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    8 February 2016 
    Edinburgh Fashion Week to Make a Stylish Return to the Capital
    Tickets on sale now for award winning event

    Now in its second year, Edinburgh Fashion Week (EFW) is making a highly anticipated return to the city next month to inspire Scottish shoppers and style connoisseurs. Hosted from Saturday 5th – Sunday 13th March, the must-attend annual event will showcase the hottest Spring/Summer looks, emerging designers and top retailers from across the city centre.

    The launch weekend on the 5th and 6th March will see The Mound transformed into a buzzing, indoor style hub, which will feature a packed schedule of cutting edge catwalk shows, pop up workshops with industry insiders and exclusive exhibits. Shows will incorporate Princes Street and George Street favourites including River Island, Gap, LK Bennett, Jigsaw and John Lewis as well as collaborations from Thistle Street and West End retailers. Postgraduate designers from Edinburgh College of Art will close the launch weekend on Sunday with a creative collective. Show attendees can preview the 2016 collections from over 25 high street heroes and chic boutiques and take advantage of an exclusive EFW discount card to help them re-create their favourite looks.
    This year, the event will partner will breast cancer charity Walk the Walk to host a one-of-a-kind Moonwalk show on Saturday 5th March. An array of Scottish celebrities, sports personalities and designers will be involved in the extravaganza which will culminate in an exciting live auction. Other collaborators include iconic Edinburgh blogger Satisfashion and fashion movement Scot Street Style amongst others.
    Following the weekend launch, participating retailers will be running exclusive promotions across the city and the event will close with the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show on Friday 11th & Saturday 12th of March in The Biscuit Factory.

    Hosted by Essential Edinburgh, Edinburgh Fashion Week was launched in 2015 to bring families and shoppers into the city centre, to celebrate the capital’s creativity and style.

    Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh – the company behind Edinburgh Fashion Week and EdinEvents – said:
    “Edinburgh Fashion Week is a wonderful opportunity for diverse city centre fashion retailers to come together and showcase their offerings this Spring. The mix of High Street favourites, chic boutiques and new up and coming design talent will surely offer trends for everyone’s tastes.
    “Coming into the beautiful city centre, whether to shop, eat, drink or be entertained is a wonderful experience and our five annual events help to encourage residents and locals to re-discover what they love about Edinburgh. It is no wonder that towards the end of 2015 Edinburgh was voted the top city to live in the UK- jumping 97 places in the rankings since 2013.”
    Alan Thomlinson, Store Manager of Jenners/House of Fraser says: “We’re delighted to be involved once again in Edinburgh Fashion Week. There’s a fantastic mix of retailers taking part and we’re really looking forward to showing visitors what Edinburgh has to offer in terms of style. With catwalk shows, pop-up tutorials and week-long promotions, there is something for everyone at this year’s event.”
    Sara Morris, Press Assistant at Oliver Bonas says: “Edinburgh Fashion Week provides the perfect platform for passionate, creative independent retailers like our self to showcase their latest collections. The city has such a strong style scene and we can’t wait for the buzz around the capital during the event.”
    Retailers taking part include Jenners/House of Fraser, ANTA, John Lewis, Gap, Next, Debenhams, Pretty Green, River Island, French Connection, LK Bennett, Jigsaw, Oliver Bonas, Kakao by K, ALC, Covet, BISCUIT, 21st Century Kilts, Just G Boutique, Marina Rinaldi, Sam Brown Boutique, Odyssey Boutique and Jojo Maman Bebe. Refreshments will be provided by Tigerlily.

    Tickets to Edinburgh Fashion Week go on sale today (8th February) on the Essential Edinburgh website, with single show and VIP packages available. Prices range from free – £25 and early bird tickets will be available from 8th – 19th February.

    #EdFashionWeek #EdinEvents


    Notes to Editors
    Essential Edinburgh is Edinburgh’s largest and Scotland’s second largest Business Improvement District (BID). A BID is a defined area where businesses vote to invest collectively in local improvements. A BID is not a substitute for central or local government investment, but an additional investment by private business to strengthen the local economy and give local businesses a unified voice.
    Essential Edinburgh’s BID term lasts for five years; through the BID levy BID businesses will have collectively invested £5m in the city centre by the end of this second BID term. The renewal ballot for Essential Edinburgh’s third term will begin in April 2018 with the result announced at the end of May 2018.
    Essential Edinburgh have launched which will list all five key events that Essential Edinburgh deliver annually (Edinburgh Fashion Week, Spa in the City, Film in the City, Farm to Fork, Edinburgh Restaurant Festival) alongside other key events within the city centre. In addition to the five annual events Essential Edinburgh will continue to deliver all the initiatives and services as outlined in their business plan which runs until June 2018.

    10 November 2015 


    Scot Street Style and Blind Pig Cider have teamed up to create a bespoke evening to delight the senses. Inviting a group of people they really like, amongst them are Edinburgh based artists and press. The night has been baptized: Vintage with a Modern Twist.

    Blind Pig drinks will be created by mixologists into the perfect serve of three flavours of your choice: Bourbon & Blueberry, Whiskey, Honey & Apple and Rum & Poached Pear.

    Gordon Millar, Creative Director of Scot Street Style, said “we’re delighted to partner with Blind Pig Cider and put on our first themed event together. We’ve created an evening of Vintage with a Modern Twist in Edinburgh’s most organic venue with brilliantly creative individuals who will make the night incredibly special.”

    With tunes from Gramophone DJ Lord Holyrude – the infamous deck master – armed with his gramophone turn tables, he will be taking to the stage playing all the hits from the 1920s through to the 1950s.

    Gordon continued, “Attendees will enjoy watching DJ Lord Holyrude as he is both baffling and astounding, particularly when he changes the needles of the gramophone every time he swaps his records.”

    Guests will get a sneak peak of archive and brand new pieces from the legends at Stewart Christie who’s goal is to look after our fashion heritage rather than behind a glass case gathering dust and bring a modern twist to these vintage pieces with new designs. The Tailoring Firm of Stewart Christie, established in 1720, will have their new collection ready for viewing in the Spring of 2016.

    As if that weren’t enough, KellyDawn Riot, local award winning fashion designer supported by the Love Your Clothes campaign and Zero Waste Scotland will be at the event. Taking inspiration from naturalist illustrators and forward thinking icons of times gone by, Kelly Dawn Riots brand embodies a unique aesthetic that invokes a sense of the ephemeral and wonder. Unique pieces are made using remnants from local Scottish mills or natural fabrics making them strong and durable, while the eco friendly printing techniques and the attention to detail ensure that each piece is a treasure: inspired by nature, designed for life.

    Models will be wearing Kelly Dawn Riot pieces throughout the evening…!about/c10fk

    There will also be some prizes for unsuspecting guys & dolls so come join in, drink, dance, celebrate Scottish creativity and be marvelled.



    Reinvigorating the perception of Scotland. As Brand Ambassadors, focusing primarily on Marketing, Events and Production, Scot Street Style work with a host of start-ups to put Scotland on the map. Over the past year, Scot Street Style has built up an organic community of more than 20 thousand individuals on their social media channels. Holding events in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and New York; promoting grassroots by creating incredible new opportunities and promoting innovation.


    Blind Pig is a brand new range of premium ciders blended with fruit and spirit flavours to produce a unique new taste sensation. This top-notch new range includes: Bourbon & Blueberry; Rum & Poached Pear; and Whiskey, Honey & Apple.  Now, you could be forgiven for thinking cider-season is coming to a close as we say “see you later” to summer. Well, it’s time to bid farewell to everything you came to expect from a cider too. Forget fruity concoctions and endless lazy sunny afternoons – say hello to a cider to accompany evenings after dark, just when the party is about to start. It’s a totally new way to drink cider.

    “Why Blind Pig?” we hear you ask. Good question – we’ve got a good answer too. Cast your mind back to everything you’ve heard about 1920s America when speakeasies abounded. These establishments were known as Blind Pigs, on account of the nature of the “entertainment” they provided.  Speaking of bottles – look closer, there’s more there than meets the eye, whether that be on the bottle caps or mysterious numbers around the base, it’s an invitation for people to explore.  Uncover a world of hidden secrets.


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    Tuesday 16h June 2015



    Tuesday 16th June, Edinburgh, Scotland – Scotland’s fastest growing creative community, Scot Street Style, has announced they will be making a spectacular return to Edinburgh after their massively successful event in Brooklyn, New York earlier in the year. Their next event, The Gathering 8, will take place in Edinburgh’s new Fashion hub, The Biscuit Factory, on Saturday 4th July 2015.

    Speaking about the brand, Neill Connell Forgie said, “The Biscuit Factory are delighted to play host to the latest Gathering. There is a spotlight shining on Scotland right now and The Gathering presents an opportunity to enhance our international reputation as a centre for excellence in fashion and design. With exciting times ahead for Scot Street Style we are privileged to be at the centre of it.”

    Scot Street Style is on a global quest to reinvigorate the perception of Scotland. Having recently achieved 10,000 followers on Instagram the company is moving very quickly to show the world that Scotland is innovative, progressive and authentic. Bringing together grassroots and established individuals from start-up and corporate companies to combine their skills, demographics and reach, Scot Street Style is leading this movement.

    Noting the hunger and desire from individuals wanting to be part of something in Edinburgh, which is developing as a fashion centre, Gary Anderson from #edfashion said, “We are really looking forward to [The Gathering] this summer, bringing people together and celebrating fashion and creativity here in the capital”

    Gordon Millar explains more about The Gathering, “they are a completely different way of networking, where everything is positive and the focus is on talking, creativity and sharing ideas at the event. We have created a level playing field, where everyone is invited to actively participate. Following their attendance, many individuals have gone on to do collaborations together, been picked up in various form of media channels and found success and exposure that could only come from our unique environment”

    The Gathering 8, sponsored by Innis & Gunn & The Biscuit Factory, marks an anticipated return to Scotland’s Capital and continues their drive on social media and social reality. Starting at 7pm there will be live music, a DJ along with a fashion show and gallery of photographic works over the course of the evening.


    Sponsors: Innis & Gunn / The Biscuit Factory

    About Scot Street Style
    Brand Ambassadors, promoting businesses and individuals in Scotland to the rest of the world. Key focus areas are primarily social media and hosting events throughout Scotland and North America. The company help manufacturers, textiles, makers, designers, educators, leaders, bloggers, models, photographers, arts and crafts and many more across the creative spectrum build their presence in social media and social reality; leading the perception of Scotland around the world.


    Instagram: @scotstreetstyle
    Twitter: @scotstreetstyle
    Facebook: Scot Street Style