The SC&Co Heritage LUXE Project

  • By Graham Thirkill
  • 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.

Congratulations

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

Stewart Christie & Co. Tales of Tailoring

By Stewart Christie 08 Jun, 2017
All garments and tailoring by Stewart Christie & Co in collaboration with Edinburgh based bridal designer, Rowanjoy.

For any special events, weddings, or the need for specialised tailoring, head to Stewart Christie for the best traditional service and expert consultation email info@stewartchristie.com

Photography: Laura Meek, http://laurameek.tumblr.com  
Models: Abigail Gliksten and Tabitha Stevens
Gowns: Rowanjoy, http://rowanjoy.co.uk  
MUAH: Mairi Gordon, http://mairigordon
Millinery: http://www.sallyannprovan.co.uk
Styling: Vixy Rae
Flowers: Kirsty Downie


By Stewart Christie 07 Jun, 2017
Francois and Nella, artists from France, friends of Stewart Christie and lovers of all things Scottish, had the dream to venture over to Skye for a timeless wedding at Dunvegan Castle. Dressed in fine tweed and tartan, of course.

From the finely crafted wedding ensembles, including a Victorian inspired bespoke gown to the immaculate and well preserved interior of the castle, the day easily alluded to what could have been experienced a few hundred years back for guests at a Lord and Lady's special day. Not to mention, the weather was particularly mild, unexpected, but happily welcomed by all, which led to a most exquisite sunset to polish off such a classic affair.

Nella wore a hand made Stewart Christie 'Inverleith' Cape, made from a beautiful soft lovat green herringbone tweed from the Scottish Borders. The Kilt Jacket and Waistcoat were tailored for Francois in a matching tweed to compliment his beautiful bride. He was proudly adorned in his Ancient Clan Farquharson Kilt and sash. The outfit was completed with a hand crafted sporan by McRostie in a chestnut bridal leather. We were proud there were a number of other guests dressed head to toe in our finely tailored tweed and tartan garments.

Following the wedding day, Francois and Nella strapped on their hiking boots along with their wedding outfits for a walk through the wooded Fairy Glen, just around the corner from Uig, for a romantic and equally magical morning, surrounded by inspiring nature to further embrace the beauty of Skye over their fairy tale wedding weekend.


By Stewart Christie 16 May, 2017

Ian was brought up in Fife, but finally settled in Edinburgh, with his wife and two sons. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he had a rather wide variety of character building jobs, such as a grape picker, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician-to name but a few. Now his immense passion and knowledge for music and writing go hand in hand. We had the great pleasure of Ian's company in the Oxford Bar for a quick pint and a catch up, after measuring him up in the store for his first Stewart Christie bespoke three-piece, in a soft grey lambswool tweed to be completed for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he will present various events in true Scottish style.


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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Actor, Emun Elliott is our latest member of the Stewart Christie Gentleman’s club

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new member to the Stewart Christie Gentleman’s club. We spent a day enjoying some quality time with the talented and charming actor, Mr. Emun Elliott.

Emun was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, his father is of Persian descent and his mother is Scottish. He spent his formative years in Duddingston and Portobello, Edinburgh and attended George Heriot's School.

After attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 2005, Mr. Elliot's career has gone from strength to strength. Perhaps you were lucky enough to have seen him performing on the stage in the critically acclaimed play Black Watch, where he played Private Fraser. You may also know Mr. Elliot from his film and television projects where an extensive list of diverse roles make for an impressive resume. You can see Emun in Game of Thrones, Prometheus, Exodus, Filth, Threesome, Paradise and Star Wars, to name but a few hits.

We enjoyed a stroll with Mr. Elliot as he wore in his new, Stewart Christie & Co. The jacket fitted for Emun is in Harris tweed jacket with patch pockets. During our walk we took the opportunity to ask a few questions.
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Dr. Niall McGuinness is lead clinician and head of the academic programme for the MClinDent / DClinDent programme in orthodontics at the Edinburgh Dental Institute.
Dr. McGuinness is not only a very dapper dentist but he is also a keen follower of Chap Magazine and the music of  Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer,  
a ‘best dressed’ champion of the Harris Tweed Ride  and a valued customer of Stewart Christie & Co.
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