Independent retail shortlist
From fashion accessories to patisseries, we asked you to nominate the top independent retailers we should all be looking out for in the i-on Breakthrough Awards 2017 and here’s the shortlist. Remember, you've only got until Monday 10 July 2017 to vote for your favourite so do it now. You'll be entered into a prize draw to win a magnum of Brut Reserve Taittinger, courtesy of VinoWines, for the privilege...
Founded in 2014, Bon Tot started as an online shop before evolving into a pop-up and eventually expanding into their permanent Stockbridge home. The husband and wife team behind the brand curate a collection of modern, independent, ethically made and gender-neutral clothing and toys after becoming parents themselves and struggling to find the type of products they wanted for their daughter.
Established in 2012 by husband and wife duo, Catalog is a high-end yet accessible design store founded on the ethos of good design for all. The team is continually refreshing their displays of furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, textiles and accessories, and are on hand six days a week to offer inspiration and advice.
Returning home late from work one night, co-founder Gordon (Harry) Miller noticed a drawing by his three-year-old son, Bryce. A graphic designer friend commented that the image would look great on a T-shirt, and the seed was planted. Forty Clothing was born and Bryce’s drawing has become the now recognisable face of the Forty Monster.
Hoos has brought something new to Glasgow. They stock brands from the best Scandinavian design houses as well as a carefully curated selection of textiles, jewellery and lifestyle products from across the UK. They have recently extended their retail space to offer their customers more choice and now stock indoor plants and furniture.
Instrmnt is a Glasgow based, multi-disciplinary team with a single objective: to create minimalist, high quality goods that are accessible to all. They value process and design primarily with the user in mind. Products include a two-speed city bike, a multi-purpose day bed and a watch.
Iolla is an eyewear brand that is changing the way people buy prescription glasses and
sunglasses. By cutting out unnecessary costs and designing in-house, they’re able to
produce higher quality, better looking eyewear at a revolutionary price. They believe in a simple and upfront price, personalised service and uncompromised quality.
Pad Lifestyle has introduced a unique retail concept to Edinburgh – a curated lifestyle brand experience. Pad is about inspiring customers with awesome design from all over the world and across the whole lifestyle sphere, providing a unique platform for independent designers to showcase their work alongside massive international brands.
Sara Hill Makeup
Sara has many years’ experience working at international fashion weeks for designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. In 2016, she launched Sara Hill Makeup - an independent make-up brand developed with make-up artists and industry needs in mind. The range offers high quality, affordable and cruelty free make-up for all with an emphasis on colour.
Scottish Design Exchange
The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) is a unique concept store and not-for-profit creative community, bringing artists and designers together to share a retail space in Edinburgh. Fighting back against high gallery commission costs, artists and designers of all disciplines at SDX share the costs of running a busy store and showcase their unique work commission-free, making art more affordable to the artist and more accessible to the wider public.
The new kid on the block in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, The Method is a lovely space that puts physical and mental wellbeing at the forefront. The brother and sister team have pulled together a beautifully crafted and designed range of products which are natural and full of active ingredients, and downstairs, the intimate treatment space offers privacy and meditative rest, where the team uses the products they love so much.