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MEET THE MAKER || Taisir Gibreel

A celebration of colour, culture and diversity is the brand philosophy of Scottish-based designer Taisir Gibreel. Gibreel's collection of silk shell tops, kaftan dresses and scarves brings that gorgeous splash of colour and pattern to Restoration Yard’s store. We are excited to invite you along to meet her at our Meet The Makers special on November 29th. The best bit is Gibreel will not only showcase her own collection - she's a font of knowledge on every single item within the store. As our head of retail, Gibreel's the guru behind our carefully curated fashion finds, best of beauty and off-piste gifts, so while perusing her beautiful pieces you can tap into her clever brain for some smart gift suggestions for any tricksy customers on your to-shop-for list .  For a bit of background, it was after years of working in fashion retail in London, Amsterdam and Spain, Gibreel decided to embark on her degree in textile design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. She graduated specialising in print and weave and now her collections are based on original hand drawings of rural and urban Scottish landscapes. Since launching in a New York show in August 2013, each bold and beautiful piece Gibreel creates brings together her Sudanese and English heritage as well as influences of the Scottish landscape. ‘Art to Wear’ is how she sees her abstract print and weave creations. Gibreel explains: “When I sat down to design, all of these wonderful rich textures and colours appeared. Look at my Fairground Sugar Rush prints, you’ll see the little upside down boats from the Parliament, the flashes of orange could be my African roots or perhaps Irn Bru and Ben Lawers inspired the rich, beautiful and dark colours of the Silver Dew Rainbow pieces."      [caption id="attachment_7281" align="alignnone" width="600"] Designer Taisir Gibreel with a selection of her creations[/caption] MEET THE MAKERS LATE NIGHT SHOPPING AND CHARITY RAFFLE On 29th November from 6 to 8pm – We’re kicking off our Thursday late night shopping events with a special Christmas ‘Meet the Makers’ evening where you’ll get to meet some of the designers and producers behind our labels, helping you pick the best of their collections. What’s more we’ll be hosting an extra special charity raffle to help raise much-needed funds for CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland). Enter to be in with the chance to win some amazing prizes including a Chamomile Sanctuary Ultimate Indulgence Package, Afternoon Tea and Restoration Yard Hamper.