Life is Fair: Food and Shopping at Glasgow Ethical Christmas Market and Scotland Re:Designed Hypermarket

Two things you need to know about me – I can very lazy when it comes to leaving Edinburgh unless I have no choice, and I often promise to visit people when I’m drunk. I don’t mean turn up at their house in an awesome plot twist when I’m actually 6 cocktails into a night, but I promise to go do things with friends in other cities after I’ve had a few. Places as far flung as Glasgow. As I travel a lot for work, when it comes to day trips I’m actually quite shit. The last time I ventured west was with my best mate, and that was because she was working on a campaign to promote ScotRail.

The other night I was chatting to one of my favourite humans and fellow Asian business chick Laura Griffin; she suggested we meet up at the Scotland Re:Designed Hypermarket event at SWG3 to do some early Christmas shopping, and I was a few glasses of prosecco in after the Godiva x Emperor’s Old Clothes launch. Shopping? Independent designers? Hanging out with my lovely pal for the afternoon? All these things dragged my wee hungover butt out of bed yesterday and onto a crowded train to The Weej.

In one of the happiest coincidences known to man, it just so happened that the Glasgow Ethical Christmas Market is also on this weekend, and nothing beats Jäger regret like a wee wander around some of the best vegan food stalls Scotland has to offer. Some of my highlights were Sgaia’s  toasted Reuben sandwich, or as I call it, “the best thing to ever happen between two slices of bread”; the next-level delicious stovies from Faceplant Foods, cruelty free beauty from Odara Minerals, Dollop & Scoff’s alcoholic jams and chutneys, and Tempo Tea Bar’s poppin’ boba bubble tea. I actually ran out of time because I had to head to SWG3 for the Hypermarket, but if you’re in Glasgow today, the fair is still on. Have a Reuben for me.

This was my first venture to SWG3’s Hypermarket, a monthly event curated by a different person or brand each time. Holy crap. This was everything I love about Scottish design, and the fact that Scot Re:Designed was involved meant that I’ve now basically spent my entire next week’s wages in one blissful go. I loved all of it; every single designer there was among the best in independent design in the UK, and I will now be living on toast (no avocado) until my next payday. Totally worth it.

I fell in love with Mairi McDonald’s paisley-inspired monochrome prints and her sequinned bomber jackets, the Cats Brothers colourful take on streetwear, brand new brand Haar Sleepwear’s beautiful loungewear, Lynne MacLachlan’s 3D printed statement jewellery, and playful shapes at Ellie Vallely’s brand Squint. I’m not ashamed to admit I maxed out my credit card. Totally worth it.

Glasgow Ethical Christmas Market is on from 11-5 at Trades Hall, and Scot Re:Designed’s Hypermarket is on from 12-5 at SWG3.

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