wool, creative brands and brainstorming sessions on the critical issue of how to develop future generations of manufacturers.
“Use it or lose it” is Hills’ essential message.
“Making in the UK is cost-effective and sustainable,” she explains. “By buying authentic British goods you are keeping the skills alive. Everything was becoming so fragmented, it could so easily have all disappeared. But now makers, designers and buyers have a central point bringing them together. This event has grown four-fold and we plan to hold more smaller ones and roll them out nationwide.”
Elizabeth Martin, a descendant of single parent seamstresses who had to make do and mend so “always valued fabric”, switched from soft furnishings to fashion two years ago.
“My vision was to build a British brand and I’ve used my £70,000 savings to do it,” she says of her business Elizabeth Martin Tweed.
Sourcing, designing and making in Scotland both in her home studio and with a local factory, Martin draws on heritage textiles such as the hand-woven, fabulously rainbow-coloured Harris tweed.
Prices for her 25-piece, day-to-night, versatile range are mid-market and “for women who want individuality, sensuality and comfort. Our fabrics have provenance they appreciate that,” says Martin who acknowledges both the guidance she first had from retailer Liberty and the government support she has received to attend Far East trade missions and develop her website.
Overseas orders from north America and Europe are increasing with her Fiona swing coat (£379) and Florrie lace top with a pastel tweed trim (£125) emerging the bestsellers.
Turnover is now heading for £21,000 and she employs two with another five indirectly.
“MTM is the chance to connect with buyers and where I will start on my next goal, finding wholesalers for joint venture partnerships,” she adds.
The recession was definitely a catalyst for Martin, but others have been the referendum and Brexit. “So now’s the moment,” she says, “for British makers to shout from the rooftops.”
Please see original article via The Express here.
The mood at the fourth edition of UK fashion sourcing event Meet the Manufacturer was “cautiously optimistic” among manufacturers, brands, buyers and designers, as Brexit boosts interest in made in the UK products.
The two-day event on 25-26 May at The Old Truman Brewery in east London, showcased more than 150 British fashion, textiles and homeware brands.
Make It British founder Kate Hills said overall demand for UK-made products had noticeably soared, and she reported representation from “every” high street retailer, as well as museums and galleries, at the show.
“It is great to see everyone, from designers to buyers and manufacturers, having conversations on how they can collaborate.”
Those on the exhibition floor praised a surge in interest in manufacturing in the UK in the aftermath of the European Union referendum last June.
However, several exhibitors said this display of interest had not necessarily translated into high-volume sales, as buyer activity was curtailed by the ongoing uncertainty caused by Brexit and the fall in the value of sterling.
Rob Huson, joint managing director at premium outerwear company London Tradition, said: “There has been a lot of interest in UK products but, when discussion turns to prices, it becomes a different story. Retailers are looking more towards offshoring to save on costs and therefore compromise on products made in England. This has been very noticeable for autumn 17.”
This year’s show was expanded with a hall dedicated to brands, and attracted greater interest from start-ups and younger businesses.
Bhavik Master, director at knitwear company Jack Masters, said there was a “good variety” of buyers and brand owners in attendance: “There has been increasing interest in products that have been made in England, and a lot of focus on yarns in particular. There are a lot of young brands coming in that are looking to buy into the UK look.”
See original article on Drapers website.
Are you a textile company supplying high quality interior and lifestyle products? It's time to make your mark in London and beyond.
Textiles Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, are hosting a two-day buyer event at brand new venue Scotland House in London. This event is the perfect opportunity for the Scottish interior brands looking with an ambition to grow their international sales, and to expand their contacts in London, Europe, and the USA.
The two-day event will consist of scheduled one-to-one buyer meetings and a static showcase display of selected Scottish companies, over the 18th and 19th September 2017. An evening drinks reception will be held on the 18th.
London is a key location for a great number of global interiors business, with over 70% of international interior hotel, commercial, and private projects being specified in London offices. London is a meeting place for the world's business leaders, and is consequently Scotland's most important trading market. Scotland's proximity to London means Scottish companies can take advantages of the city's status as a global gateway. Scotland House is centrally located in the heart of the city, enjoying a prominent position on the banks of the River Thames. This flexible business base will present Scottish businesses with new opportunities to build and enhance relationships with clients, partners, and connections.
Running concurrently with the Textiles Buyer event will be major trade show events including the London Design Festival, Decorex, and PAD. The timing of the Textiles Buyer event to coincide with these renowned events will ensure high traffic and global footfall to our Scottish offering.
Spaces are extremely limited for this opportunity, and interest is understandably high.
You must complete your application on the Scottish Enterprise website through this form by Friday 16th June to be in with a chance.
Come and join us at Scottish Interiors: LDN and make your business visible to London and beyond.
Lampshade / Photography: Kate Colin Design / Alasdair Smith
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce are offering Scottish businesses a chance to make connections in new markets and access international business opportunities. The Make It In Milan programme is seeking applications from Scottish businesses in Textiles, Clothing, Fabric Design and Production.
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has begun to establish a number of partnerships with chambers in cities and regions around the world where there are opportunities for collaboration between member companies. To optimise the practical business benefits of these partnerships they have organised a series of visits to help Scottish businesses make connections in new markets and access international business opportunities. GCC want to ensure that businesses have access to international markets that meet their specific needs and aspirations and help them to establish commercial relationships which will result in profitable business growth.
The core feature of the Make it in Milan programme will be company to company meetings. These will be arranged through a business matching process conducted by the BCCI in partnership with the Confartigianato Bergamo. The meetings will align the priority prospects for businesses from both sides with the aim of finding common ground to identify opportunities for mutual commercial development. Additional guidance and support will be made available for each potential project in both countries as the business relationships develop.
In order to prepare for the programme businesses are asked to complete a Company Capability Statement and Profile Form which will be used to target the most appropriate potential partners to connect with throughout the visit.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 16th May.
For more information please see GCC website.
#DesignUpScotland - a hashtag to help pull together the Scottish interiors community.
Edinburgh-based photographer and textile designer Mairi Helena has collaborated with fellow interiors blogger Fiona Cameron to develop a hashtag on Instagram to help bring together the thriving Scottish interiors scene.
Mairi says, "We both feel passionately about supporting Scottish interiors talent, whether emerging or established,and would like to introduce the tag #designupscotland to raise awareness of the best of Scottish interiors among our readers and followers."
Much like the ethos behind Textiles Scotland, Mairi and Fiona believe that together we can build a tag that unites the vibrant, dynamic interiors community in Scotland and showcases the best of the Scottish interiors scene.
If you are a designer, retailer, publisher, influencer or an interiors addict; living or working in Scotland, and your work or interests represent fresh, expressive, contemporary Scottish interiors then please tag your interiors posts #designupscotland.
This project aims to create an easy way of searching brands, retailers, interior stylists, interior bloggers, makers, designers within the country who all either create, write or produce Scottish interiors.
This tag will act as a directory of Scottish interiors brands, and also create opportunities for making real life connections and collaborations to help the interiors community thrive.
If you are a Scottish interiors brand and are interested in your brand or designs being featured on Around The Houses, they would love to hear from you. Take the opportunity to tell your story. How does your connection with Scotland influence your work? Get in touch with Mairi on email@example.com.
Find out more about #DesignUpScotland here.
Welcome to the brand new Textiles Scotland!
We are now Textiles Scotland, the membership organisation previously known as the Scottish Textile and Leather Association.
Why the name change you ask?
Well, we decided it was high time for a rebrand. We had the opportunity to take over the brand name Textiles Scotland as we grew our business, and we jumped at the chance. From our point of view, and hopefully yours, the name Textile Scotland sends a clear message to the industry and prospective buyers, about who we represent. After some consideration, we agreed that ‘Textiles Scotland’ presented better opportunities for visibility, to global and domestic markets.
Our mission has not changed, but we are expanding as our support of the Scottish textile industry grows. We are now Textiles Scotland, a membership organisation representing the Scottish textile industry and individual businesses.
Our CEO, David Breckenridge says,
“The Scottish Textile & Leather Association are delighted to announce that we will be re-branding under the banner of ‘Textiles Scotland’ as from April 2017. The organisation will continue to represent member interests by engaging with various government and industry agencies, where we have been particularly successful in recent years. The STLA has played a leading role in the development of initiatives in key areas such as skills and innovation. We remain committed to ensuring that projects which support our businesses, from micro design-led companies through to large-scale knitwear and leather manufacturers, develop the skills of the workforce in a structured manner and continue to increase the capacity for innovation.
In 2016, following considerable consultation with our members, we agreed a new strategy for the fashion, textile and leather industry in Scotland. This is important because it establishes a framework around which support from various government agencies can be formed. The overall vision for the industry identified in the strategy established that it should be:
The re-branding of the STLA as ‘Textiles Scotland’ will ensure that we have an instantly recognisable and effective vehicle through which we can influence and promote all the different elements of our strategic vision for the industry.
We look forward to the challenges ahead and are confident that with your support we can ensure that our aspirations become reality.”
If you have any questions about the change from the STLA to Textiles Scotland, please read our FAQs here. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please contact us.
Craft Scotland are delighted to announce the success of their partnership with the American Craft Council (ACC). The 20 selected Scottish-based makers and designers sold over £100,000 of Scottish craft to North American customers, galleries and retailers. One of the highlights of North America’s craft calendar, the American Craft Show Baltimore 2017 has (up to now) only showcased the work of North America’s leading makers.
With over 20,000 people attending the show and a showcase of over 650 different designers across the three days (Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February), the work of Scotland’s makers proved a massive hit. The Craft Scotland area of the show was inundated with visitors across the three days. As well as record sales, Scottish makers have secured contracts with galleries in the US; have had invitations to further industry shows, and picked up US gallery representation for their work.
Craft Scotland Director, Fiona Logue, said; “Craft Scotland is delighted with the success of our visit to the Baltimore Craft Show at the invitation of the American Craft Council. We received a warm welcome and much praise for the work on show from organisers, fellow exhibitors and visitors. It was clear that there was a fresh and contemporary design aesthetic on the Scotland stand which along with the quality of the craftsmanship, really made it stand out and attract attention. We are thrilled for our makers who sold incredibly well, several having very few objects left on their stand by the end of the show. Moreover, a number gained trade orders and links with North American galleries and organisations. We look forward to exploring future opportunities with our colleagues in the ACC”.
The 20 makers who were selected represent a broad range of contemporary Scottish craft from across the country. From STLA member Tessuti‘s hand-dyed fashion accessories, to Lara Scobie’s stunning sculptural ceramics, the showcase included jewellery, ceramics and textiles. The works take their inspiration from a huge range of sources, including Scotland’s breathtaking seascapes and stunning coastline, flora in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scottish folklore and Scotland’s urban creatures.
A celebration of all things handmade, the American Craft Show Baltimore 2017 was a five-day show: with two days for trade, followed by three retail days where the show is open to the public. This was the perfect opportunity for Scottish makers to connect with a passionate American audience and introduce them to the wealth of design-led, high-quality craft Scotland has to offer.
School pupils from across Scotland have visited Dumfries House to learn more about skills and job opportunities in the fashion and textiles scene.
More than 50 secondary school pupils attended the Industry Insight event that aims to increase pupil understanding of the textiles industry and encourage uptake of related school qualifications and careers in that field.
The event at the historic venue near Cumnock was organised as part of the Future Textiles programme, which is run at the estate, and followed a pilot project run in September that focused on the skills needed to succeed in the industry. Future Textiles is run in collaboration with Ayrshire and Glasgow Clyde colleges and is geared towards addressing a skills gap in the fashion and textiles industry.
More than 800 participants – teachers and secondary school pupils, as well as industry representatives undertaking specialist training – have participated in workshops in sewing, pattern-drafting, and woven textiles as part of the programme.
The project has attracted support and input from local and national industry experts, including Scottish designer Christopher Kane and Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, judge on television series The Great British Sewing Bee.
At the event last week, Alistair McAulay, founder of interiors specialist and STLA member Timorous Beasties, and his colleague Gavin Thomson, a screen printer, spoke about their world-renowned printed textiles brand.
Ashleigh Lindsay, Future Textiles project assistant at Dumfries House, said: “We were delighted to welcome pupils to our Industry Insight event. It was obvious that they have great enthusiasm for textiles and an impressive knowledge of the subject gained at school, and they engaged well with the industry experts who came along. We hope they, like the many other pupils who have attended similar events have gained motivation to pursue qualifications in the subject and a career in one of Scotland’s most exciting and thriving industries.”
See original article here.
Long established STLA member MacNaughton Holdings is under new management.
James Dracup has replaced Blair MacNaughton as Managing Director of the 70-employee manufacturer and wholesaler of premium Scottish-made textiles.
Mr MacNaughton has remained a chairman on the board and has become chairman of the company which will continue to be owned by the MacNaughton family.
Mr MacNaughton said, “I’m naturally sad to be stepping down from my executive role but I’m delighted that the company has been able to secure a worthy successor to take my place leading the management team.”
Mr Dracup, who has been managing director of Johnston’s of Elgin, said “I am delighted to make a return to Scotland and have the opportunity to lead one of the country’s most respected manufacturers. I hope to build on the foundations that Blair has laid, and continue to develop international markets for the wonderful products made by our team in Scotland.”
The STLA would like to extend a warm welcome back to Mr Dracup, and wish him the best of luck in his new role.
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