Design Collective Scotland Launches at London Fashion Week

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Prince of Scots proclaims London Fashion Capital of the World

Prince of Scots’ Iona Crawford will take centre stage during London Fashion week as Scottish design continues to influence global fashion trends. Design Collective Scotland show for the first time during London Fashion Week. The Collective was conceived to promote contemporary Scottish fashion and design. The goal is to create a platform to nurture fashion creative’s in Scotland.

The world knows Alexander McQueen, Holly Hunt, Jonathan Saunders, and Christopher Kane. The Collective is comprised of the next generation of cutting edge designers to emerge from Scotland. Design Collective Scotland launched Thursday 8th September via a special evening showcase at Metropolitan in Glasgow’s Merchant Square, the heart of the city’s trendsetting lifestyle.

The Design Collective Scotland will present Spring/Summer 2012 collections at London Fashion Week. The Collective is formed by Iona Crawford; Di Gilpin; Emily Lamb and Marc Ross.

Marc Ross said “Working as an independent designer can be very isolating and stifling, but since the formation of Design Collective Scotland, the four of us have been in contact with each other on a daily basis; we all feel we’re not alone any more and are reaping the benefits from being able to bounce ideas off each other and discuss various fashion initiatives.”

Cardonald College Glasgow is supporting the initiative by offering access to unique workshop spaces. In return students will have the opportunity to work alongside Design Collective Scotland. Students will be exposed to every aspect of the initiative making a direct and valued contribution to the manufacture of the collections.

Dr Alex McCluskey, Head of Faculty, Creative Industries at Cardonald College Glasgow, said: “Scotland has frequently ‘punched above its weight’ in fashion and todays young designers are no exception. You don’t have to look far to see their influence and I’m sure that Design Collective Scotland members will take their place as individuals and as a group at national and international levels. To show at London Fashion Week in their first weeks of formation will be an outstanding achievement and we wish them every success.”

Design Collective Scotland will host a reception on September 20th as London Fashion Week Launch. Models will offer a glimpse of the contemporary lifestyle collections in this salon style event. Kitty The Lion will perform alongside live DJ set by Ross McMillan.

Tim Danser, President Prince of Scots, says “The fashion world is looking for new and fresh design. In a global market where retailers are looking for reasons to buy, the Design Collective Scotland gives us a front row seat at London Fashion Week and the future”            

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Designer Profiles

Iona Crawford

  • Renowned for innovative and intricate garment structure fused with trademark tailoring, Iona Crawford collections are unashamedly elegant. Refined silhouette, bespoke self-designed prints, meticulous cloth selection and masculine tailoring influences unite to create an inimitable, avant garde yet wearable look. As a contemporary designer and artist, Iona’s work is typified by cutting edge design fused with painterly prints which are developed through the transposition of her own artworks to print, serving thereafter as exquisite dress fabrics and luxurious silk garment linings. Iona Crawford collections consist of earthy and tonal fabrics of Scottish origin, including cashmere, wool, tweed and leather. The combination and contrast of each element result in distinctive and innovative collections which epitomise timeless contemporary style. Revered in the ever fashion-forward Tokyo, the UK, and Scotland and throughout the UK, Crawford’s mix of cashmere, merino, laser-cut leather and printed silk is earning her a reputation as one of the most avant garde young designers emerging today. Through her forthcoming Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Iona will again continue to push the boundaries of contemporary print; designing a collection which incorporates her unique painterly prints with a selection of luxurious cloths – notably, organic merino jersey from the world’s finest merino flocks in Auckland New Zealand. Iona has a burgeoning base of international fashion clients and stockists in the US and UK, including Prince of Scots New York and Cobbler’s Weans Glasgow.

Di Gilpin

  • Having established herself as one of the world’s leading innovative designers of hand knitwear, designing for a host of international brands; Di Gilpin has this year created her debut own-label collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Drawing inspiration from traditional hand knit techniques such as Gansey, Lace, Intarsia and Damask, she has created a series of signature pieces which wrap and hold the body. From its very inception, Di’s work has shown a unique, individual flair and a strong relationship to landscape, with particular emphasis on the dramatic Cuillin Mountains of Skye. Di has travelled extensively in India, extending her palette and design style and drawing particularly on designs from the high Himalaya in Ladhak. Her long standing love of Andalucia and its Moorish culture, architecture and design have also contributed a profound influence on her work over the years, as have the Atlantic coasts of Scotland and Ireland. In February 2011 Di designed and created the extraordinary hand knitted pieces which took the fashion world by storm as they hit the MeadhamKirchhoff catwalk during London Fashion Week. Di’s work has been recognised by several awards over the years. Of particular note was her accolade as the first ever Balvenie Artisan of the Year in 2005. Di was, and remains, the only artisan maker ever to be short listed for the Scottish Arts Council’s Creative Scotland Award. She has worked as a designer for internationally acclaimed Rowan Yarns, as well as a host of other yarn companies, whilst producing her own eponymous book of patterns entitled ‘Shorelines’. Di’s work is innovative and daring in design, technique and execution. She strives to create sustainable clothing and commissions her own organic yarns and fibres, all sourced in the UK, creating garments with both a unique look and feel – principles which are embodied within her forthcoming Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Emily Lamb

  • Emily Lamb combines sheer luxury and timeless modern design to create beautiful footwear for the discerning woman. Emily studied at Cordwainers with London College of Fashion, where she was awarded the Cordwainers Bursary Award for her work. Her final graduate collection was exhibited at both The Royal Academy and within Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly in 2008. Following graduation Emily worked for world-renowned Emmy Shoes prior to establishing her own label in 2010. This year she has been short listed for Scottish Fashion Awards Accessories Designer of the Year 2011 and was nominated as best new Scottish Designer 2011 at The Scottish Variety Awards. Emily’s hotly anticipated Spring/Summer 2012 collection uses a variety of sumptuous materials from black silk to soft navy nappa to powder pink kid suede. With transparent PVC, bold pinks and deep burnt orange and a combination of floral and structural shapes, the collection encapsulates every possible mood of a summer romance, a very personal perception of summer love and true timeless beauty, in each beautiful pair of shoes. Emily’s unique footwear is now available to buy online at, within Lace Boutique Scotland and The College Shop, London College of Fashion’s graduate pop up shop on Carnaby Street – to open at the same time as Vogue’s Fashion night out in September and run for three weeks.

Marc Ross

  • Beginning his fashion career as a summer apprentice, Marc Ross’s favourite environs swiftly became the sample and pattern room, where he cut his teeth as a pattern maker and began nurturing the talent which is evident within each of the garments he designs. On graduating with first class honours in Fashion Design and Garment Technology in Manchester, Marc went on to intern with Vivienne Westwood in London, spending a year working with the creative pattern cutting team on its Gold Label. He then returned to Manchester to work as a designer for a company designing and manufacturing for such high-end labels as Jaeger, Burberry, Anya Hindmarch and Barbour. Returning to Scotland in early 2010, Marc launched his own, eponymous label and channelled his vision towards designing his own womenswear collections. The Marc Ross label was nominated for Scottish Fashion Awards Young Designer of the year 2011. In February 2011 he was named the star of Silverburn, which acts as a platform to showcase his label. Known for his dramatic, gorgeously constructed pieces combining elements of British tailoring and couture, Marc creates a distinct aesthetic which focuses on innovation through pattern making and garment manipulation in order to push the boundaries within design. His forthcoming Spring/Summer 2012 collection will feature digital prints, laser cutting and a kaleidoscope of summer colours, including burnt orange, yellow, gold and white in his signature leather.About Prince of Scots

About Prince of Scots

Prince of Scots is an exceptional designer, manufacturer, and retailer of top quality consumer products. The company offers a vast global network of sourcing, manufacturing and distribution through strategic partnerships. Our “Ultimate Goal” is be Best in Class in everything we do.

About Tim Danser

A Fashion Industry Executive skilled in creating "The Next Big Idea." While a student at West Virginia University, Danser created the schools first pin up calendar, Faces of WVU. Danser has been credited with many "first" in the industry including "Why Rent When You Can Own Tuxedo" at JCPenney and "Dad Wants Free Gasoline" at Sears.

Singular product innovations include the world’s first machine wash/tumble dry suit with JCPenney and the world's first Eco suit at Sears. While serving as Interim President and Vice-President of Marketing at Bagir International, Danser was successful at turning the company around, launching Simon Carter in North America and creating Red Carpet Brands.

Today, Danser brings a new global source of supply, a new business strategy to keep businesses competitive, and new designers/ talent which create reasons to buy.


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