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Gordon Millar

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Gordon Millar is the founder of popular online fashion community Scot Street Style. This is Edinburgh caught up with the style icon to find out his thoughts of the fashion scene in Edinburgh and what makes him so proud to live in the city.

Tell us about yourself and what you do?

I'm G, full time nurse and leader of the Scot Street Style global community.

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

Historic heart of Scotland

Can you tell us about your social networking sensation Scot Street Style, and what inspired you to start it?

We are an Edinburgh origin story, going back to the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama here in June 2012. I was his social media officer and my friend, Victor Spence the visit co-ordinator, presented His Holiness with the first World Peace Tartan scarf. Victor and I travelled to New York City the following April, where the World Peace Tartan became the big story of Tartan Week.

While walking down 5th Ave with my partner Louise, a pleasant older gentleman asked to take our photo. It was only when this image appeared in the New York Times that we realised the photographer was street style legend Bill Cunningham. At the same time Instagram was just taking off, and I launched Scot Street Style when I returned to Scotland. And now, we have over 10,000 followers worldwide.

How would you describe your style?

Urban gentleman, with a penchant for classic style and a passion for Scottish textiles and innovation.

What is the one item in your closet that you couldn’t live without?

My vintage military jacket, which has become synonymous with our universal values of positivity, drive, inclusiveness and always striving onward!

What’s great about fashion in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh has a vibrant boutique culture, and a new buzz has elevated the desire to participate in self-expression and creativity since Edinburgh Fashion Week.

What is the Gathering and why should people know about it?

It’s a totally informal get together of like-minded individuals, turning social media into social reality, reflecting the ever expanding horizon of diversity in Scotland, forming friendships, collaborating and having fun.

What makes you particularly proud to live in the city?

I am particularly proud of the new generation of creative talent emerging from the capital, smashing stereotypes, with a new found sense of purpose and confidence.

As a local, my favourite hidden gem is…

The Biscuit Factory in Leith.

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