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Great Scots showcased at Scotland Re:Designed

Fashion showcase Scotland Re:Designed reported a surge in attendance after bringing its fifth edition to Edinburgh.

Attendance at the consumer and trade exhibition, which celebrates the creative and manufacturing output of both established and emerging Scottish designers, doubled to 1,000 visitors over the two-day event on November 7 and 8.

Part of the National Textiles Conference for the first time this season, Scotland Re:Designed featured an extended programme of workshops and Q&A sessions with industry experts, in response to demand from previous visitors.

Guest speakers included buyers from Liberty, Harrods, Topman and Debenhams.

Scotland Re:Designed founder and director Chris Hunt said: “It’s essential for us to support young talent and it’s great to see designers working closely with buyers to develop the skills and confidence they need to make it in this industry.”

Liberty menswear buyer Ben Andrew praised the quality of those showcased, highlighting luxury knitwear label Esk among others.

He said: “It’s so important to raise the profile of Scottish designers in particular as manufacturing [here] is in such high demand, but given the small size of the industry it’s so difficult to get collections produced.”

Scotland Re:Designed also awarded a prize as part of its new talent competition promoting Scottish fashion. Womenswear designer Mairi McDonald took home this year’s prize at the event.

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