Updated: Jan 27, 2019
I came a little late to the Super Market party, attending my first one in August 2018, and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.
Super Market was held twice monthly in The Argyle Street Arches and it's aim was to give the people of Glasgow a space to enjoy and buy from Independent retailers on a regular basis, items they wouldn’t usually find on the high street.
And with over 50 stalls the events were one of the biggest monthly markets in the city with traders showcasing Vintage, Antiques, Art, Menswear, Womenswear, Childrens Clothes & Toys, Plants & Flowers, Design, Fresh Produce & Food, Jewellery, Beauty Products and Homeware all alongside Scotlands best street food & drink courtesy of the Street Food Traders at Platform.
There are loads of things I could say about Super Market, like how brilliantly organised it was by the founder, Kelly Conway. Or how it was an amazing way for me to connect with potential new customers. Or how it gave me the motivation to push ahead with the new business. Or even how the carefully curated soundtrack perfectly suited the environment. But for me the very best thing about all of the markets was meeting the other independent makers and traders, many of whom I'm now lucky enough to call my friends.
Their creativity and the passion they have for it is an inspiration. One of my favourite moments of the market was just after setting up and before the customers came when I could wander round and see all the amazing clothes, jewellery, candles, gifts, food, art, plants and so much more that this truly talented group of people had designed, created and made.
My admiration for their diverse range of talents is matched only by that for their dedication to pursing their dreams and ambitions and the sacrifices they make in order to do so. I'm not going to go on and on about how hard it is to go it alone, what it costs in time and money, the hurdles and questions we have all faced. Instead I'm just going to show you some of these amazing people, what they do, and why I love them.
Little Wild Things is about bringing a bit of greenery to your home by creating unique indoor plant displays. We currently operate from a studio in the west end of Glasgow where we enjoy making Kokedamas, Terrariums, and other indoor plant related items. Our items are available for sale, and can be made to order - just message us. We can deliver to all Glasgow postcodes.
NMARRA designs make a statement. In these bold brass earrings shape and visual balance have been explored to create unique accessories that draw the eye.
Moxie is vintage one-offs and pre-loved fashion. Sequins and sassy pieces, size 6-16. Every purchase supports charity.
Text From A Friend started when art director Sharon was amused by the text messages some of her friends sent me. She scribbled their quips, posted them on social media. And then began the requests to turn them into cards and prints. The cards are initially hand drawn and made using only the poshest of paper and a traditional printing technique with a hot foil press to create fine pieces of (sometimes) anti-social media.
Central St Martins Graduate, Euan McWhirter began his career designing for jewellery legends Erickson Beamon. After gaining years of valuable industry experience, travelling as a freelance designer, Euan embarked upon creating his own vision of luxury, launching his eponymous collection in 2010. Celebrated for his heady mix of old world glamour and rock ‘n’ roll edginess, Euan’s award-winning designs are now gaining attention internationally.
Etchrail Apparel is a brand which believes in the hand crafted and attention to detail. All our T-shirts are created in a humane environment ensuring the best quality of fit and feel. Our designs are printed by hand with non-toxic water-based ink. We are a brand that started off with a wee idea and a love for sketching.
Sugarsnap is an Artisan Chocolate and Confectionery Company started by Annette Smith, a chocolatier with a good palate for flavour and quality. All products are handcrafted using high quality ingredients with no added unnecessary sugar. We like to champion local products to infuse in our ganaches and confectionery as well as using products that honour Annette's Welsh roots or just products that we just love.
We Love Shapes founder and award-winning fashion designer, Jamie Bruski Tetsill set out to create a fun and modernistic alternative to typical baby and children’s fashion that encourages kids to be creative and inquisitive. Designing collections, sized from 0-14, which aim to enhance creativity, learning and a sense of style into your kid.
The Dispensary Bar is based in Glasgow and is a mobile cocktail bar available for any events. Specialists in homemade liqueurs/syrups and bitters to ensure fresh, high quality cocktails.
We Are 1 of 100 produce strictly limited edition t-shirts, individually numbered like wearable artwork.
Barbra Kolasinski is a luxury Scottish womenswear brand focusing on contemporary, confident clothing and accessories that reflect the playful nature of a diverse range of fabrics. Barbra's love of colour and texture illustrates how faux fur, sheepskin don’t need to conform to the seasons – and can be worn at any time of the year.
Aillie Anderson is a Silversmith and Jeweller who graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, Silversmithing and Jewellery BA(Hons) with distinction in 2017. Aillie’s work draws inspiration from the built environment around Glasgow, particularly the modern architecture and industrial structures of the city aiming to explore her appreciation of these overlooked details within the urban setting. Through her work she intends to explore the relationship between the physical scale of these existing structures, by reinterpreting them into visually stimulating, silverware and adornment.
Loopy Lally was founded by printed textile designer Chloe Wright. Taking inspiration from landmarks, architecture and cityscapes that we see in everyday life but may not appreciate or notice them and she turns them on their head injecting colour everywhere in an energetic abstract way. Everything is designed from her studio in Paisley just outside Glasgow, Scotland and manufactured in the UK.
LaB6 started as a chance experiment and has grown into a passion. Our utilitarian glassware is more than a cursory nod to our science background. The beakers are laboratory grade borosilicate glass and therefore, practical, enduring and re-usable for your own inventive experiments. With a decades worth of experience working in clinical labs our approach at Lab6 is simple. We combine vigorous testing with blending the most uplifting and provocative scents from nature in pursuit of creating beautiful fragrances for your home. The ambience of a room can be transformed and the memory instantly transported in time with the slightest hint of a scent.