Glad Rags Thrift presents: Fashion February at The Glad Cafe

Preview by Ailsa Mullins | 24 Jan 2014

Glad Rags Thrift has been warmly welcomed to the Glasgow southside, recently opening its doors to the fashion savvy and the bargain hunter alike. Glad Rags are a not-for-profit thrift shop that offers a diverse mix of clothing, shoes, accessories, books and records: selling everything from high street to vintage and designer. The profits will be used to support the programme of events at The Glad Cafe and the Glad Foundation, which provides affordable music tuition and workshops for young people in the local area.

Throughout the month, Glad Rags Thrift will present an exhibition entitled Scotland's Designers Inside the Studio, which runs from 4-22 February at The Glad Cafe. They will also be holding a number of exciting and free of charge events during the exhibition. The event programme kicks off on the evening of the opening, with the designers behind three of Scotland's hottest emerging designer labels taking us through their designs, inspirations and work processes; locally-based design duo Iain & Anna of Naromode, (The Skinny 100th issue interviewee!) Danni McWilliams and Hilary Grant, who creates luxury Scottish knitwear that focuses on craftsmanship.

Another not-to-be-missed event is on 16 February from 4-5pm, a Q & A with Chris Hunt, founder of Scotland Re:Designed, who have showcased the work of designers such as Judy R Clark, Bebaroque and William Chambers in New York, London and Chicago. He is also the director of the PR and digital agency Genuine Scotland. Previously a London based PR and magazine contributor, Hunt relocated to Glasgow and is the originator of Scotland’s first 'Design Collective' concept, introducing designers such as Christopher Kane to traditional mills like Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere.

Also on 16 February, is an Upcycling Workshop with one of Glad Rags Thrift's founders, fashion designer Jennie Lööf. After founding her first diffusion line in 2011, Lööf has continued to breathe life into old fabrics, making them into new fashionable garments while extending their life with new linings and fastenings. She will be demonstrating how you can up-cycle and rejuvenate your old clothing and fabrics – live. Stay tuned to the Glad Rags Thrift's social media channels for more information on how you can get involved with this event!

After such a busy month, on Wednesday 26 February, The Glad Cafe’s sister project Glad Rags Thrift boutique will be holding its Official Launch Party from 7.30pm onwards (in the Glad Cafe). Work by Emma Lindsay Photography and Create Forty Eight Design will be showcased on the night, along with a film by Mr Webster Film 'on fashion,' which will be accompanied by a live DJ. As well as that, there will be an opportunity to nip next door to Glad Rags Thrift explore its rails and shelves.

Phew! Get that lot in the diary!

4-2 Feb, The Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow Events are ticketed; tickets are available from The Glad Café or online