About Catherine Aitken

Leith is now officially the coolest place in Scotland and the 2nd coolest in the UK - woohoo - and that's where our studio is.  Leith is in the north of Edinburgh and close to the port - this little studio space teems with industry, originality and vitality.  Our studio isn't generally open on a day to day basis, but if you'd like to make an appointment to come and see the collection, look at some cloths or discuss a new bespoke order, then please call us on 0131 629 2360 or email info@catherineaitken.com - we'd love to hear from you.  

The Water of Leith - wonderful to work in such a fabulous part of Edinburgh with the Anthony Gormley statues dotted in the water.  

For Catherine Aitken it's about the heritage cloths - Harris Tweed, Fife Linens, waxed cottons from Dundee and natural veg tan leathers.  If it's beautiful - we want to use it - especially if it's produced locally.  And it's about blending the heritage cloths with contemporary style, a classic aesthetic and practicality - perfect for the urban adventurer.  

We have a commitment to producing the highest quality products here in the UK, most made locally in Scotland with much still created in the studio and nearby by local crafts people.  Sustainability and slow fashion are our by words.  

It's about Harris Tweed - did you know this wonderful cloth is handwoven by a weaver in their croft in the Outer Hebrides? The only cloth to be protected by an Act of Parliament, it's a naturally oily cloth, perfect for the often rather dreich Scottish climate?

Weaver in his croft 

It's about customer care and service, offering the best, caring about the entire journey from beginning to the end when it lands in your hands.  

It's about loving what we do, making original designs, offering bespoke so that if it's not your bag you see on the site we can give you what you really, really want. 

It's about you expressing your individuality with our designs and having an emotional connection to your wardrobe.  


Catherine's background is in film and television where she had a career producing feature films and television drama.  She first designed and produced handbags to promote a film she was financing at the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, that particular film didn't reach the silver screen but a new career was waiting in the wings. Three years ago she gave up film production to concentrate on her own label and since then the business has grown and the collection expanded each season.

True to her background, Catherine's inspirations come from the cinema screen with the designs of Edith Head - Hitchcock's costume designer - and the styles of Katharine Hepburn and Doris Day inspiring her own collections, along with the tweedy loveliness of Lauren Bacall in films like To Have and Have Not and even Margaret Rutherford in her somewhat eccentric tweedy combinations in films such as Murder at the Gallop! Katharine Hepburn's feminine/masculine style is behind the mixing of the tweed with leather and waxed cotton in the Hepburn range. 

Catherine has produced a collection for the National Galleries of Scotland in celebration of their Titian exhibition and has shown her work in London, New York and Los Angeles. She created Judy Murray's collection for the Cromlix Hotel owned by Andy Murray.  Catherine's designs are retailed in stores throughout the UK, Europe and North America and she works closely with clients to create bespoke handbags and manbags.