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Introducing Factory 45

A New Platform for Emerging Designers and Your Place to Shop Independent in Glasgow

Supporting the makers, the artists, the tailors, entrepreneurs and risk takers, the bloggers, the creatives, the movers and shakers, Factory 45 is a social enterprise based in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Factory 45 champions and supports the work of local creatives and emerging artists.

The shop, which is hosting a launch party on 04.12.14, will stock a range of art, fashion and design as well as vintage gems to give High Street shoppers an alternative to fast fashion and mass production. The launch party will provide a chance for curious shoppers to check out the new venture, have a mince pie, and buy some truly original Christmas presents.

Factory 45’s raison d’etre is to provide young and emerging artists and designers with a platform to sell their work. In addition, designers will be supported with merchandising, window displays, events and will get the chance to network and collaborate with other designers. Bloggers and vloggers are also offered the opportunity to have their work published on Factory 45’s social media platforms.

Formerly known as the Eco-chic Boutique, Factory 45 is a social enterprise run by national community arts charity Impact Arts and delivers their aim to support more people to develop their talents within the creative industries.

Alissa Espie, Factory 45’s manager explains:

“Impact Arts originally opened the Eco-chic Boutique to give young people in Glasgow a hands-on work experience. As the shop has evolved over the last few years, we’ve decided to expand the opportunities that a High Street retail unit can offer.

“We’ve got a new name and a new social purpose. We want to support the makers, offering opportunities to local artists and designers and encouraging people to buy from people who have put their heart and soul into their work. We’ve developed a fair agreement with the designers, and all profits made will be reinvested into Impact Arts programmes helping people change their lives through creativity. It’s a win win situation!”

So what do the designers think? Louise Henderson of Louise Isobel Designs said:

"It is great to have a bricks and mortar shop selling the work of independent designers right in the centre of Glasgow. There are so few retailers specialising in limited edition and one-off pieces. Factory 45 builds relationships with new designers and provides advice and support as well as a place to sell our work."


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Event details

Launch Party: 04.12.14 6pm-9pm

Join us for music, refreshments and surprises and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping!


Factory 45: 45 High Street Glasgow G1 1LX

Now stocking: Louise Isobel Designs, NLM Design, House of Black, Omarina, G69 Clothing, Lola Nicol,

Edinburgh Bow Tie Company, Abetwix, Thrifty Little, Mandy Maria Illustration, Bowjangles, Notorious Gasoline Company. Many more TBC.

T:0141 552 5226

Opening Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm

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