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New York 2011

Harris Tweed Orb Jacket and Hat – Headpiece Fabhatrix, Photograph Gerardo Jaconelli

successful year in NYC 2011!

We boarded the flight with much excitement; we
could not wait to be back in New York City!

We kick started the adventure with a trip to the
pop up shop to drop of our gear, followed by a 5am photo shoot the next day
,with photographer Gerardo Jaconelli, we took in the sights and
dressed the models with the Textiles Scotland team, a very long day but well
worth it!

Next day was fittings and chat back at pop up
shop – it was the main base for setting up meetings and talking to other
designers. Jan the stylist was upstairs dressing a host of famous faces who
came through the door. I am rubbish at spotting a celeb but hey ho they were
there never the less!

April 5th came and the eve of Dressed
to Kilt, the room was packed, there was a great atmosphere, lots of cheering
and a few whistles as models sauntered down the catwalk.

Billy Connolly was first on stage followed by my
own collection opening the show with a special Harris Tweed collection
celebrating the Centenary of the world-famous Orb. Delighted!The collection
featured Harris Tweed, velvets and vintage lace. The jackets also feature
beautiful embroidery by my partner in crime Alison Macleod of Tiger Textiles.
Her delicately embroidered panels are beautiful and make each piece so
completely unique.

A host of celebs then strutted their stuff
down the catwalk including Kiefer Sutherland, ‘Mr Big’ (Chris North) from Sex
& The City and Brian Cox who all enjoyed showing a bit of ‘cheek’ on
the runway! Paolo Nutini played an acoustic version of Caledonia, it was
simply gorgeous!

The other Scottish designers who’s outfits graced the Manhattan catwalk
included Glasgow label ten30, his new website has just launched! Alan digitally
prints and embroiders his cloth making elegant womenswear clothing.
He joined us for some good chat in Times Square and filled us in on his fashion
conquest. His wears will be available through the website soon. See more at www.ten3o.co.uk

Alan Moores ten30 collection.

Henrietta Ludgate, Haley Scanlan, Claire McInally, Di Gilpin, Strumpet and Pink
, Kiltpin and Iona Crawford also strutted some stuff on the runway. It was a pleasure to meet some friendly
faces in the Scottish fashion industry and celebrate our culture in true Scottish style.

Scottish Designers..

We all shared a space at this year’s pop up shop in the prestigious shopping
area of Madison Avenue. The designer reception at the pop up on April 6th  was fab, whisky cocktails flowed and canapés
nibbled. The setup was clean and classical and enjoyed by all who attended.

A big thank you to Textiles Scotland and to Fiona and Stewart for all their hard graft, they made it
a great evening and event for us all!

Our Harris Tweed designs on Scottish models Amy Mclleland, Nicola Mimnagh (Miss Scotland), Stephanie Williamson
Mark Hogarth shows off the Golden Orb to ccelebrateelbrate 100 years of the Harris Tweed orb.

 Art work by Alison is anyone need their chest painted!

New Yoik!
A seven man band on board the Textiles Scotland photo shoot, 10 including models!
Claire McInally dress bbeingshot at Brooklyn Bridge.

Amy Mclleland in our Harris Tweeds with Gerardo Jaconelli the photographer.

Pop Up Shop showing off Jackets, hats and AAlison’sembroidery!

AAlison’snew pal magic the dog wearing a Louis Vuitton collar..

Taxi !

to the airport..

Judy R Clark wins Jolomo Award!

I had the honour of meeting John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo) last week at an awards ceremony organised by PSYBT. The afternoon comprised of  a lovely lunch followed by a round of interviews and then the big prize giving. It was a nervous wait for all but well worth it, delighted to have won! Second and third place respectively went to Lauren Crawford who lives in fife and designs handwoven textiles and Dundee based silversmith Geena Delaney.

                                           PSYBT supported business..
Jolomo and Judy

The Jolomo PSYBT Awards were launched in March 2008 with the help of a
£10,000 donation from Jolomo to inspire more young people with arts and
crafts backgrounds living in North West Scotland and the Highlands and
Islands to set up their own businesses. This year the awards and the
prize money were extended to include eligible arts and crafts businesses
throughout the whole of Scotland.

You can read the article in full at Creative Boom.