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  • 13-Feb-2017 12:08 PM | Kimberley White

    Join the STLA for an exclusive Textile Trends Workshop in March 2017, hosted by Fiona Chautard. With over 20 years experience in fashion and textiles, Industry Consultant Fiona delivers inspirational training globally. Not only a qualified business coach and creative business adviser, Fiona is also a practicing designer – therefore adept at utilising her market knowledge to stay ahead of trends.

    This half-day Textile Trends Masterclass will take place at Scotland’s national centre for design and architecture, The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The Lighthouse is a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland, and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events.

    The Masterclass will focus on the analysis of new business models driven by the digital age. It will be delivered at a business level, focussed on sharing market development information which will include ideas for product development.

    Tea and coffee and a light lunch will be provided, alongside ample opportunity to network with like-minded creative workshop attendees.

    If you are:

    - a designer, maker, or buyer

    - based in central Scotland

    - and not currently a student

    then we would love to see you at the Textile Trends Workshop.

    This event is predicted to sell out fast, therefore we will only accept one person per company in attendance.

    Buy tickets here.

  • 04-Jan-2017 4:12 PM | Kimberley White

    The EcoChic Design Award 2017 is now open to emerging designers and students with less than 3 years' experience who currently live in Asia, Europe or the USA.

    The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create high-appeal clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create high appeal clothing via the sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction, and through the sourcing of textile waste for their collections. The competition puts emerging sustainable design talent in the spotlight, creating a platform for the next generation of designers to cut waste out of fashion. 

    A total of ten finalists from across the regions will be selected to come to Hong Kong in early September 2017 to showcase their minimal waste collections at HKTDC Hong Kong’s Fashion Week CENTRESTAGE where career-changing prizes will be awarded.

    Closing date: 3rd April 2017.

    Learn more here.

  • 13-Dec-2016 6:02 PM | Kimberley White

    Apply for one of Fashion Foundry’s limited number of Go & See Travel Grants for Paris Trade Show 2017.

    Fashion Foundry is offering a limited amount of Go & See Travel Grants to fashion and fashion accessories brands based in Scotland who would like to visit a trade show before committing to exhibit in future seasons.

    The Grant of £150 can be used towards travel, accommodation, and entry badge to: Who’s Next and Premiere Classe, 20-23 January.

    The deadline to apply is 9am on Monday 19th December 2016.


    • fashion and fashion accessories designers
    • based in Scotland
    • minimum of three stockists
    • available to travel between 20-23 January 2017

    Decision will be based on the above criteria and a statement on how this trip will impact on your brand.

    Successful applicants will be reimbursed post-show after providing all receipts for travel / entry badge up to a value of £150 (including VAT), plus a report with any supporting images that Fashion Foundry can share to the wider fashion community on their website.

    Please submit your application as soon as possible as there is expected to be a high volume of applicants.

    Apply here

    Good luck!

  • 06-Dec-2016 6:03 PM | Kimberley White

    Instigated by the Deacon of The Weavers Trade in Dundee, an initiative has recently been started in Dundee and the surrounding area that requires wool yarn – any colour, any spool, any count.

    The Weavers Trade is sponsoring hand looms to go into care homes, and then a secondary school is paired with the care home. There is also one heddle loom that is being moved from school to school to be used in conjunction with their arts department.

    Sandra Thomson, schools co-ordinator of the Weavers Trade in Dundee, is helping to introduce the secondary school pupils to the care homes and has started a programme centred around weaving to give a purpose for both groups to spend time together.

    It has already been found that as a natural development through the connection established around the hand loom, that the schools along with the residents of the care homes are doing additional projects. In one care home there are now gardening projects; in another home pupils and residents are painting a garden shed. Already there have been two pupils, who on leaving school, took up employment in one of the care homes. The care home managers are very supportive of the benefit of having the young people come into their homes.

    Once the link runs effectively between the school and the care home, the ongoing management is handed over to the school and care home.  So far three care homes have been paired with a secondary school, and other connections are in progress.

    We are looking for any yarn ends and warp strippings that could be supplied free of charge. The yarn for the hand looms would ideally be a heavy wool- easy on the hands.

    J&D Wilkie will manage the collection and distribution of the wool. All contributors will be notified to the Weavers Trade and acknowledged. No person or company is making any money from this – it is entirely a social enterprise for the benefit of school children and the retired people in the care homes.

    If you would like any further information then please contact Kimberley@stla.uk.com.

  • 25-Nov-2016 6:04 PM | Kimberley White

    Zero Waste Scotland are running a project to support 10 SMEs across key sectors in Scotland aimed at reducing waste produced by improving packaging.

    It is estimated that the total quantity of packaging placed on to the Scottish market is 944,000 tonnes, with 534,000 tonnes collected for recycling. This gives a Scottish recycling rate, for packaging material, of 57%.

    Zero Waste Scotland are offering 10 funded places on a programme enabling businesses to make see tangible environmental, financial and operational benefits from making efficiencies in packaging use and minimising packaging waste with independent, funded expert support. There are a limited few places still available.

    If you are an interested SME based in Scotland, please see here for more details on the project: zws-packaging-programme.

    Contact Suzanne Lindsay for more information and to request an application form: Lindsay@mabbett.eu.

  • 24-Nov-2016 6:05 PM | Kimberley White

    After a fortnight of social media vote canvassing, the winner of the Round Nine Wild Card EDGE Public vote was announced as new fashion kids on the block, Nu Blvck. Nu Blvck competed against Spey Cardio and educational toy company Spark and Rocket to win the opportunity to pitch for additional funding of up to £100,000 at the Scottish EDGE. Nu Blvck managed to score 44% of the 1,168 votes cast, a clear and deserved winner.

    An ethical brand, on a mission to change the way people shop, Nu Blvck works with emerging fashion designers and artisans to create beautiful, exclusively-designed accessory collections. Read more about the company and their values here.

    Nu Blvck will now be given the opportunity to pitch for additional funding at the Scottish EDGE Round Nine final on December 15th, 2016.

    Evelyn McDonald, CEO of Scottish EDGE, commented; “We look forward to seeing Nu Blvck pitch at the Scottish EDGE final and to supporting all [finalists] as they continue their entrepreneurial journeys.”

    Get free tickets to see Nu Blvck (amongst many others) pitch at the Scottish EDGE final here.

    What did we say only yesterday about Nu Blvck being everywhere? A big congratulations from everyone here the STLA.

  • 23-Nov-2016 6:06 PM | Kimberley White

    NU BLVCK suddenly are everywhere, and are causing quite a stir. Think fashion-forward design, artisan craft, and luxury materials: these principles are at the heart of Scotland’s newest brand to hit the fashion scene.

    Flipping the conventional fashion model on it’s head, co-founders Becca and Andrew are disrupting the marketplace with their made-to-order approach, connecting designers and artisans like never before in order to create limited edition capsule collections.

    “We plan to launch six limited edition collections in the next year, each collection a collaboration with different designers and artisans – creating something truly unique. Creative collaboration is at the heart of everything we do.” – Becca Flory, co-founder.

    The daring duo’s debut collection, designed by emerging Edinburgh design whiz Ruth Williams, was met with great acclaim from customers worldwide; with pre-orders leading to the success of a crowdfunding campaign to support NU BLVCK in funding it’s new online platform.

    The most popular piece in the collection was a chunky lambs wool scarf, crafted by fellow STLA member Di Gilpin. This beautiful piece incorporates a soft leather loop, a contemporary twist on a classic staple.

    “The scarf typifies the NU BLVCK model,” Andrew Vincent explains. “We wanted to bring Ruth’s designs to life by collaborating with one of the best hand knitters in Scotland.”

    Alongside designing and making her own creations for her label, Di hand-knits all sorts; from 70s-style trousers to one-off cardigans for world-renowned fashion houses. Di’s high profile collaborations have included the likes of Kanye West and Nike.

    “As a premium brand, NU BLVCK strives to source the best local materials to ensure the highest quality – thankfully this is something Di could advise on, so we worked together to source the highest quality yarn.

    Provenance is a word used far too readily we think, but when you turn up at Di’s studio and find a sheep’s fleece on her worktop then you really understand the meaning of the word.” says Becca.

    Building on the buzz from their August launch, NU BLVCK have recently launched a second collection. Collaborating with another up and coming Scottish designer, Hannah Louise Baxter, the Icon Revived collection campaign shots were released this week. The 100% silk pieces in the collection are printed and hand-rolled in Edinburgh within a mile of each other, through collaborations with BeFab Be Creative and Kalopsia Collective.

    NU BLVCK aim to build a global brand, taking their approach to all corners of the globe, discovering and lifting up new designers and artisans passionate for their craft along the way. Check them out here.

  • 17-Nov-2016 11:11 AM | Kimberley White

    The current funding package for skills development support for the textiles sector (delivered by the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership) comes to an end in July 2017. Working with its partners and the funding bodies, the STLA is contributing to the development of a new Skills Action Plan for 2017-20. As part of this process, it is critical that we gather the views of the industry to inform and shape this new Plan.

    With increasing competition for an ever decreasing funding resource, we need to make sure that the textile sector has a strong voice and that we can provide robust evidence of industry need. We are therefore asking for your support to ensure that the new Skills Action Plan accurately reflects the needs of the sector.

    We have scheduled a programme of Regional Industry meetings as an opportunity to share some of the achievements from the current project but more importantly to discuss the key skills challenges which should be included in the new Plan.

    These meetings will take place as follows:

    Glasgow – 10.30am, 23 November, Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald Campus)

    Inverness – 11am, 29 November, Highlands & Islands Enterprise office

    Hawick – 11am, 2 December, Borders Textile Towerhouse

    For more information and to register your attendance please visit: www.textileskills.com/employerconsultations

    We will also shortly be issuing an Employer Skills Survey. This comprehensive review of the skill needs of the fashion, textile and leather industry in Scotland will gather robust evidence which will:

    - build a profile of the current and future workforce

    - reflect sectoral changes since the last industry survey was undertaken in 2013

    - identify the key skill challenges facing the sector now and over the next 3-5 years

    The information you provide is critical to helping us shape the development of the new Skills Action Plan for the textiles and leather industry in Scotland which will place the skill needs of industry at its very core.

    The Skills Action Plan will then be put forward to the relevant Scottish Government agencies to secure the funding necessary to deliver the skills and workforce development interventions we as an industry need to create a world class workforce.

    If you require any further information please contact Fiona Kennedy at FKennedy@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

  • 27-Sep-2016 11:12 AM | Kimberley White

    Buyer Inward Visits – as part of our customer engagement programme, we now have a number of inward visits planned from buyers/specifiers so we wanted to give you a notice of the inward visits currently being planned over the next 6 months.

    Please note that the visit schedules are based around the needs and interests of the individual buyer and Scottish Enterprise direct them initially to the STLA website www.stla.uk.com/find-a-product  for them to select the Scottish companies that they wish to meet with/visit so it is worth updating/adding your company details as first impressions really count!!!….and of course if you aren’t a member you can join online right here.

  • 25-Sep-2016 11:14 AM | Kimberley White

    Scotland, Sequins & Social Media, a Fashion Foundry Designer Talk with Samantha Paton, Isolated Heroes

    Wednesday 28 September 2016, 10.30am – 12.00 pm

    Project Room, South Block, 60-64 Osborne St, Glasgow, G1 5QH.

    Scotland, Sequins & Social Media is a designer talk by Samantha Paton of Isolated Heroes. Fashion designers and associated businesses are invited to come hear the story of the brand:

    • Growing from local to global
    • Developing their fan base
    • Taking individual sales to larger orders.

    …their latest samples will also be on display for your perusal!


    Book your free space here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fashion-foundry-designer-talk-with-isolated-heroes-tickets-27723880874

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