On the 2nd March 2017 we took part in the Fashioned In Glasgow Fashion Show @ the Lighthouse in Glasgow.
The purpose of the event was to provide a supportive platform for emerging and independent designers to gain greater awareness in a vibrant industry.
Check out our interview below and all the links to the Fashioned in Glasgow and The Lighthouse websites and full video of the show.
What is your brand?
Neon Ninja is an alternative streetwear label from Glasgow, catering to everyone and anyone that is ready to step out from the shadows and embrace our neon philosophy. Our aim is to take over the universe one wardrobe at a time by providing you with clothing that not only looks out of this world but is so versatile it can be worn for any occasion, even in space.
Who/what is your inspiration?
All of our designs are inspired by traveling, the nineties and Japanese street wear fashion with a rather large pinch of Sci- fi, childhood favourites and the truly bonkers thrown in for good measure.
Deep in our Imaginarium we’ve experimented by feeding glow sticks to rainbows and shocking radioactive ninja stars with lightning then dipping them in sherbet. The result is a melting pot of eccentric, eclectic and deliciously fun and unique garments that are sure to make you glow in the dark.
So whether you’re a street wear sensei or a neon newcomer just remember…Not All Ninjas Dress in Black!
How did you get started?
Founded in 2016 by Jen McDonald and Andy Orr, Neon Ninja was born out of endless conversations that lasted well into the wee hours of the morning, the genesis of which can be traced back to the hustle and bustle of South East Asia.
In 2010 we left Glasgow on what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime and travelled to Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong before finally adopting Sydney as our home away from home. Everything was so new to us be it the food, the sights or the culture. To an extent that's where our new approach to street wear and the craziness in our designs come from. We're trying to capture the very essence of our Asian Adventure.
The brand remained a pipe dream until Jen applied to study fashion at University. In 2015 she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan (Kelvin College Campus) with a first class honours degree and along with Andy immediately started working on Neon Ninja's first collection.
What was the inspiration behind your brand?
The Harajuku Collection is inspired by Japan. The Japanese influence originally came from a love of sushi and a longing to one day visit Tokyo.
The Haruki girls, who are renowned for their bright and daring sense of style could give the neon lights a showing up whilst Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s three holy mountains lies dormant, like a sleeping giant overlooking the city. Our yearning to visit was all the inspiration we needed for our collection.
Where do you see the brand in five years time?
Within the next five years we hope to cement a considerable presence in the UK streetwear scene.