The creators of handbags for the uber-famous, Edinburgh-based company talk us through the processes and influences behind their beautiful capsule collection of silk scarves.

We were delighted to work with Strathberry in creating this stunning capsule collection of digitally printed silk scarves. The designs were created in collaboration with the talented textile students at the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh and have just been released.

What is the design story behind Strathberry?

Strathberry is an Edinburgh-based and internationally known brand founded by husband and wife team Guy and Leeanne Hundleby in 2013. They specialise in luxury leather goods, particularly handbags. Their creations are handcrafted in Spain using the finest quality Spanish leathers and finishes and the handbags are known for their instantly recognisable bar closure and minimalist design aesthetic. Strathberry’s elegant lines and exceptional attention to detail have led to a global following that includes the likes of Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, and many more.

Why did such a famous brand give textile students the chance to design scarves for them?

Strathberry is passionate about supporting young people and the creative industries in Scotland, so they approached Edinburgh College of Art, part of Edinburgh University, with the idea of a design competition. The brief was to celebrate Scottish architecture, cities, and landscapes. The response and level of creativity and talent from the textile students were fantastic and Strathberry chose two winning students, Grace Joyram and Hope Connachan- Holmes, who really captured the essence of Edinburgh, while perfectly complementing the aesthetic of the Scottish brand. Leeanne Hundleby, Strathberry co-founder says, “Working with Edinburgh College of Art on this very special project has been a wonderful experience. As a Scottish brand, we’re very proud to support our flourishing creative industries and connecting with young talents in our country. This felt like the perfect opportunity to connect with our local community on a new level and take an active role in endorsing education, art, and design in our hometown. We’re very passionate about helping young people in Scotland take their first step on the career ladder, especially in light of the difficulties brought by the pandemic in the past year, and we’re excited to showcase their amazing work internationally”.

What is depicted in the silk scarf collection?

The students were inspired by Edinburgh’s picturesque landmarks and its surrounding countryside. Their work was beautifully hand-drawn and then digitally developed at Forest Digital to bring this exclusive capsule collection to life on premium quality silks. Playful and defined by a striking and bold colour palette, the three prints are an ode to Scottish creativity and show a unique stylised version of Scotland and its capital, which is both contemporary and fashion-forward.

Why silk neck scarves?

The Silk Neck Scarf is perfect for adding a touch of personality to any look. Crafted from pure silk to a slender form with a fluid drape, this versatile piece can be worn around the neck, in the hair, or around the handle of a handbag.

Are there any future plans for more silk scarves?

Strathberry was so thrilled with the outcome of the project, that they commissioned one of the winning students, Grace Joyram, to produce another print design. This time the design is inspired by London’s iconic Covent Garden. The scarf will be released to mark the opening of Strathberry’s new flagship store in Covent Garden this August and will only be available at the new boutique. It was wonderful for Forest Digital to be involved in such a creative visionary project and we are all looking forward to working with you and your collaborators in the future! Strathberry’s limited edition Edinburgh Edition Silk Neck Scarves are £145 and are available in four colour ways here.