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Inverness designer creates merchandise for Callum Beattie

By Rachel Smart

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Christian Macleod has created the merchandise. Picture: Callum Mackay
Christian Macleod has created the merchandise. Picture: Callum Mackay

An Inverness fashion designer has teamed up with a musician to create a unique piece of merchandise.

Christian Macleod, who is known for his range of belts, has created a limited edition wrist band for singer-songwriter Callum Beattie.

The items of jewellery are inspired by backstage wristbands, designed and manufactured the same way as his full size belts.

Christian said: “Music is a huge part of the design process of my belts, so to work hand in hand with a product around music is really inspiring.

“I’m a massive fan of Callum’s music so he was a really natural first choice when it came to artist collaborations.

“So I wanted to come up with a design inspired by Callum’s Vandals album – it’s a really special record.”

The wrist bands created by Christian Macleod.
The wrist bands created by Christian Macleod.

Callum Beattie has visited the Highland capital several times, and played a sold-out gig at the Ice Centre earlier this year. He will also be visiting Strathpeffer Pavillion on October 21, and Inverness Leisure in December.

Callum said: “This is an amazing piece of unique merch from one of the most talented people I know.

“My manager Dave and I are big fans of what Christian does so we told him to go mad, come up with anything he wanted to.

“The wrist belt is such a cool idea and something I think my fans will love – it’s like access into our world."

Callum Beattie. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Callum Beattie. Picture: Callum Mackay..

Christian said: “I love the song Vandals, it’s also the title track of the record, so it seemed the perfect inspiration.

“I took that idea of vandalising and effectively graffitied Callum’s album title to come up with an entirely new logo which is on the wrist belt.

“I think it’s worked really well and the fans seem to love it too – we did a limited reveal to his fan group on Facebook and they jumped on it fast.

“The wrist belts are now on sale at my website until October 15 so I hope to see lots of wrist-belted hands waving in the air at the December shows across Scotland.”

Christian’s wrist belts are fully vegan and sustainable, as he has a zero waste ethos in his business.

He added: “That’s a huge part of my ethos and actually where the idea of wrist belts grew from – I wanted to use the offcuts from making belts so we have zero waste.

“Using potential rubbish to make new art is at the core of everything I do.”

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