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Introducing the Edinburgh pop-up fashion business born over a cup of coffee

June 6, 2018

It was a flash of inspiration that set Cally Halpin onto the path of small business success. Talking to a friend over ­coffee about storage challenges for the end-of-line stock in her high-end fashion boutique in Edinburgh sparked an idea that would soon become online fashion store Lux Boutique Outlet. Curious and keen to move into the fashion industry from marketing, Cally, 45, offered to host a pop-up event to help her friend offload the extra stock. Soon she had set up a series of pop-up events selling brand-name fashion at up to 70 per cent discount under the...

How former banker Cally is fashioning a new career

June 4, 2018

The 44-year-old from Edinburgh took the opportunity to sell designer clothes at outlet prices after ‘lightbulb moment.’ FORMER banker Cally Halpin swapped figures for fashion when she decided to launch her own retail business. The 44-year-old spotted a gap in the market for selling end-of-line designer clothing at discounted prices. Can you tell us about Lux Boutique Outlet and the products you sell? I provide a service to high-end fashion boutiques, such as Jane Davidson and Protected Species, where they give me their end-of-line stock and I sell it at a discount. It’s all very high end, really good...

Click for fashion – a start up story : High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

April 23, 2018

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So often when I speak to entrepreneurs, they tell me a wonderful story about how they happened upon their business idea. I bet we could all list inventions we reckon would make great companies (my husband came up with the concept of a golf bag/baby seat combo and was delighted with himself) but turning these epiphanies into money-making enterprises is a whole different ball game. Last night, Cally Halpin launched Lux Boutique Outlet at a gorgeous event in Edinburgh. She describes the concept as a “lightbulb moment” when talking to a friend...