Why Edinburgh design duo Soda Kitsch are ones to watch

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  • 4 March 2010
Why Edinburgh design duo Soda Kitsch are ones to watch

Taking their inspiration from vintage wallpaper and 60s and 70s fashion, design duo Soda Kitsch – aka Edinburgh-based designers Ashley Jessiman and Ian Dunlop – are making their mark accessorising with style. We meet them

What inspires you?
We’re very much inspired by the designs and design sensibilities of the 1950s and 60s. Things were built to last but very timeless in their designs. Vintage stores, with their old dusty bag collections and vintage curtains, are a great source for print ideas. Old school satchels, equestrian leather work and the early works of some of the world’s biggest fashion houses have also been invaluable sources of inspiration. And finally, just living and working in Edinburgh is inspiring thanks to the amazing views, architecture and the creative buzz around the city, with numerous artist studios dotted around.

What is style to you?
Style is about being unique to you, not blindly following trends and being afraid to try different things.

What is unique about your work?
In a culture of throwaway fashion, we strive to bring back the quality craftsmanship of traditional leather bags and luggage, injecting them with our own unique style. Every stage of our designs is completed by us, nothing is outsourced, from concept to bag it’s all completed in our studio in Edinburgh. All our bags feature our own hand screen printed suede linings and we’re meticulous in our details. Our main goal with Soda Kitsch is to create bags that are stylish, functional and will last a life time.

Check out Soda Kitsch this March at Concrete Wardrobe, 50a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, www.concretewardrobe.co.uk

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