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Eric Musgrave studio visit..

Leading industry commentator Eric Musgrave popped along to the studio for a chat about Scottish Textiles and how I incorporate the sought after cloths into my design work.   

Eric was previously Editor at Drapers and has a varied and very interesting career. He is  now a successful author specialising in menswear. It was a great pleasure to talk to to Eric and find out more his life.You can  read more about Eric and his trip to various Scottish mills in Modh Magazine as seen below.

The video for Textiles Scotland will be out soon and was filmed by a great crew from Speakeasy Productions.

Modh Magazine

World Peace Tartan

The story unfolds…

Tartan is one of the most recognisable cultural icons anywhere in the world. It is also a metaphor for interconnectedness, interdependence, equality and diversity; therefore this tartan can be used to illustrate humanity’s desire for a harmonious and sustainable future. 

The World Peace Tartan was created to promote a global message of peace. The striking light blue in the design is representative of the presence, hope and potential of the United Nations. Scotland is represented at the heart of this enterprise through the purple and green of the Scottish thistle. The red and black in the design represent and remind us of the realities of war and violence and the great need for a new living culture of nonviolence with the white running through the pattern proving a counterbalance in being symbolic of peace and light.

In the Studio

Making the coat was really exciting, I love what the tartan represents; each piece of the tartan is so symbolic. The bustle was made using scarves from the Dalai Lama along with my own scarves from my travels to Nepal. The scarves known as ‘Khatas’ are a traditional ceremonial scarf which symbolises purity and compassion.

The strong message woven within the fabric combined with the Khata’s really gives the coat a profound significance and dramatic silhouette. I wanted the coat to convey a sense of strength and have named it ‘The Peaceful Warrior.’ Where ever the wearer goes the emblematic message of tartan and the Khata scarves will billow behind the wearer.

See the coat in its début catwalk appearance on April 8th at From Scotland With Love, New York City!

Special thanks to the chief milliner at Fabhatrix for her specially made headpiece.

Click on the links below the press pictures to read the on-line editions.

Headpiece – Fabhatrix

Photographer Aleksandra Kocela

Hair and MUA – Illusion Controlled

Model – Yasamin

The Scotsman

The Herald

The Times

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.

Mail on Sunday Photosoot

Great shoot in YOU Magazine form the Mail on Sunday celebrating the Year of Creative Scotland.

The jacket is made form Calzeat Textiles based in the Scottish Borders. Thanks to Bob Galbraith and Fiona for helping me chose the unique colourways, showing me around the mill and for producing this  this fab tartan which I transformed into a bustled beauty!

Check out the link to see the behind the scenes footage and all the pics.

Mail Shoot

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.

Born To Shop – Save The Children

This September to coincide with London Fashion Week and Vodafone Fashion Weekend, Save
the Children launch
Born to Shop –  it is  the UK’s biggest ever on-line designer fashion auction.

The sale, which starts today , features a host of designer donations from brands such as Alexander McQueen, Temperly London, Nichole Farhi and my own label Judy R Clark

Erin O’conner is fronting the campaign, the supermodel is the official ambassador for the Bid Boutique – the charity’s first ever fashion auction supported by the British Fashion Council.

The items have just been launched so get involved.You can get bidding for one of my unique Harris Tweed Jacket by clicking HERE!

A few of my Scottish colleagues are also involved which include William Chambers, Rosie Sugden and Bebaroque.

Follow the #bidboutique tweets on Twitter. Auction runs from today  September 15th – September 23rd.

The cause is so worth while, you can read a bit about it below. 

In 2011 Save
the Children launched their No Child Born to Die campaign aimed at curtailing
the shockingly high numbers of young children dying of preventable causes –
like pneumonia and diarrhoea – around the globe.
The campaign has already achieved huge breakthroughs. Last year, they inspired a massive new
investment in vaccines that will save 4 million children’s lives by 2015 and
secured commitments to train and equip more health workers so more kids can see
a doctor or nurse when they need to.

Every bit counts! x

Au Revoir Spencer…

A blog note to say I have left Spencer Clothing and moving on with pastures new! I will be concentrating on my own brand, continuing to produce a high end, quality focused product that is the essence of my label.

Exciting news is that I have a lovely new studio based  in the heart of Edinburgh where my signature frock coats, lace dresses and exclusive bespoke designs are waiting for you! The collective of artists and designers at the studio will be inviting you down for an open day sometime soon so champagne and high heels at the ready! 

A few of my favourite pictures from last month featuring Judy R Clark pieces in action….x

Photograph – David Stanton

Photograph – The Herald
Photograph – David Stanton

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!)