We’ve proudly supported the Scottish fashion scene since day one and it’s evident that this scene is greater than the sum of it’s parts. From local creatives sourcing the most luxurious European fabrics for their collections to brands working with ethical manufacturers all over the world, not to mention the Scot Street Style gatherings artfully popping up in different continents to shout about all that is great in Scottish creativity, the Scottish Fashion Awards are no different. London is a fabulous centralised location to bring everyone together who is either working in Scotland or connected with the country through their fashion-lead businesses and love for our uber-talented populous.
To be nominated for Retailer of The Year for a second year running was an honour and, yet again, the company we were in was truly humbling. It really is amazing just to be nominated, and as the previous year, it was a whirlwind visit to London and back in between preparing for our third festive popup event, this time in conjunction with Ryan James within the Leiper Gallery.
Travelling with Virgin Rail was fantastic and we always end up chatting with whoever we’re seated next to. Not only did we make full use of the snacks and refreshments available, we also plotted our dream holiday locations thanks to our lovely new pals who shared amazing tales of skiing in Europe, witnessing the Berlin wall coming down and seeing both Japan and South Korea off the standard tourist track. Gripping tales!
We arrived at the awards in style alongside our good friend Euan McWhirter (who was nominated for his jewellery brand) and knew a lot more faces this year through the additional twelve months of working with so many brands. The drinks reception was a joy as everyone mingled and chatted with both old friends and new, and when it was time to be seated for our meal, the piper artfully guided us in to the grand dining room.
The meal was outstanding, the drinks delicious and the conversation flowed. A patriotic Barbie completed each table and our only regret is not taking a selfie with her looking so Scottish!
The awards ceremony was hosted by Scottish broadcaster Jean Johansson and winners included Pam Hogg, our Princes Square neighbour Kestin Hare and Burberry. Afterwards, the Radio 1 DJ set set the scene perfectly and drinks flowed as the room mingled and everyone celebrated all that is great about Scottish fashion. Roslyne McQuillan, winner of Fashion Graduate of the year, was seated beside us, so we felt extra proud when she won her category and it’s not every day that Rankin borrows your chair and you have to politely ask for it back- two reasons why Roslyne will never forget her winning night!
The after party was held in Tramp and, true to form, the place was jumping and the energy was everything you’d expect on a Friday night. We enjoyed the live band, followed by the DJ set, but bed was calling as we had an early train to catch - pop-up prep waits for no-one!
Thanks to everyone at the Scottish Fashion awards for making the entire experience so memorable. From the Hartmann team keeping everyone relaxed on the night, and the staff at the Rosewood being the epitome of class to Tessa herself proving that Scottish fashion is being recognised on a wider platform when we unite rather than divide, it was the highlight of the Scottish fashion calendar and we look forward to seeing which designers make waves on the scene in the next twelve months.