(This post is part of the Scotland Re:Designed Series) Much more than just the location for Braveheart, Scotland is a country full of rich exports and fascinating tradition. Scotland delivers some of the finest exports we come across day to day; fine textiles like cashmere, exquisite liquors like whisky, and slightly unexpected, but not surprising, top-notch fashion designers.
Last week we had the great opportunity to attend one of the Scotland Re:Designed events. In an intimate gallery right next to the Chelsea Piers and Hudson River, we had a chance to peruse a few of the finest designs and textiles from some of Scotland’s most notable fashion and accessory designers. Whitehall Restaurant catered the event, pleasing the crowd with a particularly refreshing watermelon appetizer and an intoxicating array of mixed drinks, one of which was called “The McQueen”.
Before spending some quality time with one of our favorite designers of the night, there was an inspiring speech made by several officials from the Scotland Government reminding us all of the many treasures Scotland has to be proud of and their desire to strengthen ties internationally through commerce.
For us, the highlight of the evening was being able to speak with Common People‘s Creative Director, Kestin Hare. We were truly impressed by all of the pieces in the collection. Finely tailored outerwear which can best be described as rugged and refined, the perfect Gentlemen’s combination. Many of the pieces were made of soft leathers, corduroy, wool, and quilted cotton, with rich hues and strong silhouettes. We’re eagerly awaiting our chance to get a few pieces to call our very own. While the brand is currently in the process of finding US buyers, they’re a huge hit oversees and can be found in major stores in the UK and other parts of Europe.
We hope to see more and more from the fine people in Scotland, and are glad we had the opportunity to witness first hand this momentous “Re:Design”.