Did anyone see the brilliant feature in Sunday's Herald mapping important places in Scottish textile manufacturing and fashion design? I think they might have forgotten to add two places though so I've added them to the map for you and will tell you a little more about what they have to offer to the textile and fashion industry here in Scotland. Orkney - We, Hilary Grant Knitwear are obviously based here as well as Kirsteen Stewart a print-fashion designer who works with Fairtrade groups in India and her products are sold all around the UK and internationally. Orkney Angora rears Angora rabbits, and beautiful Angora yarns is spun and dyed in their workshop based on Sanday, one of the outer isles. You'll find their yarns in some of the best yarn shops in the UK. I will be using some of their yarn in our AW13 collection. Orkney is also home to many many traditional knitwear techniques, spinners and textiles designers.
Dundee - Who could forget Dundee's finest? Jeweller Jane Gowans; print and home accessory designer Nikki McWilliams and fashion designer Hayley Scanlan. Halley Stevenson, a dyers and finishers that specialises in waxed cottons and other innovative materials sends fabric from Dundee to fashion houses all over the world, to design houses such as Louis Vuitton, J Crew and many heritage labels. Dundee's McManus Galleries also put Scotland on the fashion map this month with the launch of the second V&A Dundee exhibition. Following the success of Cecil Beaton's photography exhibition in 2011 is Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography. You'll be able to find photography from the likes of Helmut Newton, David Bailey Rankin and Tim Walker.
Textile Scotland also has a brilliant map charting more places of importance in textiles and fashion around the country.