Wednesday, 26 August 2015
It's not often I find myself with an afternoon to wander around Glasgow. Usually if I'm headed to the big smoke it's with a long to do list of places to go and people to see. But a few weekends ago I found myself with some time to kill and I knew exactly where I wanted to spend it. I've been meaning to check out Factory 45 for the longest time. Ever since I heard of the non-profit retail space setting up shop I knew I'd love it. Stocking local designers and makers, the store strives to showcase creative talent as an antidote to the throw away fashion of the high street. Run by Impact Arts, profits go towards helping communities transform their lives through creativity and the arts. All good stuff if you ask me.
Upon arriving I was made to fell very welcome by David Black, the designer behind House of Black, as he gave me the lowdown of all the designers and the story behind Factory 45. There were a number of designers I was familiar with (Obscure Couture, Rebecca Torres, G69 Clothing ) but also a few that were new to me. I loved NLM Design's fun ice cream appliques and Thrifty Little's awesome heart purses. My wish list grew longer the more I looked around.
One thing we always harp on about on here is our love for shopping IRL. The online world certainly opens up the choice of independent designers but we also love being able to see, touch and try on items before we buy. So, of course, I took the opportunity to have a little changing room session. I have always liked the look of Rebecca Torres' designs but have worried that they'd be a bit to figure hugging for my curves. With a mighty fine collection stocked in Factory 45, I decided to test some of them out. I was instantly attracted to a colourful zip skirt sample that had just arrived. Trying it on I was pleasantly surprised by the fit. The stretch patterned fabric meant it fit snugly without being uncomfortable. I may be wearing it back to front in these photos but the fact that it looked good both ways made it even more attractive. Unfortunately my shopping budget was limited and I had to leave this beauty on the shelf. Being able to try it on has definitely made me more confident about buy ing some Rebecca Torres in the future though.
What I did leave with was a bit smaller, but still rather awesome. I treated myself to a pair of mermaid pants (you can never have too many pants) and a fun faces zine by Claire Forrest. I just loved the monochrome design and the expression on the mermaids face. Not a bad little spree, I'm sure you'll agree. I'll be making sure I return to Factory 45 on every Glasgow trip from now on!