LEVEN might not be up there with Milan, Paris or London in terms of being a fashion hotbed but, perhaps, that may be about to change.
Local girl Laurissa Drysdale certainly hopes so, as she is doing her best to put the town on the map after securing a deal to follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss by launching her own collection with high street super chain Topshop.
Laurissa (24), a former HND Fashion student at Adam Smith College, got the chance of a lifetime to realise one of her ultimate career dreams after her designs were spotted in her own boutique, Maggie’s Farm, which she opened in Dundee last year.
Now Topshop, which has stores in 30 countries worldwide, has come calling and her collection is to be launched in its Edinburgh store.
An over-the-moon Laurissa said: “To be collaborating with Topshop is a dream come true!
“It’s been hard work but if you have a hunger for something, you can make anything happen.
“I’ve loved fashion ever since I can remember.
“I couldn’t imagine my life without it since it’s such a massive part of my character.”
Almost as equally delighted as Laurissa, who went on to achieve a first class honours degree in textiles and fashion design management at Heriot-Watt University after leaving Adam Smith in 2007, is her former lecturer, and curriculum head for fashion at the college, Christine Robson.
Remembering a “brilliant student who came up with some great ideas”, Ms Robson said: “Adam Smith College staff wish her lots of luck with her new venture.
“To say we are proud is an understatement!
“She is both hard-working and talented and has achieved enormous recognition from one of the UK’s leading high-street brands. She is a natural for the fast paced creativity within the fashion industry.”