Style Guide 2012 - My Style

Six Scottish fashion and design creatives talk us through their wardrobes and shopping habits

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Dougal Marwick

Dougal Marwick

Vintage buyer and seller at HB Electronics/ copywriter

Hat: Norse Projects, cagoule: Wooden Sleepers on Etsy, shirt: HBE, jumper: Our Legacy, jeans: vintage Lee, socks: M&S, shoes: MBE, bag: army surplus store.

What three words best describe your style?
Chip-toothed smile.

Where do you find inspiration?
There are so many identikit ‘cool-guy’ blogs these days it’s a bit hard to keep up. Standouts include secretforts.com, woodensleepers.tumblr.com (who also have a great Etsy shop) and goodshop.pe. I regularly stock up on books and magazines from Analogue in Edinburgh, too. My wife is probably my biggest inspiration, in that when asked, she’ll tell always me if I’m suitably attired. Also, she is the most stylish person I know.

Where do you find your clothes?
Well I’m incredibly lucky, as my mum-in-law owns the Edinburgh vintage shop, Herman Brown, and my wife and I have our own select collection, HB Electronics. This means I spend a fair bit of time tracking down desirable one-off vintage pieces. Not that I covet all the best stuff for myself, you understand…

Favourite local shop for clothes?
There is one particular charity shop fairly close by my work that is an untapped seam of fading aristocratic gentlemanliness. I’d love to divulge more but then I wouldn’t get first dibs on all the goodies. Seek and ye shall find…

Best-kept secret?
Apart from the above, it has to be M&S discount shop at Meadowbank for plain white tees, packs of three.

Scottish designers/ stores you are a fan of?
Not in Scotland but Goodhood in London is co-owned by Kyle Stewart, who grew up round these parts. A great independent shop that continually manages to stay one step ahead. They also stock a good selection of publications and recently launched an adjacent gallery space. Fallow Denim is another name to note, again with links to Edinburgh.

An item you’ve currently got your eye on/ are searching for?
I’d like a nice vintage wool suit, for weddings and such. Although I’d probably just spill cake on it.

Most cherished item you own?
Either my Toronto Blue Jays cap, bought in Toronto in 1985 (what’s up with the macho new logo, Blue Jays?), an ancient Javelin t-shirt made by my band mate, or my wedding ring.

Favourite foreign city for shopping?
Does North Berwick count? If not, then a red-wine fuelled stroll around the Canal St Martin area of Paris is always fun.

Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Street style photographer, Les Garcons de Glasgow

Suit, H&M, lime wool Tee: Cos, Oxblood shoes: Clarks, Oxblood belt: American Apparel

What three words best describe your style?
Classic never ages.

Where do you find inspiration?
People in general. After taking photographs of strangers on the street for the past three years I've met thousands in intriguing individuals. Last month I began a series of portraits, 'Superior Interior', looking at style beyond the street – it's been fascinating to delve a little deeper and look at the hows and whys of personal style. [See them online at AnotherGarcon.blogspot.com] Currently I'm reading Grain and Gram http://www.grainandgram.com/ for editorial and imagery – it's a superbly crafted site with a great range of interviews. A man who I think has superb style is Karl-Edwin Guerre. He's a fellow street style photographer (guerreisms.com) from New York and his clothing never fails to make me smile. He's been on Les Garçons de Glasgow a few times and has had a great reaction from the readers.

Where do you find your clothes?
I mostly wear vintage and think you can't go wrong with Mr Bens in Glasgow. I travel a lot so I get all my inspiration then come back to Scotland to buy because it's much cheaper here and the best things haven't already been bought. I like clothes which are high quality and unusual in colour and textile, vintage clothes tend to fulfil that criteria. I'm also lucky to be gifted clothes a lot.

Favourite local shop for clothes?
W2 in Glasgow is the best menswear store in Glasgow. Right now the brands that are failing in retail are ones which can't deliver in service – this is never a problem at W2. David and Kirk are in tune with your needs and I never feel pressured to buy. As well as this, pop-up shops are a great way to find unique, locally produced items. Silvia Pellegrino, designer of Chouchou and co-founder of our pop-up event 'Bold Souls'. It'll showcase the best independent Scottish design right now.

Scottish designers/ stores you are a fan of?
I recently did a project with Cruise photographing street style across the UK. I visited seven of their stores and it was an eye-opening experience. The brand got quite a bad reputation over the past few years but they've really tried to pull it back, focusing on service and a concise, sharp brand range. In terms of designers, Jonathan Saunders can do no wrong for me.

An item you’ve currently got your eye on/ are searching for?
Although I don't own an iPad, I'd love an iPad Attaché by Makr. The brand is family run and each product is hand finished in Florida – this one in Oxblood is perfectly cut and finished. Oh an the entire SS12 collection from ACNE.

Most cherished item you own?
I've moved about a lot in the past year and managed to minimise my possessions greatly. The one thing I know I couldn't live without is my camera – I carry it everywhere I go.

Favourite foreign city for shopping?
Berlin has an incredible mix of vintage and designer produce. Although the city is pretty spread out, if you stick to the Schoneberg and Mitte districts you can't really go wrong. Colours Vintage is an incredible vintage store where you buy clothes by weight – I highly recommend it!

Dominic Flannigan

Dominic Flannigan

Creative director of LuckyMe

T-shirt: Muji, necklace: APC, tote bag: free at Sonar Festival, velvet cap: Supreme, watch: Tag, jeans: Urban Outfitters, trainers: Nike

What three words best describe your style?
Tee. Shirt. Guy.

Where do you find inspiration?
My friends. The Travel Almanac. Isamu Noguchi. Manfred Eicher. Creative Review.

Where do you find your clothes?
For years I shopped or worked in independent boutiques. But now I tend to shop for vintage in the flesh, and for styles and brands I know I shop online.

Favourite local shop for clothes?
My favourites are long closed – Doctor Jives, Odd One Out, Pageant – so for now I make do with Herman Browns, Edinburgh.

Best-kept secret?
The HB Electronics rail within Herman Browns.

Scottish designers/ stores you are a fan of?
The WS Heritage line at Walker Slater is designed by the former head of Oddities / Odd One Out and worth following as it develops this year. I modelled their samples for this year and it's nice use of traditional Scottish fabrics but in younger styles.

An item you’ve currently got your eye on/ are searching for?
I’m basically dressing like my late Italian grandfather these days. I’ve been looking for these perforated leather Maserati drivers gloves just like he had, in soft tan leather.

Most cherished item you own?
I wear a thin gold necklace from APC I really like just now.

Favourite foreign city for shopping?
New York, Paris & Berlin are all excellent ‘shopping alone’ cities. But generally the stores are far apart and you’re gonna get cranky trying to get around with a partner to the best spots. If you’re with a loved one I’d say amble around the vintage furniture warehouses and flea markets in the Mission, San Francisco.

Mhari McMullan

Mhari McMullan

Owner of Welcome Home

Earrings, lava rock ring & scarf [on bag]: Welcome Home, blouse: Richard Nicoll for Fred Perry, jeans: Urban Outfitters, shoes: Deena & Ozzy, handbag: Mulberry

What three words best describe your style?
‘What I like’.

Where do you find inspiration?
I’m always looking and I get inspiration from old films, textiles and interiors. A couple of current favourites are freundevonfreunden.com and closetvisit.com.

Where do you find your clothes?
Mainly charity shops, eBay, vintage shops and markets. My Mum sells vintage clothes so it’s in the blood.

Favourite local shop for clothes?
Cos or Starry Starry Night.

Best-kept secret?
The stretch of charity shops along Dumbarton Road in Glasgow.

Scottish designers/ stores you are a fan of?
Designer – A Minute Silence, co-run by a hugely talented Scottish lady called Lynn Cockburn. Store – W2, it’s just for boys but I’m a big fan of its style and execution.

An item you’ve currently got your eye on/ are searching for?
A good pair of waterproof ankle boots.

Most cherished item you own?
Different things for different reasons but probably my first dress, a tiny vintage floral smocked summer dress. I don’t think my style has changed that much since I was a child!

Favourite foreign city for shopping?
Outside of Scotland, its London as it’s where I’m from and I know its secrets. Other than that, Stockholm or New York but its been too long!

Clair Stirling

Clair Stirling

DJ for LuckyMe Records / Music and Art Collective

Jumper: Uniqlo, necklace: APC, jacket: Urban Outfitters, trousers: www2.monki.com, boots: Surface To Air, socks: Primark, nail polish: American Apparel

What three words best describe your style?
Clean. Nineties. Textural.

Where do you find inspiration?
I buy Surface magazine for the photography/fashion and I love Omni, which is a magazine that ran from late 70s to early 90s, I have to buy old copies online. They are full of (very out of date and obsolete) science articles, sci-fi illustrations and amazingly designed advertisements for synths, cars, booze and fags.

Where do you find your clothes?
Mostly online – the Woodwood store, APC store, eBay etc. Then ASOS for some bargains.

Favourite local shop for clothes?
Goodstead on Rose Street – really the only store in Edinburgh that sells the labels that I like, all the good French and Scandinavian brands.

Best-kept secret?
Greenside car boot sale on Sunday mornings is surprisingly good for clothes!

Scottish designers/ stores you are a fan of?
Herman Browns on West Port, Edinburgh. Always good for a wee dig.

An item you’ve currently got your eye on/ are searching for?
For once I don’t at the moment! I always keep up with new seasons but I feel content with what I have just now. I guess I’m looking out for the perfect handbag or rucksack that I can use for carrying both my dj equipment and art school sketchbooks in comfortably but I’m yet to find it.

Most cherished item you own?
100% silk bomber jacket in primary colours that I found on ASOS Marketplace for a tenner, reminds me of the garish (and amazing) Tommy Hilfiger jackets everyone wore when I was at High School in the 90s, except in a nicer cut!

Favourite foreign city for shopping?
Berlin – I went for the first time last year to DJ. I was amazed at the amount of boutiques and high-end streetwear stores. Very cool and beautiful place.

Clare Nicolson

Clare Nicolson

Textile designer/ creative partner at Made In The Shade

Dress: Circa vintage, socks: TopShop, clogs: Lotta of Stockholm’s stall in Camden Market, handbag: vintage shop in Austin, Texas

What three words best describe your style?
High-waisted, Americana, pattern.

Where do you find inspiration?
Frankie magazine, bleubirdvintage.typepad.com, N.E.E.T magazine.

Where do you find your clothes?
I try to buy mostly vintage, shopping in local vintage and charity shops as well as searching online vintage stores, eBay and etsy. I also like to buy new, mostly from American Apparel and TopShop.

Favourite local shop for clothes?
There’s too many! I like Watermelon and Circa for dress shopping and Mr Ben for everything else. My local East end charity shops are always great for finding coats and accessories.

Best-kept secret?
I recently rediscovered Retro having not been in for about two years. They have an amazing collection of 60s and 70s dresses in the basement.

Scottish designers/ stores you are a fan of?
In Glasgow I mostly shop in vintage stores but in Edinburgh I love to visit Hannah Zakari and Armstrongs.

An item you’ve currently got your eye on/ are searching for?
I’m on the lookout for more clogs for this Summer. The ones I own now are new but would love a few vintage pairs.

Most cherished item you own?
I have an 80s batwing denim jacket with gem and rhinestone detail that I got in America. My boyfriend hates it but I don’t care. I love it and wear it at every opportunity!

Favourite foreign city for shopping?
Austin, Texas has the best vintage clothing and homeware shopping I’ve ever seen. There are stores across the city with a vintage shopping map/guide to help you around them all.

Comments

1. RhondaGHein5 Sep 2012, 1:55pm Report

Well, a great article collecting dressing style of art masters. Among which the Dominic Flannigan the guy who's dressing style I like the most and have been dressing myself the same way. No doubt vintage dressing has always been my favorite too, depends upon where I am. omgfashion.co.uk is the favorite for my wardrobe, the reason being its collection and the price tag is quiet reasonable.

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