Monday, 11 April 2016
The Scottish Design Exchange
The Scottish Design Exchange opened in Ocean Terminal back in summer 2015. This concept store is a not for profit enterprise, set up to help designers get experience in the world of retail. Focused on students, new graduates and small brands, the space gives an opportunity for them to sell their wares as part of a larger collective. It's a big space, filled with art, fashion, jewellery, homeware and accessories. So pretty much a super cool department store alternative, filled with a tonne of new designers to be discovered. Count me in!
Last Friday they had a little blogger soirée. It was nice to finally head along and have a relaxed look around the space. It's safe to say there were plenty of designers that caught my eye. They have space for 150 different contributors and it's pretty chocca. The bottom floor is filled with fabulous furniture, has walls full of amazing artwork and some gorgeous finishing touches for the home. Happy Retro Furniture was definitely on of my favourites. They have a mountain painted set of drawers is just so perfect!In fact all of the furniture is pretty sweet and oh so colourful. I love the mix of larger and smaller items that are stocked. It's a great place for gift buying, if you can stop looking for yourself. I have to admit that I found that rather difficult.
Moving upstairs to The Loft area, things got even better. Of course I would say that, that's where all the fashion is. It's a smaller space but it still manages to pack in a whole load of designers. From super cute lingerie by Mishke, to some full on storybook head pieces. A lot of the designer were new to me, which is something I always find exciting. I felt fabulous after trying on Kitsch Me Vintage's amazing headpieces. The black number below pretty much turns me into a Disney villain, and I LOVE IT! Other designers I also fell for included Heather Margaret Grace and their terrifyingly wonderful taranchula scarf (I don't know why but I just love fashion that scares me) and the whole collection from Never Monday. In fact I may have treated myself to something from the latter. It will be turning up in an outfit post very soon, so watch this space. Their eye skirt is also still on my wishlist.
If you're a designer you can find more about being stocked in The Scottish Design Exchange here. Or why not enter their competition for free month membership. Check out the Facebook page for more details. And if you're a shopper head along tout suite! Their current designers are dropping off new stock all the time and new designers are popping constantly. It's a great way to support local designers and find yourself a treat.