Media Release: Design Collective Scotland opens retail outlet with training academy in Glasgow

Emily Lamb

LEADING emerging fashion designers, Emily Lamb and Marc Ross, open the doors to Design Collective Scotland’s first-ever retail outlet with an in-store training academy today (3.4.2012) in Glasgow’s West End.

Design Collective Scotland was formed last September as a vehicle for the promotion of contemporary Scottish fashion design and a platform for nurturing fashion creatives in Scotland.

Eighty Six, its shop at 86 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, will stock only Scottish designer labels and feature only high-quality items from relatively new designers.

But not only can customers pick up designer items; Design Collective Scotland will launch a training academy at the same premises with designers teaching a range of advanced pattern cutting, advanced dressmaking, knitting and shoe design/making skills.

Shoe designer, Emily Lamb, said: “The idea behind the 86 venture is to act as a showcase and outlet as well as a support system for ourselves and fellow designers as all profits from the shop will go towards paying for all the designers stock in the shop and to help them show at forthcoming international fashion week events.

“The training academy will teach a range of fashion trades and crafts to students in Scotland and help them through the transition from graduating from college or university through to starting their own label with hands-on guidance from designers already working for themselves.

“We have opened 86 not only to have an outlet for our own brands, but to create a support network for emerging designers that does not presently exist within Scotland.”

Designers currently stocked at Eighty Six are: Emily Lamb; Marc Ross; Di Gilpin; Hilary Grant; Obscure Couture: William Chambers; Rebecca Torres, Shona Guthrie and Lesley Niezynski.

A number of other designers are set to join the shop over the coming months.

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Date 3rd April 2012

Notes to editors

  • 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. Emily’s unique footwear is now available to buy online at, within Lace Boutique Scotland.
  • 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.

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