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T-shirts depicting Willie Miller as Che Guevara, and the mullet of Partick Thistle’s Scott Paterson, have probably been Aberdeen's biggest contributions to fashion in recent years. Casseus Cartel’s new spring/summer range, however, easily tops the above to become the most notable fashion export of the granite city - selling as far as Japan, and very soon New York.

Now into its third season, Casseus Cartel is the baby of three Aberdonians - Jamie Erridge, Scott Forrest and Richard Hyland - who met via a common love of drinking and music. They established the label in response to mass designer clothing and branded sportswear. The trio shun current trends and tones, describing their clothes as ‘non-fashion‘. As Scott Forrest explains: ‘People walk down the street with their big Calvin Klein branded jumpers - armies of them - then you get all your neds in their jumped-up sportswear. We’re trying to create something a bit different.‘

The new spring/summer collection offers sweatshirts and T-shirts with striking punky graphics, alongside smart, stylish shirts, trousers, light jackets, and ‘pre-fucked up jeans’. Being based in Aberdeen also helps them to produce fresh ideas. ‘Living outside London provides us with cheaper rents, cleaner air and hills to roam in,’ says Forrest. “Furthermore it distances us from the whole blinkered fashion scene and ass- licking that exists in London.‘

Meanwhile, ladies can look forward to next year, when the trio plan to launch a range of women’s wear. (Carolyn Aiken) I Casseus Cartel If; stocked by Tr'rl)a/'./1.'rrkr. V/l/SO/l Street. (Slasuozzz 07-17 5:32 7078.

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I GREAT NEWS FOR European law was introduced at the end of March that affects the Sale of Goods Act. Where once the consumer had to prove that products were faulty at the time of sale, the onus is now on retailers to prove that items were not faulty at that point. That means that the consumer has greater power to seek repair, replacement or partial/full refund on goods that were faulty at purchase. This doesn’t apply to wear and tear of goods, and there are time limits in place, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. For more information on the new law, visit www.tradingstandard

I THE GLASGOW Alil Fair returns to George Square from lhti l()~Sun ‘23 Apr. lhe eighth annual lair brings together the work of :30 galleries across the city. the UK and Europe. Prices for artwork ranges wrr‘lely and it's a good chance to pick up an original piece. For more information call 0141 1353 1937. and see prevrew in Art.

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turn of the keyboard. Gadget website www.iwantoneofthose .com has introduced the world's first wireless PDA keyboard. According to the gadget know- alls, when it comes to typing, the palm-held computers are ‘about as much use as a bicycle to a dog’. The wire-free design is pocket-sized, runs on


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I TORRENTE IS SET to launch a new perfume mid-May. The eau de toilette

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I THE PASSPORT cosmetics hrand WI” launch in Scotland this month Already well established in london, the makeup range Will be stocked in selected Debenhams (including East Kilbride). Products include translucent lip colOurs. eye shadows and bronzer. Each item is packed in a funky transparent sachet. reflecting its dynamic image. Go to wwwpassponcosmeti cscom for more information.

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