From the brand new to the well-established, these are some of the top fashion designers in Scotland to keep on your radar…
Scottish Fashion Designers
There’s no doubt about it – Scotland’s style presence has grown massively over the years and our nation has firmly put
its stamp on the fashion world.
In fact, according to recent reports, the Scottish fashion industry employs over 8,000 people across 350 businesses,
generating an estimated value of a whopping £1 billion a year!
It goes without saying that Scotland’s fashion movement is indisputably powered by the nation’s brilliant designers, and now is the time to get to know them and their brands.
With collections that include incredible tailoring and eye-catching designs, to must-have accessories and bold prints, say hello to your new style icons…
Hayley is fast becoming one of the most famous names in the Scottish fashion world – in fact, she’s a two-time Scottish Young Designer of the Year winner and was a competitor in Netflix show, Next in Fashion!
The Dundee-based designer is now known for her diverse talent and eye-catching designs, which mostly include pretty tulle and polka dots.
In 2014 Samantha McCoach created her label, Le Kilt, with a vision of delivering beautiful, traditionally-made kilts with a modern twist.
Throughout her branding Samantha describes the company as‘a family tree’, which makes sense when you consider
that her grandmother has worked as a traditional kilt-maker for over 40 years! The designer has since carried this tradition on and made the kilt a modern staple for everyone’s wardrobe.
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The Classic 01 Le Kilt, Exclusive online bespoke pink tartan colour way. Woven & Made in Scotland AW19 Photography: Paul Phung Styling: Ianthe Wright Art Direction: Bruce Usher Make Up: Vassilis Theotokis Hair: Roger Cho @paulphung @ianthewright @bruceusherstudio @vass_theotokis @rogercho2000 #sustainable #sustainability #sustainablefashion
Olivia Rose Havelock
Olivia Rose of her eponymous brand, Olivia Rose The Label, is an Edinburgh-based designer taking the Scottish fashion industry by storm.
Each of her beautiful pieces are designed and handmade to order with a focus on quality and sustainability.
Born and raised on the Black Isle, Siobhan Mackenzie is an award-winning fashion designer known for her unique and modern twist on kilt designs.
Starting her own label at the age of 21, Siobhan states her passion lies in ‘supporting traditional craftsmanship whilst injecting modern design’, which can definitely be seen across her contemporary designs.
LOVERBOY is the energetic and vibrant label created by designer Charles Jeffrey, Glasgow’s own self-proclaimed‘club kid’.
In 2017, Jeffrey won the British Emerging Talent prize and has caught our attention ever since. His distinct use of dynamic patterns and elegant tailoring brings a punky spirit to the classic suit.
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LOVERBOY presents “HELL MEND YOU” AW20 – LOOK 24, @sair.tan _________________ Video by @thomasdecruzmedia Venue – @batterseaartscentre Creative Director – Charles Jeffrey Production – @oboglobal Styling – @reubenesser (Assisted By Olivia Beharrell) Music Composition And Curation By @alexparish_ Organ Piece Performed By Makoto James Sound – Mike Bovil At @750_mph Sound Studios Hair – @johnvialhair For @revlon_uk @revlonprofessionalUK Nails – @sylviemacmillan.nails Footwear – @drmartensofficial Performance Choreographed By Kate Coyne Performed By Harry Alexander, Benjamin Warbis, Oxana Panchenko & Hannah Burfield Set – @simon_costin (Assisted By Ava Assadi & Marta Klara Sadowska) Casting – @maddeostlie e & @aamo_casting at @clmagency (Assisted By Hannah Wright & Lily Wright) Make-Up – @lucyjbridge & @maccosmetics with @swarovski Upcycled Crystal Fragrance – @johnfoleyperfumes PR – @weareraven Invitations – @thurstanredding & @sanjyi_babes Operations – @___sabt Pattern Cutting & Production – @naomiingleby Assistant Designer – @daniel_rozsahegyi Studio Assistant – @christopher_thomas_goodman Special Thanks to: The British Fashion Council and the NEWGEN panel; The Centre for Fashion Enterprise; London College of Fashion; The Somerset House Studios team, Chris Ford, Amy Griffiths, Caroline Babington & the team at OBO London; Lisa Jackson at Revlon; M.A.C Cosmetics; Mike Bovil, Chloe Sitton, Mary-Ann D’Cruz & Ben Mason at 750mph; Dr. Martens; Swarovski; The LOVERBOY interns: Sophia Cook Browne, Brankica Sanadrovic, Agata Parziani, Ciara Knight & Chaerin Han (who crafted all of the fabulous hand knitted creations); Richard Price, Steven Phillip at Rellik London, Beatrice Behlen at the Museum of London; Christopher at McEvoy Textiles; Thurstan Redding; Sandra Leko; Megan St Clair; All the pupils from Hope Community School and all the children who took part in the Festival of the Horse in Orkney, as well as their lovely parents; Sophie Jewes, Yasmin Eady, Katie Guyan, Lily Hough, Tina Chatrizeh and all of the team at RAVEN.
Ryan Kirk Designs is a Scottish handmade fashion label created by designer Ryan Kirk.
He cites that his work has a strong environmental focus and that’s why it came as no surprise that he managed to‘source a textile created entirely of 100% banana fibres’– talk about dedicated!
Slay through your week like @niamh_winter in the Rivet Biker and Metallic Cuff Dress 💥 available to order online at…
Rachel Devine founded her brand Tìr-Dhàimh (Gàidhlig for ‘Homeland’) by adding a contemporary vision to traditional motifs and themes that are inspired by Scotland.
Plus, she even credits Scotland’s people, culture and landscapes as something she draws inspiration from when designing her accessories.
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Carolyn Baxter is a Scottish label that creates completely bespoke wedding, prom and event dresses. Every dress is designed and handmade in Edinburgh, home to both their studio and boutique!
What sets this dress-design label apart is their impressive catalogue of clients. Their dresses have been worn everywhere from the Scottish Baftas to the Pride of Britain Awards.
Nude blush Brooke dress- perfect for keeping a sense of glamour sitting around your house with small children shouting…
Laura Ironside is an eponymous womenswear label that focuses on creating garments that aren’t only elegant, but also sustainably manufactured.
Plus, each piece is developed and refined with caution and care in order to slow down the fashion cycle and encourage consumers to be conscientious when shopping.
Words by Shannon Morrison