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Judy R Clark

Award winning designer Judy R Clark is famed for her exquisite hand tailored womenswear designs comprising of Harris Tweeds, Scottish lace and antique fabrics. Her work has travelled the globe showcasing in Japan, Italy, Russia, London, New York, Chicago and numerous platforms around the UK.

Previously working for the late Alexander McQueen, Judy set up her own business when she returned to Scotland creating bespoke ranges. Working on specially commissioned pieces with the likes of Emeli Sandé, Levis and Ford, Judy is one of Scotland’s highly acclaimed designers.

When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is...

...its architecture and cobbled streets. Victoria Street is beautiful with its colourful painted buildings, it always cheers me up. I love to go down Stockbridge too, it feels really old-worldy with the Victorian buildings and roads. I often feel transported back in time when I’m there.

When I have friends or family visiting, I love to take them to The Real Mary King's Close for a tour around underground labyrinth beneath the Royal Mile. It’s all a little bit mysterious and haunting with tales, myths and urban legends. It always goes down well.

What makes you particularly proud to come live in the city?

Its diversity in culture, beautiful buildings and the creative people I’ve met while living here. There are some fabulously talented individuals who are living in or are from Edinburgh such as artist John Byrne - my sister and I went to one of his talks at the arts venue in Summerhall which was massively inspiring.  

If I need some inspiration, the place I always visit is…?

If I need some inspiration for my own fashion designs, a tour of the city’s wide range of vintage and charity shops a great place to start.  The Grassmarket and West Port have some great little stores, as does Stockbridge – Barnardos has an unrivalled selection of vintage clothes through the back of the shop. You’re guaranteed to always find a gem in there, especially amongst their range of vintage pea coats. The city’s wide range of galleries always help stimulate fresh ideas too, the Dovecot’s Tapestry Studio has some great textile exhibitions throughout the year.    

When I’m home in Edinburgh my must visit shops are...

Edinburgh is a fantastic shopping destination. If I was to recommend one place in the whole city for everyone to visit it would have to be Armstrong’s in the Grassmarket. It’s Britain’s largest vintage emporium and has a massive mix of electric vintage and retro clothing. You could spend a whole day in the store, it’s a really fun place to visit. I love Jane Davidson on Thistle Street – it’s one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets! The store showcases international fashion brands – many exclusively in Scotland. There are four floors of temptation with some of my favourite brands such as Issa, Temperley, J Brand and Matthew Williamson residing.

For the high street, it’s got to be Anthropologie on George Street. It’s the brand’s only Scottish store and packed with a curated mix of clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor.

My earliest memory of Edinburgh is…

My earliest memory of Edinburgh is getting a bus tour round the city as a wee girl, hat and scarf firmly attached! I thought the Castle was incredibly impressive and dramatic!

For food, I never tire of Ecco Vino on Cockburn Street. It’s always top of the list for a great glass of wine and bowl of fresh pasta. My current favourite restaurant in the city-centre is Thai restaurant Chaophraya; the duck salad is delicious and the view of Edinburgh Castle from its stunning rooftop location on Castle Street is fabulous.