It’s not often you spend your Saturday evenings sipping craft ale in a former biscuit factory alongside Scotland’s stylish elite. But, last weekend that’s just what we did. Within the dingy low-lit ground floor, mazes of gritty stairwells and the airy top floor of The Biscuit Factory, The Gathering made its temporary home.
It was like being transported to one of Warhol’s New York Factory gatherings.
If you’re not familiar with The Gathering as a concept, it’s an event masterminded by Gordon Millar of Scot Street Style fame. Passionate about bringing together Scotland’s fashionable figures and associated creatives over a series of regular events hosted in cities throughout Scotland, The Gathering was formed. This 8th event saw Edinburgh take up the baton once more – and we made sure to make it memorable, as us Edinburgers always do..
On slipping into the darkened factory building on a balmy summer evening, it was like being transported to one of Warhol’s New York Factory gatherings. Over 400 stylish young things – all ’70s fringing, platform sandals and bearded men in polka dot shirts – swanned by. I definitely recall exclaiming that if you were after a bit of sartorial inspiration, this was the place to go that evening.
We made a beeline for the bar, picking up some ice cold bottles of Innis & Gunn (an event sponsor of the night). All through the night, in fact, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the dominating silhouette of the beer-laden shelf. To say a couple of photos were snapped away here would be an understatement.
Above photo © Ellie Morag
Once we’d had our fill of downstairs – and the excessive camera wielding that ensued – we made our way up to the top floor where a series of fashion, magazine and photography exhibitions were taking place. It was a stunning sight to behold. In the magic hour, the fading sunlight danced around the open space, illuminating the clothing designs by Kestin Hare and Rachel McMillan. A couple of models bounced around as an impromptu fashion shoot even took place for Rachel McMillan’s collection. The new Boys & Girls zine was on offer too, showing alternative print journalism to still be alive and kicking in the city.
One of the most memorable of exhibits from the evening was the photography, courtesy of the upcoming Retina Photography Festival and the Scottish Fashion Creative Network. As a fan of photographers who play around with movement and light, it was amazing to see these photographs in particular. From ballet dancers at work to underwater swimming, it was all there captured in film.
It really felt like the air was electric that night at The Gathering, and it was amazing to be able to witness the coming together of creative minds in such an inspiring new space in our city. If you’re keen to attend a future event, keep updated with the Scot Street Style Facebook page for all the latest news.
Psst! Keen to take a look at The Biscuit Factory yourself? You can keep up to date with all the goings-on, future exhibitions and events over on their Facebook page. They say a bar and cafe is coming, but don’t say I told ya..
The Biscuit Factory
4 – 6 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5
Best for: Seeking out Edinburgh’s creative scene