We at Concrete Wardrobe would like to wish ALL our fantastic customers the best New Year ever and we look forward to seeing you all in 2012 and if anything is to go by it looks like it will be an amazing year with new ventures and exciting products waiting to be seen in Concrete Wardrobe. 

In the mean time we also want to let you know that Concrete Wardrobe will be open as normal throughout the rest of the year from 10.00 till 18.00 except on Saturday the 31st of December 2011 where we will close at about 16.00 in the afternoon to prep ourselves for the spectacular Edinburgh festivities! We hope you all have an enjoyably peaceful one!


How cool are these wee gems from Freak Carousel! We cant get enough of these beautifully crafted pieces by this Aberdeen based duo!

More new work in by Blair Sorley, Mairi Brown, Catherine Aitken and Kelly Stewart plus loads of other fantastic items by Scottish based or trained designer makers and crafts folk you just wont find on the high street!


All of what follows is a flavour of what you can expect to see in Concrete Wardrobe as part of our Christmas and New Year collections! All of these fantastic pieces are by Scottish based and trained designer makers, so making a purchase from us you will be supporting and promoting Scottish craft at its best, but to truely appreciate these amazing artisans they really do command that you  come in and see the pieces in  the flesh ... also we have numerous other Scottish makers for you to consider for that perfect Xmas gift

Be sure to look at the labels of the individual images to find out who made what and share with all your friends, colleagues and other interested parties!

Adrain Baird Ba Than - NEW IN & more available!

Blair Sorley - Loads new pieces in by these fantastic Edinburgh based leather worker.
Blair Sorley - NEW COLOUR RANGE!

Blair Sorley

Blair Sorley

Blair Sorley - Loads new pieces in by these fantastic Edinburgh based leather workers, including the beautiful new colour range "Dove Grey".

Claire Heminsley - "Auld Reekie" Print Framed and Unframed available.

Claire Heminsley - "Plockton" Print Framed and Unframed available.
Emily Hogarth - Screen Print.

Emily Hogarth - Greetings Cards and Kitchen Apron Print.

Freak Carousel jewellery - other pieces available.

Grainne Morton -Kittie Jones -Greetings Cards and Xmas Tree Decorations.intage Cabochon Earings. Others available.

Kittie Jones - Framed Screen printed print, unframed prints available.

Kittie Jones -Greetings Cards and Xmas Tree Decorations.

Claire McVinnie - Laser Cut Dog Brooch.

Claire McVinnie - Laser Cut Stag Brooch.

Claire McVinnie - Laser Cut Dog Brooch.


I'm currently lusting after this new hotty in the shop! 
Made in the UK by Seven Gauge Studios in super soft wool. It comes in a range of colours and funky striped patterns. Perfect for snuggling on the sofa with.

Those ceramic coasters by Edinburgh based Gillian Norval of Dibujo Designs are selling fast. You can mix and match your own box of 4 coasters for £14.95. They're like a bit of hot Spanish sun in your home.


We love these fantastic prints which are printed directly onto ceramic tiles, making wonderful coasters. These coaster will cheer up any coffee table and are produced by Edinburgh based Gillian Norval. You can mix and match the designs to make up your own personal favorites all of which come boxed making them an ideal gift! 

This month we have not one BUT two Makers Of The Month who also happen to be the co-owners of Concrete Wardrobe, please read and pass on the two enclosed e-flyers, both of which detail their latest product ranges. 

We look forward to seeing you and your friends in Concrete Wardrobe to few their full ranges of work, as well as all the latest quality products that have been arriving from our brilliant Scottish based and trained designer makers and crafts folk!


Concrete Wardrobe co owner in Philly!
Follow the above link and see if you recognise anyone from CW ... we do!

Fiona and James co owners of Concrete Wardrobe are back from The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and by all accounts it was a successful show for both them and the other Scottish based makers. The above link is an interview that James did with the Culture Cafe on Radio Scotland on his return, 
the interview is at 40.06.

Please share this link with all interested parties!
New work just in by Aberdeen based creation duo Freak Carousel. The pair create handmade resin jewellery and accessories with a punky edge. Felt skull brooches, leopard printed hearts in bright colours and glittery Scottie dogs are a few of my favourites. 


This month there are a whole host of new scarf designs at Concrete Wardrobe, in fabric combinations I never knew existed. Triple structured with reflective yarn, silk jersey, fringed wool voile, and my personal favourite; wool lycra buttoned mufflers. An outdoorsy take on the upcoming collar trend. Wearable for us in the northern hemisphere whos neckwear needs also to keep our necks warm.

This is a wee preview of the new whisky glasses designed by James Donald, co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe, which will be appearing this November as this months Maker of the Month. Also featured in this regular slot will be the wearable collections of new and exclusive silk screened pieces by Concrete Wardrobes other co-owner Fiona McIntosh under her label "Tessuti".

Going under his weave label "PickOne" this glass collection has been engraved by Dundee based company "White & Sharp Glass Engravers," with each piece having been designed using i-phone apps and taken from original drawings made while on research trips to the Uists and the Shetland Islands before being translated in glass. This process has also been used to translate designs into digitally printed scarves, which are also available exclusively in the UK at Concrete Wardrobe. Each glass comes ready packaged in a handsome presentation box, making it an ideal Christmas gift!

These pieces will be featured in the Concrete Wardrobe window display along side new treble cloth structured hand woven scarves made from linen, lambswool and reflective yarns which shimmer in the fading light. AMAZING!

Both Fiona and James will also be promoting this and other works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show next week along side 23 other leading Scottish based crafts folk with Edinburgh based Craftscotland.

This is a very exciting departure and one which we are very happy to promote as part of our Maker of the Month series.


New stripey Baggu shopping bags have arrived at Concrete Wardrobe today. Choose from red & white stripe, Pacer mint green & white stripe (only recogniseable by the over 30's!), Breton stripe and more. A handbag essential. Which to go for? Decisions, decisions...

Also new in is the latest edition of "Crafts" with a fantastic front cover and article featuring the ever wonderful Donna Wilson, origionally from the North East of Scotland, Donna Wilson has been a regular supplier to Concrete Wardrobe for many a year!


How fab are these publicity shots, by the wonderful Catherine Aitken!

All her pieces are made from the best Harris Tweed fabrics. 

Please let everyone know that we stock Catherines work here in Concrete Wardrobe.



Have a wee watch of this video  on Youtube at the above link and check out the co-owners of Concrete Wardrobe who will be exhibiting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in early November with Craftscotland.

Please share with all your contacts!
We have taken delivery of two new Ultimate Man Bags today. Made by hand in Edinburgh by Katherine Emtage, these bags are large enough to carry your laptop and everyday business needs, and stylish enough to serve you at weekends too. Available in charcoal and moss brown. Both feature adjustable strapping and flap, padded base, large zipped rear section, three internal pockets, three layer construction and hand printed organic cotton hemp lining. Not to mention the Harris tweed and waterproof membrane outer shell. Phew!


Printed and Woven
This November Concrete Wardrobe showcases the work of two established Edinburgh textile designer makers. Fiona McIntosh, aka. Tessuti and James Donald, of Pickone.
The co-owners of Concrete Wardrobe will be debuting work simultaneously in Edinburgh at Concrete Wardrobe, and the US, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Design Craft Show. Tessuti introduce their new A/W colour range; ochre, terracotta, forest green and charcoal, and a new scarf, the Silk Slinky, a hand dyed and hand printed accessory using luxurious silk jersey. McIntosh describes the exhibition at Concrete Wardrobe as “an ideal opportunity to test the water with new design ideas and gain invaluable feedback from customers.” The Tessuti label continues to be inspired by the iconic and vibrant patterns of the 1950’s and 60’s.

 Since the acquisition of a Creative Development Award 18 months ago, Pickone has been developing work and expanding the Pickone label. It now includes decorative ceramics, stationery and badge pieces, alongside a new range of distinctive hand woven lambswool and linen treble structured scarves. 

Donald’s inspiration stems from a road trip around the Uists and Shetland, and the evocative dawn landscapes of these magical islands. He has also been experimenting with modern technologies where possible, including iPhone apps. A method he terms ‘Craft Hacking’. Donald enthuses, “I am really excited to see these collections being launched after what feels like an eternity in development. None of this would have happened without the help of the award.”

The Tessuti and Pickone collections will be on sale at Concrete Wardrobe from 1st to 30th November 2011.



Much excitement here at Concrete Wardrobe! 

Above is the link to a book written by Frances Stevenson and Josephine Steed which features the work of James Donald, one of the co-owners of Concrete Wardrobe.

The book is available to buy on pre order from Amazon at the above link!
Some images from our on going Makers of the Month, Roobedo and our very own Katherine Emtage.

Each of these incredible talented artists use the beautiful and versitle Hebridean fabric, Harris Tweed in completely different ways, each complimenting the other.

It's fantastic to have Roobedo being represented by Concrete Wardrobe again as we love having these functional pieces as part of our collection. 

Please feel free to pass this information on to all interested parties.

New collections are being added to all the time so it is always an idea to pop in on a regular, irregular basis!

Come in today and be inspired!