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Scotland Re:Designed goes to Chicago! Fashion Diary for The Scotsman

Chris Hunt and his team of designers at Scotland Re:Designed
Scotland Re: Designed Chicago at the Inland Steel Building

Model wears Paradiso Gown by Judy R Clark

Model wears Madam Ebony by Judy R Clark

Iona Crawford – Fashion and Interiors 

Model Wears Calzeat Frock Coat and Bustle by Judy R Clark

Red Brick – Scarves and Accessories 

Obscure Couture – Fashion Design


Monday marked the opening of our exclusive showroom at the Inland Steel Building in Chicago. Five Scottish fashion and textiles designers were selected to take on the windy city with their exclusive ranges which included; my own label, Judy R Clark, alongside diverse divas Obscure Couture, the elegant fashion and interiors range of Iona Crawford, the intricate illustrated scarf designs of Redbrick and the soft and beautiful knitted wears of Eribe. 

First thing Monday morning the Obscure Couture girls and I got our platform high heels on (well they did and I stuck to my signature riding boots) to visit the boutiques we had researched before flying over. We met with boutique owners and stylists inviting them to our exclusive VIP launch on Wednesday. Meanwhile Iona Crawford was at Bloomingdales chatting about her new interior range, Redbrick were in Bucktown sourcing new spaces for their unique scarf range and Eribe were off meeting buyers. The showroom was manned by Chris Hunt, the man who founded Scotland Redesigned and who, along with the Scottish Government made it possible for us to showcase in Chicago, enabling us to platform our work to international audiences. His team of pro’s and the Scottish Government’s right hand ladies were working relentlessly with buyers and press to maximise our exposure state-side. 


First thing Tuesday morning I received a phone call from Hunt,who informed me my wares were being coveted by a passing customer. I hailed a cab and went off to meet the lady in question. She was thrilled by the collection, was promptly measured up, and ordered a couple of bespoke Harris Tweed frock coats.The rest of the day was spent inviting buyers and bloggers along and attending to the guests who came by to view the collections. 


VIP launch day!We kicked off Wednesday with a 9am photo-shoot by the riverside. The model wore a show stopping bright yellow suit from label Obscure Couture. OC’s creative directors Jen Coyle and Lindsey Pagan were also in tow dressed in their unique provocative wears: the girls personal style never fails to impress!

11.45am and the sound of champagne corks opening marked the official launch of the VIP day. Our model displayed pieces from each designer throughout the day impressing the audiences with her tall slender figure, she could have made any outfit look spectacular.

Fashion Journalists, bloggers and buyers visited the showroom each impressed with the diversity of the ranges on show. Elle decoration stopped by as did the owners of the exceptionally stylish Chicago boutique Sir and Madame as well as the infamous blogger Justin Barber from the Huffington Post and top local bloggers such as Fashionista Chicago. Brunch was served which included salmon bagels, scones and crannachan, the champers flowing. 

After a hectic day it was time for photo-shoot number two with the infamous Kelpies by sculptor Andy Scott which was situated in a prime location in the Grant Park overlooking Lake Michigan. Scott is the only non-American exhibiting in the major Chicago Sculpture International Exhibition as part of The Ryder Cup events so we were extra pleased to be photographed by his outstanding work.Large painted golf balls also decorated the city in celebration of the championships, each with a different message; some endorsing sustainable environments others with paintings of golfers and some promoting the famous Chicago town pizza!After a busy day of meeting and greeting the showroom closed its doors at 6pm, we walked down the riverside and dined in the sunshine chatting about the success of the show over some wine and eating some of the best steak frites the city had to offer.


I was off to meet with one of the Boutiques I was in contact with before I headed out to the states. I packed my case with my precious lace gowns and Harris Tweeds, jumped in a cab and headed towards Daemen Avenue. An array of stylish boutiques and restaurants with a more bohemian vibe are dotted around this very and upbeat stylish neighbourhood.I am greeted by the petite, very attractive and friendly owner who welcomes me into her beautiful boutique.The boutique was elegantly industrial; stone walls, bare light bulbs, golden intricate thick framed mirrors, a range of old keys displayed on one of the walls and the window displayed some of oldest mannequins I have ever seen. A unique selection of clothing all made by individual designers adorned the rails in neutral shades with hints of sparkle. The owner fell in love with my lace range and tweeds which fitted in perfectly against the backdrop of the shop. After a successful afternoon it was back to the showroom to meet some leaders in fashion from the Fashion Institute.


It was time to pack up our collections, take down the rails and head back home. Each company had successful ventures; gaining new contacts, new clientèle and buyers.I look forward to seeing what’s next for Scotland Re:Designed and watch as the designers they have championed grow, their success internationally flying the flag for Scottish fashion and textiles design.

Scotland Re:Designed take on Chicago!

Really looking forward to this weeks Scotland Re:Designed visit to Chicago. We have all arrived.

Kick started the first day with a 4.30am wake up (incurred by jet lag and not my eagerness for such a ridiculously early morning) followed by a scrumptious breakfast, walk along the shore front, boutique search and now on with making appointments!

All the info about the venue and the designers is below..

Pictures by Anna Olszewska
Clothes: Judy R Clark

Supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Creative Scotland, Scotland Re:Designed will create the first eco-chic showroom of sustainable Scottish fashion and textiles in Chicago.

The Venue: INLAND STEEL BUILDING 77, Dearborn Revenue, Chicago, IL 60603 

The Designers:


Showroom Opens: Monday 24th – 28th September.

Wed –  VIP Brunch & a Blether from 11.45.

We would love to see you there! 

See Scotland Re:Designed for all the info.

Layers Of Lace with MYB..

Layers of Lace

The dress is entirely hand sewn using layers of lace mainly provided by MYB Textiles to form the start of a great collaboration. Three of my  new lace  pieces using MYB fabrics were revealed last week at Scotland Re:Designed. This is one of my newest creations so therefore one of my new favourites… I’m looking forward to creating more!

The dress will also be me made in black and gold.

Thank you  MYB for  your beautiful fabric x

(The pictures were taken by me after the catwalk show so the lighting is not great but they show the dress of never the less. A new photo-shoot is will be under way soon!)

Part 2 – Scotland Re:Designed Showroom NYC

Natalia in my blue madras and lace dress

lace bustle, black circular skirt

Jacket made using Calzeat fabric embellished with lace with bright yellow lining.

FIT display

Exhibition at FIT (no pics allowed) but definitely worth a visit!

No photos were allowed but IMPACT is a must see if you are in New York
Scotland Re:Designed  look book

Knitting for Ms Ruzzack

man scooting a dog along the street…

very cute car

Maki J Obama and her assistant, fashion designers New York

Bebaroque getting snapped

Tracy and Tom from Carelee

Jan from Belinda Robertson

Euan McWhirter and his jewels!

lace dress by me and necklace by Euan

Me, model and Wendy from MYB textiles.

Another lovely lady in William Chambers!

William Chambers, Rosie Sugden and Wendy from MYB with a  William Chambers hat on.

Look forward to our event in Glasgow this June! Thanks to everyone involved was a great trip. x

Scotland Re:Designed Showroom NYC

 A quick peak at the Scotland Re:Designed showroom, its all go in preparation for tomorrow evenings launch so will leave you with the preview pics! To book an appointment see Scotland Re:Designed! x

Timorous BBeasties& Spencer Clothing

Judy R Clark

Henrietta Ludgate

William Chambers


Timorous Beasties (I’m in love!)


Rosie Sugden

Euan Mcwhirter


Timorous Beasties


more pics to come through the week…

In New York with Scotland Re:Designed!

Delighted to be heading out with an excellent team to represent Scotland’s fashion and textiles industry next week at an exciting new showcase which launches April 9th – Scotland Re:Designed….read all about it!

Harris Tweed Dress  Pic: Anna Olszewska

Twelve exhibitors have been selected by an
international panel of fashion and textiles experts to take part in
Scotland:Redesigned, a new industry led initiative aimed at championing Scotland’s
modern, vibrant fashion and textile sector to buyers and media in New York during
Scotland Week 2012.

I will be taking my own collection of Harris Tweed
garments combining silks tulles, pearls and lace along with some new pieces using
cloth by Scottish Mills. The pieces combine a woven tartan lace cloth
with pearl embroidery and layers of lace. 

I will also be showcasing Spencer Clothing and I hope to see the ‘Clark Coat’ swaggering down the streets of Manhattan soon!

If you would like to stop by and say hello, make an
appointment or blog about the event do get in touch!

Exhibiting at 558 West 21st (at 12th
Ave) from 9-12th

There will be a whole host of design talent at the exhibition.Check out all the designers and make an appointment
at Scotland Re:Designed

Spencer Collection. Fiddes Skirt.