HANDMADE EDINBURGH

Right now I’m in the beautiful Scottish capital, participating in Handmade Edinburgh. It’s a premium contemporary craft show, curated by Handmade in Britain, featuring the best designer makers from all over Britain. 

Open 10am to 6pm,  27th to 29th October, make sure you catch it this weekend before it closes! 

Here are some of the stunning things you can find at the show: 

Scarves made of Harris tweed combined with printed fabrics and velvet by  Helen Chatterton  

Scarves made of Harris tweed combined with printed fabrics and velvet by Helen Chatterton 

Camera Obscura by  Ainsley Francis  

Camera Obscura by Ainsley Francis 

Porcelain touchstones by  Judith Davies  

Porcelain touchstones by Judith Davies 

Natural dyeing by  Talie Linseed Textiles

Natural dyeing by Talie Linseed Textiles

Jewellery made from Caithness stone by  Lindsey Gallagher

Jewellery made from Caithness stone by Lindsey Gallagher

Sculptures cast from leaves in bronze by  Ashleaf  

Sculptures cast from leaves in bronze by Ashleaf 

And finally... 

Knitwear by  Collingwood Norris  ,

Knitwear by Collingwood Norris ,

and  me ! 

and me

the spectacular interior of the Handmade Edinburgh venue,  The Hub , Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

the spectacular interior of the Handmade Edinburgh venue, The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

A Visit to Studio Raeburn

Finally Christopher Raeburn held one of their famous sample sales when I wasn't on the other side of the world or exhibiting at a show! Amazed to be greeted by a giant inflatable tortoise (named Terry, so I was informed). 

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Terry the Tortoise at Christopher Raeburn's Sample Sale

Terry the Tortoise at Christopher Raeburn's Sample Sale

It was great to again see the uber talented designer himself, whom I met last year in Tokyo of all places, where we found we had several mutual friends and I used to go to college with his brother Graeme, who is also a super talented designer (for Rapha).

Although familiar with and a fan of Christopher's designs, I'd never actually tried any on before. Well can I just say wow. I knew the clothes looked good and I knew they were cleverly cut and impeccably well made, but I didn't realise just how absolutely, amazingly fabulous they feel to wear! It was really difficult not to buy everything in sight, but eventually I limited myself to one garment and one accessory.

I chose this wool bomber from their AW13 Signal / Optics collection. I seriously cannot wait for winter to come so I can wear this!

Christopher Raeburn Wool Bomber from their AW13 Signal / Optics Collection

Christopher Raeburn Wool Bomber from their AW13 Signal / Optics Collection

As for the accessory... well who could resist a bag that doubles as a pet?! I loved the way it actually fits to the shape of your body when it's worn. I looks like it's climbing down my side!

My cat Taggart meeting my new Christopher Raeburn lizard bag

My cat Taggart meeting my new Christopher Raeburn lizard bag

My friend nabbed herself one of their famous lightweight parkas for a quite ridiculous price. I wish I could post a pic of her in it here, but she's way  too camera shy.

Unfortunately this sample sale is now over, but whatever you do, make sure you're at the next one!!! Like Christopher Raeburn's facebook page and you'll get a heads up next time they hold one.

Layla x