Sadly, we live in a world where the value of craftsmanship has been de-valued by globalisation. Technology certainly allows us to do more things and to do them faster, but that doesn’t mean that what we are producing is any better! When Gordon Nicolson and Kairen Alexis Ruse met, it quickly became apparent that despite this environment, their businesses had been built upon the appreciation of true home grown craftmanship. Blues & Browns was established in Perth, Scotland by Kairen in 2002 with a simple philosophy “to create beautifully tailored clothes in Scotland, by women for women”.
The Wendyhouse Workshop is set in splendid isolation in the Perthshire countryside and manufactures everything from hats to intricately tailored coats in robust tweeds and wool to exquisite celebration outfits in the finest silks and velvets. Only the finest tweed and tartan cloths, woven in small factories the length and breadth of Scotland are used, so that a Blues & Browns garment is truly Tailor Made in Scotland. By combining their unique services, they want to feed peoples growing desire to understand more about the provenance of their clothing; who makes it, how it’s made and under what conditions.
This collaboration comes at a perfect time as clients, particularly within the wedding market, are getting more demanding and want a personal connection with their purchases. The teams have been working together, sharing ideas, and stories for over a year.
Blues and Browns are available at: www.bluesandbrowns.co.uk