The Story Behind the Name
Have you ever wondered where the name “Candy Coated” came from? Well, during my time at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, where I studied Constructed Textiles, I used to love getting my hands on the latest issue of Vogue magazine. The crisp pages, the smell of the print, and the anticipation of discovering what was inside was always exciting.
In one particular issue, I came across the most exciting fashion spread I had ever seen. The models were jumping up, twirling around, smiling, and wearing bright, vibrant clothes and accessories. The title of the spread was “Candy Coated”. These images never left me. If I ever had the opportunity to have my work featured in Vogue, this is how I would like it to be represented.
After I left University and started my business, I couldn't get those two words out of my head. And so, Candy Coated was born.
More About Me
After finishing my degree in Constructed Textiles in 2003, I founded my business to continue to use the textile design skills I had developed. While running my business part-time, I also worked full-time as a woven accessory designer at Johnstons of Elgin cashmere mill, gaining valuable professional experience. Over the next seven years, I worked with high-end clients such as Hugo Boss in Germany and Gant in Sweden, and was stationed in the London office for a little over a year, where I collaborated with brands like Paul Smith, Ted Baker, and Donna Wilson. Although I enjoyed my time at Johnstons, I eventually sought a change in pace and became the merchandise buyer and designer for BrewDog Brewery, where I designed and purchased a variety of items such as T-shirts, hoodies, beanies, key rings, and glassware.
The contrast between the traditional working environment at Johnstons and the fast-paced, modern business at BrewDog gave me the experience I needed to take Candy Coated to the next level. Today, I am based in Fraserburgh, a fishing town in the North East of Scotland, and I work from my small yet perfectly formed home studio where I design and develop all my products. Using my skills in knitting and sewing, I have created a diverse collection of items, from fully reversible jacquard scarves, eye-catching pom-pom beanies, and stylish twist headbands to super-snuggly hot water bottle covers - and so much more.
My main inspiration comes from geometric patterns and bright colours, a modern take on a Scottish knitwear brand, which are reflected throughout my work. The combination of modern design and traditional techniques perfectly complements each other and creates an overall cohesive collection.