The Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine was all about great British style. It of course also included lots of mentions of great Scottish style. Justine Picardie says "There's something deadening about the word 'heritage' whether it is applied to fashion or architecture or landscape; but even so, whenever I feel fed up with the throwaway clothes industry I am heartened by the countering effect of beautifully made British fabric." So from now on we daren't use the word "heritage" but we are always very proud of every piece of pure wool tartan fabric lovingly woven right here in Scotland as we wrap it in silver tissue to send to our customers. None of our products are aimed to be throwaway, quite the opposite, we want them to be special additions to your home or wardrobe that you treasure because every one has a story and a bit of history behind it, either about the tartan or the way it was made. Margaret Howell sums up British style in three words at Tradition, craftsmanship, individuality and we think this describes quite nicely what we are trying to bring you here at ScotlandShop.
One of our favourite images from the press at the weekend is this Plaid silk chiffon dress by Scottish designer Christopher Kane. Kane worked in partnership with his sister, Tammy Kane, who studied at the Scottish College of Textile Design, to create his own label line in 2006. He was awarded the Young Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in the same year . Kane has since created collections for high street stores such as Top Shop, designed costumes for Kylie Minogue's music video 2 Hearts, consulted at Versace is also part of Atlier Swarovski, a small collective of designers who create special jewellery collections for Swarovski.
This hugely successful Scottish designer has always been known as a passionate promoter of his home country and is well known for his highly successful partnership with our very own cashmere accessories supplier Johnstons of Elgin to produce his line of cashmere garments.Kane is also an ambassador for VisitScotland and used our favourite Scottish celebration Burns Night to launch an element of his Spring-Summer 2008 collection. He also produced a limited edition Juicy Tube lip gloss called Burns Night in collaboration with Lancome. The finished product, called Burns Night, is a tangerine colour with a beautiful illustration printed on the tube along with Kane's signature and was launched in February 2008.
So while the best of British is being celebrated thanks to the Royal Wedding we are happy to celebrate some of the best of Scottish, from designers to fabrics to tartans. ScotlandShop is based in the Scottish Borders, the home of textiles and we will always be promoting Scottish style.