Spending the minimum to wear an outfit a couple of times VS spending a little more to wear an outfit for many times to come? I will fully admit I am a consumer of fast fashion… sometimes it’s just too easy to order online and have it with you in 24 hours for a very student friendly price, but at the same time spending £30 on an outfit that you will only wear twice before it falls apart maybe isn’t that great a saving after all… I mean clothes are made to be worn more than once right? Not only can it be a false saving at times, fast fashion is also not too kind to our ever so precious environment and this is an issue that inspired sisters Lucy & Kitty Pressland to create not only an affordable clothing brand, but also a sustainable one with clothes that can be styled more than once.
Studio Five is a fashion and textiles brand based in Edinburgh that prides itself on unique, stylish and sustainable fashion and interior products. Founded in October 2016, Studio Five want to build a brand that expresses their creativity freely and contributes to the slow fashion movement that they are both so passionate about.
Both sisters graduated in 2016 with honour degrees in Fashion and Textiles from Heriot Watt and Robert Gordon University. During their studies they became very interested in environmental issues in the textiles industry and started researching ways of changing people’s perspectives on sustainable fashion.
The brands inspiration is drawn from the natural world and their line combines illustration, photography and painting to form a collection of genderless, organic cotton tees as well as hand made organic cotton cushions, makeup bags, stickers badges and postcards. Their street-style t-shirts are fun, bold and above all: affordable. They believe everyone should experience the benefits of sustainability and hope to make sustainable fashion more inclusive by making their products reasonably priced.
Within the first year of business the brand has taken part in several events that celebrate sustainability, ethics and diversity in fashion, such as ‘Fashion Revolution Week’ hosted by Colour Elements and ‘fashionABLE’ hosted by LocalMotive Markets. Studio Five has loved becoming a part of the ethical fashion industry through these events, as they allow new and established members of the industry to come together and talk, learn and celebrate ethical fashion.
The sisters released their 2nd collection ‘Wilderness’ in September 2017. They were able to expand on their product range and explore new options as they successfully ran a crowd funding campaign for this collection through Indiegogo. This collection uses autumnal colours and explores the wildlife you would find up in the mountains. They have also released a collaboration collection with knitwear designer Joanna O’Brien who is a graduate resident at Grey’s School of Art in Aberdeen. Studio Five collaborated to create a limited edition collection of knitted scarves made from 100% Scottish Lamb’s wool and produced in Aberdeen. Each scarf is completely unique and perfect for the cold months ahead.
Currently their products can be found on their website and at The Scottish Design Exchange in Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh. They have several markets coming up on the build up to Christmas including the I.D Pop-up Store at the Lighthouse, Glasgow that hopes to be an amazing couple of weekends. Studio Five’s next step is to create a ‘custom’ page on their website where customers can choose any of their prints to be digitally printed and made into jumpers, t-shirts or scarves.
Studio Five aims for all their products to be 100% sustainable and hopes to grow to be a brand that people recognise for their unique designs, great quality and hand made products.
Home grown fashion with a purpose, we love it!
Catch the girls in Glasgow & Edinburgh:
-December 2-3rd and December 16-17th; The I.D Pop-up Store at The Lighthouse, Glasgow
-December 10th; The Flea and Food Market, Edinburgh
Check out more from Studio 5:
Photography by; Ryan Kay and Katherine Harris
Knitted Scarves; Joanna O’Brien
Models; Robyn Spence, Holly Wheelaghan Duff, Jordon Turner and Ellie Turner
Jewellery; Ruth Lesley
Styled by; Studio Five