Stockfest, Edinburgh

Festival takes stock with pants and paintings

Simon Phillips

Small enterprises such as Cahoonas (above), a grooming and accessories business for ‘discerning’ modern gentlemen, were among more than 20 stallholders at the Stockflea event in Edinburgh.

Stockflea kicked off the nine-day Stockfest in Stockbridge aimed at promoting shopping, dining and creativity in the area. It is also features guided walks and live music.

Cahoonas, run by Simon Phillips, sells beard oil, which not only softens facial hair but is a well-known midge repellant. He designs and make everything himself, employing an occasional seamstress to help with making his accessories, including a range of tartan underwear.

Other stallholders included artwork business Vizualedinburgh, the gift voucher firm Lovefromindiestreet as well textiles and soft furnishings designer BertyB.

Among the highlights of the festival is a joint exhibition at the Alpha Art Gallery of unseen work by the artists Peter Howson and Frank McFadden.

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Folk band at Stockflea
Visitors were entertained by musicians at the Stockflea event


Photos: by Terry Murden

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