SÒLAS is a Scottish sleepwear brand with a focus on minimalist design, comfort and modern luxury. Our sleepwear combines silk separates in contemporary shapes with prints inspired by nature and the sanctuary of home. The word Sòlas is Scottish Gaidhlig, and translates as light comfort and joy.
The reason we are launching this Kickstarter is to be able to attend a trade fair. This will allow us to present our collection to buyers from international retailers and expand our brand reach and influence. The cost of participating as exhibitors is up to £4500, and we will need to budget for a sales agent, travel expenses and accommodation, in addition to our usual running costs and making the collection.
This campaign has been supported by Crowdfunding Creativity, a mentorship programme from Creative Scotland and Paved With Gold. If you help us reach our goal, we'll be awarded 25% of the goal amount from Creative Scotland to make this project a reality.
With the aid of this Kickstarter, we aim to show our debut collection at an International Trade Show in Paris.
The collection draws inspiration from Scotland, specifically Benbecula, a tiny island in the Outer Hebrides, where co-founder Ciorstaidh grew up. The contemporary floral prints by Ruth are designed to be flattering for all skin tones and illustrate the wild flowers growing freely on the machair, a feature of Hebridean beaches. The garment shapes designed by Ciorstaidh are roomy yet elegant. They use traditional pyjama shapes with a modern twist, creating sleepwear that easily transitions to evening wear. Thoughtful details, deep pockets and exquisite finishings make our pyjamas luxury items, designed for women, by women.
We started making our silk sleep masks in late 2017, selling them via Instagram and local markets around Glasgow. Meeting people and being able to interact on Instagram has been a great way of understanding our customers and receiving feedback, and by doing this we can create products that reflect their needs and style.
Furthermore, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with people in Scotland. This has given us many creative opportunities, from co-hosting events to creating work with like minded people around us. These exhibitions and collaborations have allowed us to set a foundation for an interesting and exciting business. A highlight has been participating in the ‘Made in Glasgow by Local Heroes’, exhibition featuring contemporary design in Glasgow.
In return for your support, we are offering rewards including sleepwear and accessories in our teal buttercup print, which will only be available until the end of the campaign. We are also collaborating with local artists in Glasgow who have kindly made us some one-off pieces which are exclusive to our Kickstarter. Your reward will be delivered to you after the end of the Kickstarter campaign, gift wrapped and tied with silk ribbon.
Our rewards feature our buttercup print, a design that was developed from childhood memories. Growing up in Scotland we would hold buttercups underneath our chins and fable told us that if you glowed yellow - it was a sign you liked butter. Drawing inspiration from this and using pressed flowers, we created a modern floral design, which will be available exclusively until the end of the campaign.
SÒLAS Digital Download + Sleepy Playlist £10
Spotify playlist compiled by SÒLAS. 60 sleepy songs for a relaxing daytime or to enjoy before bedtime. Plus a selection of wallpapers for your phone, featuring Scottish landscapes and our Teal Buttercup design, and a set of four postcards.
SÒLAS Scrunchie £18
Made from 100% silk, printed in our Teal Buttercup print, our scrunchie is a throwback to the 90's with a modern twist. Silk is kind to hair and won't snag, making sure your tresses are kept in their best condition.
Sòlas x Arboretum Sleep Spray £25
Limited Edition Sleep Spray designed by Glasgow based perfume lab, Arboretum. A calming blend of Scottish herbs and wildflowers, with soothing frankincense and touches of marigold and chamomile.
SÒLAS Sleepmask £45
Our 100% silk sleep mask has soft luxurious padding and a hand ruched silk band. Perfect for switching off, getting rest in the evenings, travelling, and daytime naps.
Freya.IM Brass Buttercup Earrings £70
Earrings made by Glasgow based jewellery designer Freya Alder, a special commission for our Kickstarter campaign, made in response to our Teal Buttercup Print.
Haircut and Scrunchie £75
A consultation, cut and blow dry with Stephanie at The Hair Club, where you can relax in your own private space and enjoy the calm and restorative environment. Leave with your SÒLAS silk scrunchie, perfect for styling in your shiny new locks.
SÒLAS Long Sleeved Open-Backed Top £180
High-neck with long sleeves and a chic open-back, our long sleeved top fastens with a silk covered button. It can be worn as part of our pyjama set, or by itself as a luxurious addition to an evening outfit, when you are out and about.
SÒLAS Tapered Pyjama Pants £210
These gently cropped tapered pyjama pants are a relaxed fit, with a silk drawstring which ties at the natural waist. Featuring our teal buttercup print design in luxury silk.
SÒLAS Wide Leg Pyjama Pants £235
Luxuriously wide and comfortable with a drawstring that sits on the natural waist. Made in beautifully tactile silk in our teal buttercup print.
SÒLAS Pyjama Set £430
Silk pyjama top and matching bottoms, your choice of pyjama shirt or open back top, and either wide leg or tapered pyjama pants.
SÒLAS House Coat £495
The SÒLAS Housecoat is full-length with silk-lined pockets and split side seam for ultimate luxury. Perfect for the comfort of home or to wear as a lightweight coat during the evening.
We are both designers, based in Glasgow. After studying textiles and fashion together, we spent some time working overseas and at home in Scotland: Ciorstaidh in Reykjavik and Edinburgh as a fashion designer and stylist; and Ruth in Melbourne and London as a print designer and photographer. Ciorstaidh's love for fluid tailoring and relaxed fits combines with Ruth's pared-back print designs to form a collaboration that works perfectly for sleepwear. We care about minimal, thoughtful design and make products to make people feel good about themselves. Inspired by our home in Scotland and the people we know, we want to continue to develop SÒLAS designs that people will keep and cherish.
March 2019 - Kickstarter launches
March 2019 - Scrunchie launch at The Hairclub
April 2019 - Kickstarter ends
August 2019 - Rewards delivered
If you have any questions about anything please get in touch.
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Risks and challenges
As this is our first time grading sizes for the sleepwear, issues with the pattern may arise. To accommodate this, we have given a long enough lead time to deal with any issues, meaning even if this was to occur, items will still be delivered within the time given.
Due to the printing process and the natural fibre of the silk, there can be slight variations in colour from batch to batch. This is why we would like to print in larger quantities to ensure consistency.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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