Tag Archives: independent

An Edinburgh Institution

Vintage styles from fashion history, a great place for a little time travelling.

My latest #supportabusinesssketch is this beautiful shop front of Teviot Place, home to one of four W. Armstrong & Sons stores in the city.

I remember hanging out and meeting folk in the flagship Grassmarket store back in the 90s and with their four locations these vintage clothing stores will feature in many an Edinburgh dwellers story.

Do you remember visiting one of these stores in the past? If so do tell me below, I still love to pop in and see the amazing pieces they have on show.

Visit their website below to see all the locations and go say hello, let yourself drift into years gone by, and wonder which items from your wardrobe may be hanging in these stores one day!

W. Armstrong & Son website

So drop in if you are passing, and give a little back to the small businesses that are so important to Edinburgh. Also let me know by commenting below if you have a local trader who deserves a ‘sketch out’.

And if you would like to send a boost to your local independent business then make a sketch/drawing or painting and post it online with the hashtag #supportabusinesssketch

Flux: A new stockist in Leith

FluxShopToday I visited this lovely gift shop on Bernard Street, Leith and left some of my wares.

A treasure trove of present ideas and bespoke gifts Flux has a strong fan base in Edinburgh. Home to a wide range of styles and creations, the shop brings together many independent designers and makers all under one roof.


Friends have been telling me my cushions of the Shore would suit the shop well, being just around the corner from the original sketch location. From today my cushions, bags and gift cards will be on display in the shop, so do drop in, if you haven’t done so already you are in for a treat.


Flux website

DigIn, a new independent community grocer

DigInI was sketching in Bruntsfield today when I recognised the DigIn logo and banner above this wee shop on the high street.

After following the people at DigIn for a while on twitter I was aware of their goal of opening a community owned independent greengrocer in Edinburgh’s Southside.


I was glad to hear they had achieved this and opened the shop on the 1st May 2014. Full of fresh locally sourced produce I’m sure they will do well and become a favourite of Edinburgh folk not just locally but throughout the city. I wish them all the best.


My sketch was drawn on location with a fast drying pen and watercolour wash.


The DigIn website