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.

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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!


Love love love these pieces by Canadian born and Edinburgh based ceramicist Chris Donnelly and judging by your reaction so do you!

We love the Japanese inspired motifs that float over these beautifully functional, tactile pieces.

It's been a busy old week in Concrete Wardrobe with co-owners James and Fiona visiting "Origin" at the begining of last week to view and take some orders from existing suppliers, some of which has arrived already (Katie Mawson and Annie Neill .... ) 

The begining of October has also seen the new window installation of our featured Makers of the Month, our very own Katherine Emtage and Pitlochry based Roobedo, so if you are in the area please come in and check that out as they offer a new twist on the classic Hebridean fabric Harris Tweed. More images to be blogged later in the week, so watch out for them.

You can keep up to date on our other activities via our Face Book page Concrete Wardrobe or our twitter account @concretewardrob ... and no this isn't a typo!