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Three of a kind
Why fashion collective Never the Same Twice is brimming with one-off wonders. Words: Maureen Ellis
he efforts of fashion collective Never the Same Twice
positively thwart the myth that gap years aren't
productive. While travelling in Asia, Forres-born friends Joanne Yeadon and Francesca Pollock fell in love with the materials and colours of the countries they visited and set about conceptualising their own company. In June they teamed up with product design engineer Morven Shearlaw, who operates design company fearsomENGlNE. and Never the Same Twice was born one month later.
Operating from a small studio space in Glasgow‘s West End. the trio are amazed at just how quickly the operation has snowballed. ‘A lot of our friends are quite creative.‘ says accessories designer Yeadon. ‘And they thought it was brilliant what we‘re doing and they were really surprised at how quickly we’ve managed to get it together.‘
Yeadon’s woven and embroidered bags and scarves are complemented by the vintage-inspired pieces of Pollock‘s high fashion designs. Both use bold colours and interesting fabrics, and all the pieces made are one-off, hand-crafted designs. While Shearlaw’s designs may seem more
technically-driven — drawing on prototyping techniques and utilising materials such as switchboards and plastic ties — she incorporates vintage fabrics into the pieces.
Given that all items are unique. the price tags are reasonable — ranging from £10 to £70. Anyone can make an appointment to view the collections. and the trio also offer a bespoke service to customers. Everyone who wouldn't mind a nosey around the studio can head along to this month's open weekend. There may even be a small tipple on offer for browsers.
Naturally. the three young graduates are excited about the potential the venture holds. ‘lt's brilliant working in a team and pushing each other forward but keeping our individuality] says Yeadon. ‘We hope to expand and get bigger premises and maybe even get a bigger studio. We just want to generate an energetic. young range ofclothing.‘
fearsomENGlNE, Attic Studio, 1 129 Argyle Street,
Glasgow, 0141 564 3530, www.fearsomengine.com
Open weekend Sat 8 & Sun 9 Nov, 2-10pm.
LUPE GO LIGHTLY
Quality to go loopy over
Glasgow isn’t short of trendy boutiques. Lupe Go Lightly, however, stands out when compared with the DeCourcy’s Arcade set. For starters, there’s no kitsch printed bags.
Established in June this year by Jay McLean and her mother Lee McLean, Lupe Go Lightly offers a mix of extremely stylish products including fashion accessories, T- shirts, framed prints and lamps, and only stocks a few of each item.
Jay’s hand-made Psycho Bunniez cushions are among the shop’s most popular products, along with Jay’s cabinets, which are painted with iconic images of stars like Audrey Hepburn and Jim Morrison.
There’s a small range of T-shirts from CX London and women’s tops by local designer, Hepburn. Lupe stocks products made by students at Glasgow School of Art and Jay encourages local designers to visit the shop with samples. You can also get your mitts on Pete Fowler’s World of Monsters, a small range of highly desirable Tatty Devine jewellery and paintings by London-based artist Jules Mann.
Lupe Go Lightly is full of alluring, eye-catching stuff. With Christmas looming, it’s just the place to buy some rare and unusual gifts.
I 520 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 0747 334 6003.
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