Welcome back to our insightful journey into the fashion history books. Where we’ll be finely selecting our favourite and most influential fashion designers of all time and discussing their work in all of its glory. How exciting, I must say!
When you hear the word ‘couture’ one name instantly springs to mind. It is, of course, the queen of couture herself, Coco Chanel. Top marks if you guessed it! Born into a French working-class background in 1883 her journey from orphan to worldwide fashion icon is the ultimate tale of rags to riches.
Firstly, we wish you a warm hearty welcome to our brand spanking new blog series 'The Essence Of An Icon.’ Here we will dust off the fashion history books and delve into the stories of our most cherished designers, who have all helped to inspire Blues & Browns along the way. Very exciting!
So, let’s begin! Our journey through fashion, commences with a designer who would most definitely be referred to as an icon. He took the industry with his era-defining collection ‘New Look’ and, of course, it’s Christian Dior.
A very warm welcome to Charlotte Cope, our guest blogger this week. Charlotte is a talented local artist, read her blog to find out how Alan the mischievous pedigree Suffolk sheep raised the cash to pay for Charlotte's Blues & Browns bespoke wedding outfit.
Alan is a pedigree Suffolk sheep from the renowned Suffolk breeders at Solwaybank. His mother, the “Tank” as she was affectionately called was in lamb with twins to Cairness Castello (he’s got a seriously good pedigree) when we purchased her. Alan and his twin arrived in the stable on a cold January night in 2013. Since then he has taken 2nd in his first and only show in Largs. He has fathered many lambs over the years - and now lives happily with us on our small holding just outside Crieff and Comrie. He is now officially a pet and part of the family..... he also knows this and regularly tries to break into the house!
So, it's now come to my third and final blog post as the intern at Blues & Browns! It's been quite an exciting month as we've been collaborating with Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers again for another Outlandish photo campaign! Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers is an Edinburgh based retailer and maker of Highlandwear specialising in bespoke kilt outfits.
Last year Blues & Browns and Gordon Nicholson Kiltmakers had their first Outlandish collaboration featured in a five-page spread in the Scottish Field. Photographed below:
Hello and welcome to my second blog post! Well I most certainly have been kept very busy in the workshop and shop itself. The subject of this blog post will be a day in the life of me, the intern!
When I get into work, I start with a cup of tea which to be honest is a lovely thing. After that I get to work! Most of my time currently is spent on projects that is for my learning and for Blues & Browns to use as showcase pieces. I also handle calls from customers and assist in the shop as required.
One of the big projects that I've been working on is a tailored three piece tweed skirt suit. This has been both exciting and challenging. This journey included cutting, fusing, sewing and pressing. If you've been having a look at our social media feeds, then you'll see that I've been posting about the project.
Hello, my name is Floraidh and I’m the intern at Blues & Browns! I am currently studying for a BSc in Fashion Technology at Herriot Watt and my degree allows for the opportunity to spend a semester working in industry.
I had contacted Blues & Browns to enquire about a possible internship and after a phone call and meeting, here I am. What attracted me to the company was the craftsmanship and care for both the customer and Scottish heritage. From my perspective its very easy to see the dedication and knowledge behind the garments and the production.
The last few weeks have been unlike any other! Being the busiest we have ever been, it was a moment of wonder as we welcomed our guests to The New Club on Princes Street, Edinburgh for our launch party on Saturday 6 October.
The day couldn’t have come together more perfectly and we are so thankful to the incredible staff of the New Club for helping us put on such a memorable event. We began the sunny afternoon with a glass of sparkling wine on the balcony overlooking Edinburgh Castle before sitting down to a scrumptious afternoon tea, it is a day we will never forget!
The Edinburgh Reporter have written a lovely article - Blues & Browns – bespoke tailoring now on George Street, and keep an eye out for the next editions of Scottish Field and Edinburgh Life as they were at the event too!
We were so happy to share the Blues & Browns designs and ethos with all of the new and familiar faces, our Edinburgh chapter feels like it is just beginning! Thank you to those who came along and shared our day.
Our appointment book is open and we welcome you to book your visit to our bespoke Edinburgh design studio HERE where we are excited to bring our made to measure, bespoke tailoring and our personal styling services to you.
The aim of this series of blogs is to tell you more about the core values that set Blues & Browns apart from the fast fashion market. Today we would like to take the opportunity to share a little more detail about how we have honed our craft to not only bring you a handcrafted garment, tailormade here in Scotland just for you, but a unique experience which encourages you to have a say in the design of your garment.
Our mission is to celebrate Scottish heritage and combine it with our expert level of craftsmanship to create beautiful, bespoke ladies fashion. – Blues & Browns
If you are up to speed with our latest news updates We've Got an Exciting Announcement & 101 George Street, Edinburgh you’ll know that there’s a lot of change underway with Blues & Browns! We may be coming out of retail and opening a new flag ship design boutique in Edinburgh but the values upon which we are built are remaining exactly the same.
We’re well aware now that High Street retailers have brought us fast fashion, providing us with the latest fashion trends at extremely low prices, but what we’re interested in is the true cost of that service.
We recently announced in our last blog - We've got an exciting announcement - that we are opening our new bespoke design studio in Edinburgh! It’s been a busy few weeks and we’ve been having so much fun transforming it into a fabulously creative space. So, as we add our final touches, we thought we would share a little story of how it came to be…
Finding the perfect location for Blues & Browns in Edinburgh was no mean feat, it has been quite the journey! We spent day after day exploring various suites and rooms around the new town. After yet another day of disappointing viewings, we were walking along George Street feeling utterly defeated, so to cheer us up we decided to go for coffee at Contini, our favourite Italian restaurant in Edinburgh. On our way in we crossed paths with Victor, the owner, he asked how we were. We relayed our sorry saga to him, he listened empathetically, pondered it for a few moments and then he said " I'm sure the space next door to us is free, come in and I will introduce you to Darren the doorman". We stepped in and were met by the dashing Darren. Something clicked immediately!