Emerging fashion designers from Scotland
Tessa Hartmann, Bebaroque, William Chambers, Euan McWhirter, Common People and Rebecca Torres
About the writer:
Scottish photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce established successful style blog Les Garçons de Glasgow before moving to London to continue his activities with Another Garçon and, as of summer 2012, a new project: 100 beards, 100 days. He was named Young Photographer of the Year at the 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards.
Founder of the globally recognised Scottish Fashion Awards and newly announced WGSN (Worth Global Style Network), Hartmann truly deserves a mention on this list. She judge has worked tirelessly over the past decade to give Scottish fashion a platform and for that, I salute her.
Mhairi and Chloe, the Bebaroque girls, have been making fashion waves since 2007 and I’ve been following their journey with pride and excitement since day one. Managing to make crystal bodywear synonymous with their brand, they embody all the fashion ideals: luxury, glamour and craftsmanship.
Despite being the new boy in town, Chambers has forged a name for himself in the world of millinery through sheer talent. Based in Glasgow, he sells his designs to an army of women internationally including Kelis and Róisín Murphy.
Scotland’s rich heritage and reputation for the highest standards in production means that jewellery should be an important export. This is something Euan McWhirter understands well, producing a range of exquisite jewels worthy of the adoration of a Hollywood star. His use of Swarovski and coloured gems makes him a master of his craft.
With the high street dominating retail, it’s near impossible to get your hands on something different and long-lasting in affordable men’s fashion. I discovered Edinburgh-based Common People last season and was happy to hear it’s the latest project of Kestin Hare, the former head of design at Nigel Cabourn. The label may have only just launched but with a strong first season, locally sourced and produced where possible, I’ve finally got my needs met.
Creating a recognisable brand is hard to do in fashion, with its demand for constantly updating trends. Torres has done it with ease, showing an expert skill in body-conscious dressing, using colour, geometry and a whole lot of lycra to great effect. I don’t know a Scottish girl who doesn’t own (or want to) one of her dresses and since launching on ASOS, she’s exploded. What’s the best testament to style credentials? Compliments from Vogue – enough said.