The start of the retail revolution
What if? We asked a question. Our answer? A bold new concept. Exciting stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow which sell an extraordinary range of beautiful art and design products all made in Scotland.
But, that’s not the big idea. This is. Every penny you spend goes directly to those (300 and growing) hard-working local artists, designers and creators – some work in living-rooms or kitchens, some in small or shared studio spaces. (See some of their extraordinary tales on our blog page) They want to create. We want them to earn a good living for their creativity.
Boost our local economy – not shareholders’ pockets
It’s this simple. We make sure the lion’s share goes to those who produce. It’s a model that’s caught the imagination of artists, shoppers, economists and the UK media. Here’s how it works. Each artist/designer pays a nominal rent for a display space. That rent pays for staff, marketing and upkeep while the artists retain 100% of their profits. It works for us all.
That’s why we are growing. First Edinburgh, then Glasgow – who knows where’s next. We also have an online store and evermore big ideas to come.
Are you an artist interested in selling through us? Pay us a visit. On the look out for something unique for your home or a gift – make us your first port of call. Interested in learning more about our economic model? Get in touch. We are always looking to build new collaborations and share ideas.
“… Scotland has a wealth of creative talent … but with no shop window for their products and services, because they can’t afford high street rents and don’t have massive marketing budgets. This model solves both problems at once.”
The Herald. 26 Jan 2019
“If you can’t beat the high street, rethink it … turn the model on its head and create a model where the artists and designers get the lion’s share of the profit.”
Scotsman. 10 Sep 2018
“Scottish Design Exchange (SDX), the retail business providing a mass market showcase for arts and crafts, plans a wider roll-out of its commercially creative, commission-free format that puts producers first.”
Daily Express, 31 Oct 2018
“Unlike most art galleries the Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) doesn’t charge commission on items sold. One of its founding artists is now stocked in 84 outlets across the country, turning over more than £350,000-a-year.”