Scottish born designer Alice Palmer created her now London based brand after completing her Knitted Textiles degree at Glasgow Art School. Her love of making garments took her to completing a Masters degree at London's Royal College of Art. She established her brand in 2008, with her knitwear garments becoming known for pushing the boundaries with her unconventional design and production techniques. With her Spring/Summer 2012 collection exclusively launched in the Milan D&G concept store and her Spring/Summer 2011 collection being selected by John Galliano to have her own catwalk show at the Fashion Fringe in 2010, the Alice Palmer label has made a fantastic impact on the fashion industry. Alice now has extended her stockists internationally, from America and Italy to Dubai, Australia and Hong Kong. Alice Palmer now has her sights on further expansion of her successful label. It was our honour to announce Alice Palmer as Scottish Textile Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2013. We catch up with Alice on her win and what the awards mean to her..
Hi Alice. Firstly, tell us how you felt when you found out you were a Scottish Fashion Awards 2013 nominee?
I was totally over the moon! It is an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious event.
What do the awards mean to you and indeed for Scotland?
It means a lot to me, raising brand awareness and proudly identifying myself as a Scottish business is important to me. There is so much talent coming out of Scotland right now, and it is a privilege to be recognised as being amongst it.
What were you most looking forward to at this year’s awards in London?
Catching up with some old friends and celebrating their successes with them. Tessa Hartmann and her team throw a good party and it's always an event to be excited about!
Who has been your favourite SFA past winner and why?
One of my fellow nominees, Holly Fulton, who won the Young Designer of the Year, is a constant source of inspiration to me. Her clothes are so bold, colourful and exciting!
How did you celebrate?
I'd been nominated a few times before so I celebrated in style - by drinking champagne!
Visit www.alicepalmer.co.uk for more info on Alice Palmer’s textiles