15 Jun Made in Scotland
Siobhan Mackenzie is not only unique in its design and aesthetic but also in its source of materials. Unlike many Scottish brands today, Siobhan Mackenzie is designed, constructed and sourced using Scottish materials that have been created right here in Scotland. Siobhan prides herself on using the finest Scottish textiles, Scottish design and manufacture whilst creating a holistic ‘Made in Scotland’ ethos.
It is therefore no surprise that recently, the Siobhan Mackenzie team took a trip to the Isle of Bute to visit the Bute Fabrics Factory – a Scottish mill that has supplied companies all over the world with their innovative designs and cloth- to check out some Scottish ‘homegrown’ materials. Being a brand that focuses and delights on the use of Scottish materials, we were thrilled to be invited for a personal tour of the factory.
The Bute mill are responsible for incredible projects such as the upholstery of airport chairs around the world: airports such as Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow here in Scotland. But also much further afield, such as airports in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Impressively, Bute fabric can be found in the private galleries of HRH Queen Elizabeth in both London’s Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh. Not to mention the corporate clients they hold relationships with in countries across the world. Click here to see a list of all their high profile clients.
Our exciting visit to Bute fabrics gave us insight into the intense labour process that is involved in making fabric. The attention to detail at the Bute factory is second to none and is unlikely to be found in factories abroad that are increasingly, and more commonly being used today. Shockingly, the process of darning can take up to at least 45 hours; a colossal amount of time. The time and care put into all of their creations is part of the process that make Bute fabric of such high quality and originality. If you are interested in designing your own custom fabric, click here to find out more.
The impressive colour range of bute fabrics lends itself to an array of different merchandise. Such as upholstery, throws and of course, kilts. Siobhan Mackenzie has incorporated many Bute fabrics into her kilts, using bright colours and contrasting them with tartans. Siobhan stands out from other designers today as she turns tradition on its head, whilst remaining truly Scottish in her materials and creativity. Check out the Siobhan Mackenzie gallery to see more images of how she continues to push the boundaries of fashion. Likewise, if you are looking for a one of a kind, bespoke kilt then book your consultation with Siobhan today.
The Bute family, a symbol of Scottish aristocracy, date back to the 14th century. Establishing themselves on the Isle of Bute, the family’s long history documents a dramatic rise, consisting of fortune, charity, dispute and hardship. To find out more historical information on the family, head over to the Bute family website.
As part of our visit to the Isle of Bute, the Siobhan Mackenzie team were lucky enough to visit the famous Mount Stuart. The house, home to the Bute family for more than 600 years, is now open to the public for viewing. The spectacular rooms, such as the Marble hall, horoscope room and swimming pool make this stunning piece of architecture stand out from any other house of the past and undeniably, of the present. It is no wonder that celebrities from around the globe come to Mount Stuart to get married. Indeed, the famous fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, got married in the breathtaking and divine Marble chapel; a spiritual and heavenly place of worship attached to the house. View the Mount Stuart website if you are interested in planning a luxury wedding in a top location, that has hosted some of the worlds most well known celebrity weddings.
The Siobhan Mackenzie team would like to thank James Sprint, Catherine Murray and the rest of the Bute team for organising a wonderful and memorable trip to the Isle of Bute. Also, for showing us around the factory and teaching us of the methods and techniques that make Bute Fabrics so unique.
If you are ever on the Isle of Bute be sure to check out the Bute Fabrics factory and take a visit to Mount Stuart- you won’t regret it.