Our country, both historically and currently, excels in the industry. From celebrated designers like Louise Gray and Jonathan Saunders to textile companies like Caerlee Mills in the Borders, Scots seem to have an eye for design.
Events like the Scottish Fashion Awards are perfect for highlighting and celebrating that talent. Every year at the awards an array of creative individuals are given a platform on which to sell themselves and their work. For small businesses and up-and-coming designers it's the kind of PR money just can't buy.
The Scottish fashion industry has a lot to celebrate right now. Designer Christopher Kane continues to receive great reviews for his collections, while milliner William Chambers has been invited to take his designs to Royal Ascot this year. Then there's Marc Ross and Emily Lamb of the Design Collective Scotland who have just opened their first shop in Glasgow.
One of the most important roles the Scottish Fashion Awards plays is to highlight the wide range of fashion talent that exists in Scotland. It's important to know what's right here on our doorstep – the array of factories and mills and the wide variety of up-and-coming designers working and selling within our borders. More than that though it's important we all try, if and where at all possible, to support these talents – something the Scottish Fashion Awards is proud to have done for the last seven years.