The SC&Co Heritage LUXE Project

  • By Stewart Christie
  • 21 Jun, 2016
The first year HND students from the Heritage LUXE project at Edinburgh College were offered a challenge: To make a waistcoat (ladies or gentleman's) for Scotland's oldest bespoke tailors, Stewart Christie & Co. This was the first time the students had made a garment start to finish and much thought, time and effort obviously went into each design. The brief required something that was unique but still represented the classic elegance of the Stewart Christie brand.

Two prizes were awarded, one for men's waistcoat design and one for women's waistcoat design. The winners will see their garment sold as part of the Stewart Christie collection within the historic Queen Street store and as part of the online collection too. First, each winner will learn from master tailors in the Stewart Christie atelier about the process of finishing a garment to a high, ready-to-wear standard, an amazing opportunity for a budding designer and maker. This is also a wonderful beginning for our winners, to what will hopefully be an illustrious career in fashion design and tailoring.

Two winners were chosen after long deliberation taking into account design, construction, and attention to brand identity.


Maria Janowczyk  and   Emily Garden

Both winners made exceptional pieces that were modern, yet still had the classic elegance that Stewart Christie & Co. are known for. The judges were very impressed by the overall standard of the design and fabrication of the pieces.

The Men's Waistcoat: Winner Maria Janowczyk
The Ladies Waistcoat; Winner Emily Garden

 We would also like to give an honourable mention to the runners-up

3. Robbie Bomford  4. Jonathan MacKinnon  5. Sandra Macijauskaite

The competition was judged by a panel consisting of five industry leaders: the creative director of Stewart Christie,   Vixy Rae ; the face and soul of the blog   Scot Street Style ,   Gordon Millar ; the beautiful model and blogger, Miss   Kelly Bakewell ; our friend and photographer Laura Meek , Plus the renowned corsetier,   Mr. Pearl ; and the blogger and photographer, Nicholas Policarpo .


Photography by Nick Policarpo

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Name? Ian Rankin

Profession? Novelist

Do you usually complete your work and then get it published or have you got some novels that you’ve secretly shelved that you may finally release at a later date?

I've only got one unpublished novel - my very first. Unlikely ever to see the light of day. It was a not very funny comedy set in a Highland hotel. There is one novel, Westwind, which was published, but I was unhappy with. I've never allowed it to be reissued. 

Very interested to know what you are currently working on that we may look forward to?
This is a sabbatical year. I am tinkering and pottering, but not doing a novel. A few short stories, meetings about film and TV. Travelling to festivals far and wide to promote Inspector Rebus' 30th anniversary.

It’s incredible that Rebus has been translated into 22 different languages, have you ever read them in other languages? We understand you resided in France for a while. It must be quite a strange feeling to see them in French, not that you would read it, but is there anything that would make you read any of your novels again once you've written them?

Translated into 35 languages - I need to update the information available online! I lived in France for six years but it wasn't translated into French until after I'd moved back to the UK, which was a bit annoying. I only ever reread my novels when asked by my publisher to provide the introduction to some new edition. 

Where do you find your inspiration in Edinburgh for such crime stories? Do you have a few "favourite haunts" you like to go to and write, or are you one of those writers who is constantly inspired throughout the day, like Alexander McCall Smith, who is forever writing?

I write seldom. I'm certainly no McCall Smith. The man is a machine. I hang out in pubs, especially the Oxford Bar. I eavesdrop on conversations. I go for drinks with retired cops. I am also a news junkie, and often get ideas from newspaper reports and such like.

We know you have a great passion for music. In a recent interview with Tim Burgess at the book festival, we experienced your immense knowledge of artists and albums, it was an interesting talk. Would you host or partake in more of them this year?

Like most crime writers, I am a frustrated rock star. Putting so much music in my books has led me to form friendships with a host of musicians, which is a lovely bonus. I will be interviewing at least one musician at this year's festival - but it's under wraps at the moment.

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