Galashiels designer Lauren using a splash of colour to support NHS Borders charity

A Borders designer has donated more than £1,500 to the Borders General Hospital having created her own rainbow-inspired range of handmade accessories.

Lauren Jamieson, owner of The Colourful Edit online store and studio in Galashiels.
Lauren Jamieson, owner of The Colourful Edit online store and studio in Galashiels.

Lauren Jamieson, who owns The Colourful Edit, has designed a new offering, The Rainbow Edit, of her distinctive fabric necklaces to celebrate our NHS and carers during the coronavirus pandemic and is donating money from each sale to NHS Borders charity The Difference.

Lauren, 38, said: “My brand mantra is ‘editing life with a splash of colour’ which I guess is how I go about everything.

“A few of the girls that work for me are key workers at the BGH and when you are at home you feel a bit helpless hearing what they’re going through. A few of them mentioned being low on some supplies and I thought I could help.

“I decided I would create a rainbow collection in each of my designs and donate £10 from each sale. I started that in April but there has been quite a demand for them so I’ve kept it going. We’ve raised £1,500 and counting, and The Difference says it will be spent on something welfare-related for Covid workers and patients.”

The former Galashiels Academy pupil spent a decade working as a stylist in New Zealand and Australia, using her background in photography, marketing and advertising to set up The Colourful Edit on her return to the Borders with husband Colin in 2015.

The mum-of-three’s designs ship all over the UK, and have been endorsed by English fashion expert and television presenter Trinny Woodall.

“I started making my own accessories and wearing them around and it grew from there,” Lauren added. “I’m all about enhancing natural features by adding colour to the neck area. That’s how it all kicked off and it has been an organic growth since.”

She opened her studio in Channel House, Galashiels, last February where she offers appointments for colour analysis. Her accessories are stocked by almost a dozen businesses across the Borders, East Lothian and Glasgow.

“I have team of makers who are all self-employed and help me out at busy times, while I do all the bespoke orders myself and organise markets and collaborations with other businesswomen,” she added.

To support Lauren’s Rainbow Edit fundraiser visit: her website at: www.thecolourfuledit.com