Discovering Independent Fashion and Textiles



There is a shift in our industry found everywhere in the world: the rediscovery of craftsmanship, cultural heritage techniques and well-made, artisanal products.

We were invited to a panel in Glasgow to talk about Sourcebook and we took the chance to meet some makers, designers and initiatives in Glasgow and Edinburgh and to discover a tiny little bit of the independent textile scene in Scotland.

CREATe Summit at Glasgow School of Arts, May 5th: Fashion as Urban Creative Economy: Start-Ups, IP and the Rise of E-Commerce. CREATe is the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. Based at the University of Glasgow they bring together an interdisciplinary team of academics from law, economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies within a consortium of seven UK universities and over 80 industry, public sector and civil society partners. This summit was hosted by Prof. Angela McRobbie from Goldsmith College to discuss the findings of three years of research comparing creative economics in London, Berlin and Milan. Four Designers and Entrepreneurs had been invited to give an insight about their work in different urban environments including Marte Hentschel from Sourcebook, Berlin, Esther Perbandt from Berlin, Teija Eilola from Teija, London and Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke from Basso and Brooke, London. If you are interested in the topic, you can join the CREATe Festival in june in London.


Fashion Foundry is a Glasgow based incubator programme started as a pilot in 2015. The team is building a community for Scottish fashion designers and associated creative businesses, through a programme of events, workshops, advice and bespoke mentoring. Five Emerging Designer businesses are based in South Block, Glasgow in their bright and airy design studio with sampling and small run production facilities. The designers have access to monthly workshops with experienced industry experts and are paired with a Mentor, all with the aim to support the development of their brand. Alongside these bespoke programmes, Fashion Foundry offers open workshops and access to sampling and sewing facilities.



Make Works are factory finders for all kinds of industries including fashion, interior and electronics, on a mission to make local manufacturing accessible and inspiring. Think of it like a public library. An open resource that lets you discover the relevant people, places, tools and materials that allow you to manufacture, make or repair in Scotland. The platform is a social business and a valuable resource and their work feels pretty familiar.


Timorous Beasties is an iconic interior textiles brand, founded 25 years ago by Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons,based in Glasgow. Their studio fully engages in a design discourse with textiles history by lending an aesthetic evolution to time-honoured motifs. In 2004 Timorous Beasties unveiled their critically acclaimed Glasgow Toile. By reversing the pastoral context of toiles de Jouy, they transformed the traditional toile device to create an exclusively modern urban genre. The Hotch Blotch fabric series challenges a 1000-year old aesthetic mode by placing disorder within the structure of damask pattern to reveal the inherent beauty of splatters, drips and blotches. Hunting Toile and Urban wallpapers mark a synthesis of 18th-century chinoiserie groupings, Rococo swirls, and Victorian silhouette paper cuts to create a uniquely contemporary ornamental textiles pattern repeat. Have a look at their fantastic pattern here.

Weaving DNA: exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow from April 8th to May 22nd An immersive textile exhibition born from a collaboration between Icelandic product designer Hanna Dis Whitehead and Scottish textile designer Claire Anderson. Together they reappropriate traditional Nordic and Scottish textiles, examining the ways in which these represent and shape aspects of national identity. The Lighthouse Glasgow, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue, formerly housing The Glasgow Herald and the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events.


Online magazine about textiles in Scotland:
Textile design studio in Glasgow:
Tartan brand and supplier in Selkirk:
Micro manufacturing in Edinburgh with sustainable focus:
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