Want a place where you can find plenty of on trend streetwear and urban style brands under one roof? Take a look at our interview with Leslie Docherty, Owner at Fat Buddha Store
Q. Give us a little insight into your creative background.
I don’t class myself as being creative, I like to take others raw ideas and turn them into something that works. I find that most of my ideas come when running, swimming or other activity that gives your brain time to take a break from the day to day.
Q. Why did you want to start your own online store?
Looking back I started the store at the time because there was a gap in the market for our niche, no-one was doing what we are doing now. I laugh now, but I remember at the time asking myself ‘how hard can it be to open a shop’, 10 years of pain and most of your life savings later the answer is, yes, it’s pretty hard.
Q. What have been your key inspirations for your store designs and concepts?
My inspiration comes from all the great stores I visit on my travels, nothing for me beats a really good retail store, and all the best retailers have only 1 store, they focus on making that store the best it can be. So-To Store in Berlin by far is my favourite, I was blown away by 14oz store at the time but in reflection it was more style than substance.
Q. What has been your most memorable success to date?
We collaborated with Jansport a few years ago, we got to design our own bag and choose all the components, they picked 10 stores worldwide and we were 1 of 2 from Europe chosen, this put the store on a different level and resultant exposure helped us secure a number of good quality brands.
Q. How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is casual with a New York bohemian approach, i.e. I wear what I want and don’t really care what anyone else thinks, if my wife doesn’t like it, I know it’s good, we tend to disagree a lot on fashion, she still hates camouflage, whereas I am partial to a bit of camo.
Q. What is your hope for the future of your brand?
I don’t have aspirations of world domination, quality is the key, I want to have the best store in Scotland, I want to have a really good retail store with a brand mix that covers all the bases, a great set of staff and oh, making a bit of money would be nice.