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On Edinburgh Style

Author Sara Lieberman Photography Igor Termenon


Just because Amy Buchanan is a Scottish textile maker, it doesn’t mean her favorite pattern is tartan. “I just can’t resist a polka dot!” says the 24-year-old. Here, the creative director of her own textile design firm, BertyB, and retail manager of local brand Scaramanga schools us on Scottish style, from practical to playful.  

How do you describe your style?

I never lost my childlike love of pretty dresses and colorful shoes, so I would describe my style as “relaxed dressy.”

And Edinburgh itself?

It’s a stone’s throw from the beach and the countryside, and this shows in our laid-back, country-chic fashion. We favor heeled boots over six-inch heels. There has been a return to heritage fabrics such as tweed, and we love classic tailoring. Also, because of the changeable weather, we love to layer year-round.

Where do you love to shop?

Miss Katie Cupcake, a tiny shop full of antique trinkets and handmade jewelry. I love the pieces she makes out of broken china and postage stamps set in silver. And W. Armstrong & Son is one of Edinburgh’s oldest vintage emporiums. It’s a sight to behold—stacked to the rafters and as far as the eye can see with collectible vintage clothing delights.

Tell us about today's ensemble.

It was quite a wintry day, so I wanted a cozy look that was casual yet colorful. I teamed my cobalt Brora coat with a Brora Scottish cashmere cardigan to match my floral silk head scarf, which I screenprinted myself. The scarf is by Edinburgh knitwear designer Winston. Finally, my shoes are from one of my favorite designers, Orla Kiely. The chunky heel makes them really practical for walking on Edinburgh’s cobbled streets!

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