It All Started With A Bee

Bees have always fascinated us, how they work together, the fact that the Queen is boss and of course the honey combs that they produce. The Queen bee illustration has personal connotations to us as they show strength, determination and resilience, which is how we view our mother and grandmothers, and was how Leanne felt at the time of drawing this sketch. This was therefore clear to us that it was to be the symbol of the brand. 

 The Original Drawing of The Queen Bee From Leanne's Sketch Book

 The Original Drawing of The Queen Bee From Leanne's Sketch Book

These small beautiful, creative creatures are also a very important component to our ecosystem. Albert Einstein was quoted as saying "if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live".  

This is also how we see the Scottish textile industry, which produces beautiful wool garments for some of the most recognisable and luxurious brands in the fashion industry. Sometimes small things can underpin the larger picture. 

Subsequently the Queen is the focus of our debut collection, with our show stopping burnt orange printed silk scarf

Remembering McQueen



We are remembering McQueen today, as it is the 5th anniversary of his death. He has been a great inspiration and influence to both of us in more ways than one. His daring catwalk shows and use of materials were just a few of the things that marked him as one of the greatest designers of our time. He brought art back to fashion; it was darkly beautiful. 

He was also inspirational in his determination to succeed, and would not take being told ‘No’ lying down. Proving that no dream is too big, and that with a lot of hard work and focus you can achieve anything you want. 

We also felt a great connection with him due to his undeniable pride in his Scottish heritage (on his father’s side). His final resting place shows his heart belonged to Scotland; choosing to be buried on the Isle of Skye, where his father’s ancestors are said to have originated. 

McQueen is still greatly missed and will forever be an icon of fashion. We hope he is finally at peace.