If you're still unsure about where you sit with the age-old argument about fashion as an art form, Jen Murray's contemporary accessory brand, Scotria, will most certainly sway you towards the latter party.

Another case of wearable art (do you see a trend here?), Jen's made-in-Spain, assembled-in-London stylish plus ones are instant crowd pleasers for their cunning designs that pinch artistic cues from architecture and industrialism. C
ustomisable spiral cords and recycled Plexiglass are just some of the design features that have seen Scotria gain acclaim for its subversive approach to materials and techniques.

The daughter of an architect, artistic flair is part and parcel with Jen's identity. Keen to learn how she channels this in her everyday and where she finds creativity, we looked Through the Lens...

“On days when my dog Wallace comes to the studio, our way into work is often through the Walthamstow marshes. The stark contrast between the green fields and the imposing architectural electricity masts strikes me every time. I love feeling grounded after a good walk where I get to enjoy the fresh air, mentally prepare for the day and generally just watch Wallace enjoy himself in the moment.”

“To Scotria, designing a collection is very much about assembling and rearranging building blocks. Our modular approach to design means that pretty much any object or shape can spark an idea. From the intricate construction of champagne cork wires to the mechanical leg fixtures of a beer bench, there’s so much exciting design surrounding us at any given moment." 

"I’m usually most creatively productive when travelling. Being on a plane high up in the sky for a pre-set amount of time allows me to focus and think super clearly. I get a real buzz coming off a plane having designed and figured out new techniques and finishes.”

“Spatial surroundings and light really affect my output and mood so I love being in our studio, which is on the top floor of an old textile factory. For me, airy high ceilings and an abundance of daylight with industrial silver fixings, coupled with a lot of white, make for the perfect canvas. In classic Scotria style, our space also needs to be multifunctional and adapt to whatever the day holds. Movable tables with musical chairs, shelves go from showroom to office use, production shelving is converted from storage into work benches.

"I prefer to work without music - I tend to get carried away too easily with a good tune! If we do have music on I like a soft melodic techno, which will allow me to stay in the zone.”

I do what I do, because… “I’m lucky enough to be able to pursue my drive for design and creation.”

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