The Scottish clothes designers making a name for themselves

  • Edinburgh Guide
  • 16 February 2011
The Scottish clothes designers making a name for themselves

Stockist for Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Deryck Walker and Holly Fulton

There's a whole tartan army of Scottish designers whose fame has spread further than the confines of this small nation. Known as the Mac Pack, the likes of Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Deryck Walker, Graeme Black and Holly Fulton all go down a storm with fashionistas, although you'll find it easier to buy their clothes in Knightsbridge than Princes Street. And that's just the influential designers. Don't get us started on the textiles, from tartan and tweed to cashmere and wool. Scotland has inspired designers for generations, and if it's the real McCoy you want, have a look at what's available in the capital. Christopher Kane fans can try Cruise in George Street for some of his sought-after creations, while Corniche, in the Old Town, is the place to find Vivienne Westwood tartans.

If it's unique you want, head for Joey D in Broughton Street. When Joan Jett strode down the catwalk at the 2010 New York Dressed to Kilt celebration of Scottish culture, she was wearing a canary-yellow Joey D kilt, a one-off creation, like every single one of his pieces. Assembled from recycled Harris tweed, jeans, boiler suits and vintage fabrics, each of the men's and womenswear designs and accessories sold in his Broughton Street shop is unique – there's nothing else quite like it.

A couple of doors along Broughton Street is Concrete Wardrobe, set up by Fiona Mackintosh and James Donald in 2001 to promote Scottish-based or trained craftspeople who create small production ranges. It sells clothing and accessories, but also glassware, ceramics and soft furnishings by Scottish designers Roobedo , Tessuti, Pickone and Donna Wilson. The latter's weird and wonderful wool creations sell worldwide. Originally from the North East, the Royal College of Art graduate's quirky dolls, graphic patterned cushions, blankets and rugs are now produced in London but available at various outlets in Edinburgh and will always raise a smile.

Why settle for American tan tights when you can have swirly, studded, with ornate bows and tassels in all colours of the rainbow? Bebaroque has shaken up the staid world of hosiery by making some of the most lusted-after tights around, and the duo behind the label, Scottish art school graduates Mhairi McNicol and Chloe Patience, are Edinburgh-based. Stockists include Urban Outfitters in Princes Street, so there's no excuse for not sporting tartan, fringed or spotty tights so beloved of the likes of Kylie and Florence Welch while you're in town.

Down in the West Port at Godiva, the work of young Scottish clothes and jewellery designers is showcased alongside vintage clothing and accessories.Totty Rocks, in Victoria Street, is home to Holly Campbell and Lynsey Miller and their designs, including beautifully tailored women's and men's accessories.

Bebaroque
Unit 6, Albion Business Centre, 0131 661 2332, www.bebaroque.co.uk

Concrete Wardrobe
50A Broughton Street, 0131 558 7130, www.concretewardrobe.co.uk

Corniche
2 Jeffrey Street, 0131 556 3707, www.corniche.org.uk

Cruise
80 George Street, 0131 226 0840, www.cruisefashion.co.uk

Donna Wilson
www.donnawilson.com Stockists include Concrete Wardrobe (as above); Just Scottish Gifts, 0131 226 4806
www.justscottishgifts.com; Moleta Munro, 0131 557 4800, www.moletamunro.com; and The Red Door Gallery 0131 477 3255 www.edinburghart.com

Godiva
9 West Port, 0131 221 9212, www.godivaboutique.co.uk

Joey D
54 Broughton Street, 0131 557 6672, www.joey-d.co.uk

Totty Rocks
40 Victoria Street, 0131 226 3232, www.tottyrocks.co.uk

A Cruise
94 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DF
Specialising in Italian, French and American couture, Cruise opened the doors of its first shop in Edinburgh over 20 years ago. Considering there are now four branches of the popular designer store in the capital alone, you could say the minimalist…
B Godiva
9 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA
One of the most original independent boutiques in Edinburgh, with a big front room stuffed full of exciting local design talent and a back room of vintage that's particularly good for boys. Recycled rara skirts, lovely frocks by local designers, and…
C Totty Rocks
40 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW
Totty Rocks is the main outlet of the clothing label of the same name, set up by two lecturers from the Edinburgh College of Art's fashion course. Young, fresh and seriously gorgeous girl-fashion at prices that'll make you think twice before drinking…
D Joey D
54 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Local designer Joey D's clothes are remade and recycled from old items of clothing. Boiler suits, army tunics and tweed jackets are embellished and tweaked into styles that vary from clubby to downright flamboyant. Make sure you take a wander through…
E Concrete Wardrobe
50a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Concrete Wardrobe has a solid reputation for innovative collections and designs covering the worlds of fashion, textiles and furniture. It's an eclectic mix, including high quality knitted clothing, woven scarves, bags and purses from local designers. A…
F Corniche
2 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DT
Edinburgh's original designer label boutique offers outrageous creations (at equivalent prices) for boys and girls from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Katherine Hamnett, and Comme des Garcons.

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