You can make the best accessories based on the fabrics at your doorstep and this was exemplified by the Strathberry luxury brand. Chinese factories pump out thousands of metres of cheap tweed every day and with heart sinking at every roll, Clare Robertson had to decide what to do with it all.
Due to this, she and her business partner, Guy Hundleby, started the luxury brand, which is based in Scotland. She said that she was out in the Far East for some time, and went to several factories that produced tweed. This is a Scottish fabric and she was dismayed to see the tweed rolls in China. She decided to make some that were uniquely made in Scotland.
Strathberry was therefore born a year ago and its first unique store was opened in Grassmarket, Edinburgh last month. Getting tweed from a mill in Peeblesshire, She was able to design smooth linen/silk mix tweeds in palettes of 5 colours.
The vibrant red, blue and white Tantallon was designed for women, and the idea for this came from the red sandstone of the East Lothian, Tantallon Castle; The pop of mustard and granite leather trim was inspired by the Scottish flower in Harebell. Robertson said that when you go out on a cloudy day, you will see the gray and these are the inspiration.
She said that her grandmother inspired the Sweet Brandy as this was her favourite drink. For men, she designed a Portmore in mustard and blue, and the yellows and blues of Silverbirch.
The leather that is used is English bridle leather, which is very-smooth and exquisite. The pieces are hand finished and each bag can take 12 hours to complete. This is the reason why the bags go for prices of between £400 and £1,500. A golf bag in this range goes for £4,000. They will sell the items at Massimo Bizzochi, which is found in the Meatpacking District.