scottish designer louise buchan grew up in longside a small village in the north east of scotland.
she graduated from art school in scotland with an honours degree in textile and surface design. after specialising in print and constructed textiles Louise found that she had a strong talent for making.
six month after graduating she accepted the position of textile and product designer in a textile company in south india. louise was involved in all processes of design form the initial idea stage right through to putting the design into production. she lived in south india for one year.
after gaining this experience louise was invited back to her university to teach the first to third year textile students for the next six months.
in the summer of 2006 louise moved to london and work as a freelance sample designer, here she met and started working for a textile and product designer.
by the end of 2007 louise had began designing for herself, working on a collection of bags, purses and jewellery that are heavily influences by her love of tea sets and an interest in WW2. bags have taken on the shape of parachutes with heavy stitching and unusual decoration.
in 2008 louise won the ‘best gift for her’ award at top drawer autumn, picked out by geraldene james buyer at selfridges london.
"each piece from louise’s collection has its own identity, whether it is embellished with silver spoons or decorated with a china horse. You won’t be bumping into the same handbag coming down street".
louise’s aim is to design and make her own work using unusual sources of inspiration coupled with processes that can be found within the uk.
the current range is made from recycled leather and hand printed cotton. it is very important to louise to use local manufacturers during production and utilise skills that are specific to her training. this gives louise’s brand a very particular feel in the market place that is instantly recognisable above other designers and products.