Fashioned in Glasgow are hosting their very first Fashion Show here at The Lighthouse on Thursday 2nd March. Ahead of the show, we caught up with them to find out more about Fashioned in Glasgow Ltd. and the team behind the exciting venture.
Tell us about Fashioned in Glasgow Ltd.
Fashioned In Glasgow Ltd. was set up a year ago. We started working on manufacturing last April and after successfully securing funding from First Port and Cooperative Glasgow in the summer, we ran a popular crowdfunding campaign and managed to raise £10.000. In October we moved into our premises in The Mercat Building at Glasgow Cross and officially launched in December 2016.
Fashioned In Glasgow is a social enterprise, set out to support fashion businesses not only in Scotland but throughout the UK. We offer fashion specific studio spaces with business mentoring and specialist workshops, along with this we have set up a clothing manufacturer, giving brands the opportunity to grow into the wholesale market.
Tell us about the team behind Fashioned in Glasgow
A mix of past and current experiences gave us the idea for Fashioned In Glasgow. Myself (Aimee McBride) and Alison Malcom are both fashion lecturers and we still teach for half of the week.
I teach the business enterprise unit for a top-up degree course where the students learn about the practicalities of business in real life. I also used to run my own business, being an independent designer and understand the struggles that you can face while trying to launch a brand and trying to grow it.
A lot of our students past and present want to set up in business, they want to work for themselves showing the world their creative talents as well as wanting to stay in Scotland rather than having to move elsewhere to get a job in the industry.
Fashioned In Glasgow was set up by myself (Aimee McBride) and Alison Malcom.
I graduated 10 years ago with a BA(Hons) from Heriot Watt University. Not long after this I set up my own independent label and bespoke bridal design business. I ran this for 6 years and within this time launched a bridal boutique. Whilst running my brand I also took on the role as head designer for a Scottish accessories manufacturer, gaining useful insight into the operational workings of a production facility.
I have had an interest in fashion, fabrics, textures and designing from a young age. When I was in school I won the top prise in a college design competition, I got to go along to the fashion show and see my design come to life on the catwalk- it was one of the most exhilarating experiences and made me realise that this was the only career for me.
I have always been inspired by Alexander McQueen- maybe too obvious a choice for some- but for me his collections were works of art. His use of pattern construction and detailing are wonderful, I visited the Savage Beauty exhibition last year when it was in London and was in awe for the entire show.
The industry has predominately been about fast fashion for a long time now. Throughout my career there has been peaks and troughs in trends such as reclaimed vintage and eco-friendly clothing. I think now, it’s about teaching children the value of quality clothing, so that we can reverse this fast fashion concept and increase popularity on buying from independent designers and fashion brands who produce high quality designs which have been manufactured in Britain and Europe!
During and after graduating with BA Hons in Fashion Design and Production from Glasgow Kelvin College in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University I created bespoke bridal and eveningwear for clients and gained a teaching position as a fashion lecturer with Glasgow Kelvin College. I teach subjects such as fashion design, pattern cutting and manufacture.
It was something I wanted to do when I was at school but due to circumstances I kind of fell into a job and never pursued it till after having my three children. I began dressmaking at home and just decided to quit my job and go to college, starting at NC level all the way through. It was the best decision!
AImee - Who in the design industry inspires you most?
I love Dior and Dolce and Gabbana, but they are out of my price range! I'm really loving up and coming Scottish designers Ryan Kirk as well as all of our members new collections. I'm excited for what the future holds for them.
Alison - How has the industry changed during your career?
The industry has been pretty stagnant here in Scotland in recent years, most Scottish designers feel the need to move down south to do well. This is why Aimee and I started Fashioned in Glasgow to encourage Scottish brands to stay here and grow.
What can we expect from the fashion show?
Our first ever fashion show offers a unique take on the typical catwalk set up. We wanted to host something really different so as to show off the amazing fashion talent Scotland has to offer.
It will showcase some of the amazing fashion talent that Scotland has to offer. There is a mix of new brands within their first couple of years and some emerging designers that will launch their brands on Thursday.
Some of the brands are our very own that we have helped to launch and look forward to seeing and helping them grow over the next year.
Along with this, we wanted to produce a show that was unlike the typical catwalk setting, so there will be an exciting twist!
Where do you see Fashioned in Glasgow in 5 years’ time?
Fashioned in Glasgow hopes to grow over the next 5 year into a company that all fashion students and brands will come to for help and support in launching their enterprises to the world.
We want to grow our studio space facilities so as to offer this to a wider audience throughout Scotland, we want to grow our manufacturing facility too, by offering more machinist/pattern cutting jobs as well as giving students the opportunity to intern with ourselves and our designers.
We want to use our profits for such things as funding for fashion start-ups and students looking to fund their graduate collections.
The initial fashion show sold out in a few days so due to popular demand Fashioned in Glasgow are putting on an additional show on the night of their fashion show.
The show will start at 6.00pm with doors opening at 5.30pm.
The show will enable an exciting mix of emerging fashion brands and independent designers to show their collections and gain greater awareness in an incredibly vibrant industry.
You can purchase a ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fashion-show-600pm-show-tickets-32253648531
Meet the designers involved in the fashion show in our blogs: