Scottish fashion in vogue as industry toasts achievements

Scotland punches above its weight in the worldwide fashion marketplace, says Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

Scotland is performing well in an industry which is worth £28bn to the UK economy. Picture Robert Perry/TSPL
Scotland is performing well in an industry which is worth £28bn to the UK economy. Picture Robert Perry/TSPL

Mr Mundell was chosen to co-host the Scottish Fashion Awards in London on Friday with event founder Tessa Hartmann, and the Scottish Secretary was keen to highlight the industry’s economic importance.

He said: “Fashion is of huge importance to our country, contributing £28 billion to the UK economy and supporting nearly 900,000 jobs. The fashion industry is a global leader in trade, creativity and innovation, and the value of the UK’s textiles and apparel exports is well over £7 billion.

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“These awards illustrate that Scotland punches above its weight in the global fashion market place, and that’s something that I am delighted to be a part of.”

Ms Hartmann established the awards 11 years ago to showcase Scottish talent in fashion, innovation and textile design.

Fashion is a hugely-profitable enterprise in Scotland. Over £756 million is generated each year by Scotland’s fashion and textiles every year, with exports going to more than 150 countries worldwide.

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