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Hayley Scalan from Dundee was first recognised for her work on her degree show ‘New Frontiers’‘2009 by supermodel Erin O’Connor who also purchased one of her jackets that Hayley designed. However , it didn’t stop there, Vogue.co.uk named Haley as ‘Scotland’s coolest young designer’. Since then she has had numerous celebrities purchase her work but nonetheless she has remained in Dundee and set up a studio there which made me realise that you can still stay home and be successful.
Hayley Scalan is such an inspiration to young aspiring designers who want to stay in Scotland. She is a designer who stayed true to her designs and did not let tutors influence the path she would take which paid off when Erin O’Connor bought one of her pieces. When i found this out i decided i would stay true to myself and my style of work because that is what makes you stand out.
Although Hayley works in Dundee she has had experience working in London with Francesca Burns at I.D magazine and in L.A with designer Jeremy Scott so has seen what the fashion industry is like first hand. It goes to show that although it is possible to be successful and not venture far it is still important to gain experience by travelling, taking chances and trying different things.
Hayley admitted when she first started her business she was not exactly sure what she was doing but she still managed to do it whilst making all of her first designs by hand. Think what i learned most from Hayley is that you need to stay true to yourself, gain experience and that it’s ok to not know everything about business and that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.