The last three months have been an exceptional lesson in retail for everyone at SR:D, as well as the 21 Scottish designers we took on our journey at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. Its been through the hard work of everyone involved and with the support and belief from the folks at Ocean Terminal that we’ve been able to do it! It just proves that there really is demand for a concept store like this in shopping destinations which are usually reserved for the big guns! Even though it’s over (for now!) – we’ve put together a guide to fill your shopping void for all things beautiful, artisan and independent in Scotland.
First up on our list, and in celebration of FIFTEEN FULL YEARS of business is Concrete Wardrobe, in Edinburgh.
Owners James Donald and Fiona McIntosh initially began Concrete Wardrobe as an experimental pop-up store in 2000 and continue to the day to sell textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and homewares from a myriad of Scottish based and trained designers.
Concrete Wardrobe is open from Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday 12 – 5pm.
Next we have relative newcomer, Factory45, which opened in December 2014 and stocks plenty of wonderful local designers, including two familiar names – Abetwix and G69 Clothing, both of whom were stocked at SR:D Limited Edition! Factory 45’s mission is to provide young and emerging designers with a space to sell, as well as supporting them in other aspects of their burgeoning businesses like merchandising, window displays, events and collaborations.
Factory 45 is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
Abandon Ship Apparel have quickly become a bit of an institution for the hip and young; providing kitsch and edgy designs at affordable prices. They’re also exceptionally good at a wee social media campaign – racking up an impressive 55K followers on Instagram. In their Glasgow store they not only stock their own wares but also a bunch of trendy labels like Mishka NYC and Eastpak.
Abandan Ship Apparel is open Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm