A New Guide to Shopping

Shane Mason

There seems to be a mindset that when you go to a shop and buy something that the item spontaneously manifested itself from thin air and it’s life begins when you get it home. This couldn't be further from the truth. Just like anything in life; be it a new born baby or a tshirt; a lot happened before you got it and it was new to you. I think we all know where babies come from so in terms of the t-shirt, cotton plants had to be grown and harvested, made into fabric, designed, dyed, cut, stitched and printed. This doesn't happen on it’s own. People make this happen and are involved at every step so that a garment is produced that you can enjoy wearing because it resonates with you.

We believe we have a duty to be responsible for each stage in the manufacturing process and therefore there are three things that people should think about before buying a piece of clothing:

1. Think before you wear…

Did you know that the manufacturing process used to make our clothing is powered by green renewable energy? The carbon footprint of our clothing has been reduced by 90% and this is certified by the PAS2050 standard.

2. You should care who makes your clothes…

Did you know that the factory where our clothing is made undergoes annual audits to comply with the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Labour Practices in accordance with the International Labour Organisation’s conventions.

3. Wear clothing that helps your world…

Did you know that because we use organic cotton in our clothing this means that no nasty chemicals have been used while it grows? This stops harmful pesticides from damaging the ecosystem.

You’re going to wear something. Why not make a difference.

From the City to our 3 Favourite Hills

Shane Mason

Edinburgh is a special city for so many reasons. One of those reasons is the fact that the city is surrounded by brilliant hills. Taking some time away to climb one of these hills not only gives you a break from hectic city life but they also reward you with unbelievable views of the urban environment you just escaped from. Literally giving you some perspective.

Below are our 3 favorite Edinburgh hill walks.

Arthur's Seat...

Start on Queen's Drive and make your way up. You can come back down the same way or freestyle your way down the other side, there's a few routes! You can even join the route to the Crags if you feel like going further. 

Buses close to start point: 6, 300

Time: 1 hour (aprox)

Altitude: 251m (aprox)

Views of: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Pentland Hills, Forth Road Bridges, The Firth of Forth

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Blackford Hill...

To the south of the city near Morningside make your way over to Hermitage Drive to start this climb. The route passes the Royal Observatory and returns though some woodland. 

Buses close to start point: 5, 11, X15, 16, 23, 36, 38

Time: 1 hour (aprox)

Altitude: 162m (aprox)

Views of: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Pentland Hills, Arthur's Seat, The Firth of Forth


Pentland Hills...

The Pentland Hills covers an area of 35 square miles but this walk keeps you on a route closest to Edinburgh and ensures those views of the city.  Start from the Snowsports Center car park just off Biggar Road. A great bonus on this walk are the highland cows that roam this trail!

Buses close to start point: 4, X15

Time: 2 hours (aprox)

Altitude: 400m (aprox)

Views of: Edinburgh,  Pentland Hills, Forth Road Bridges, The Firth of Forth



You Don't Need the Calendar's Permission - Spring

Shane Mason

What new years resolution? All of a sudden we are in March. Festivities well and truly behind us, Spring is almost here (Monday 20th March). We are no longer living in what seems to be constant darkness, it's light when you leave work and the days are getting longer.. by the day. Luckily here at Hidden Stag we don't believe that you need a 'New Year' or a Monday to have a resolution. The best time to start something new is the moment you think of it. You don't need permission from a calendar. 

Temperatures slowly rising and more hours in the day mean it's the perfect time to do more and get outside. Maybe it's finding a new coffee shop in the city, trekking up Arthur's Seat or climbing your first Munro. having new gear is always an incentive so here's a list of some of our big brand favourites.

1. Danner - Mountain 600 Low

danner mountain boot
topo designs y-pack

3. Stanley - Classic Vacuum Insultated Bottle

stanley flask
Leatherman Sidekick Multitool
patagonia sleeping bag

Good Design - Dieter Rams

Shane Mason

So on our home page we say we are all about good design but what does that mean?

Since starting out with the Angled Coat Hook back in 2013 we now offer quite a broad range of products. Be it our life accessories range, clothing or the bespoke design service; we often worry that we give mixed signals about what it is we actually do here at Hidden Stag Design.

The thing about design is, it means you question the way things are and apply your own life experiences to give an object or idea an original spin. This way of thinking doesn't apply solely to one category and so at Hidden Stag Design we try and apply that originality of thought to any every day item that we feel can be functionally improved, manufactured smarter or just changed to make life easier. 

Although design sits firmly in the realms of creativity there are a set of defined rules that we personally choose to use to qualify each of our new designs. This validation means that we produce well rounded and considered designs. This set of rules was defined by a designer named Dieter Rams. Rams designed several products you are probably familiar with as he was installed as the Chief Design Officer of Braun in 1961. Dieter Rams is also famed for being one of the main influences of Apple Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan Ive. 

Braun T3 Pocket Radio (1958). Remind you of anything?

Braun T3 Pocket Radio (1958). Remind you of anything?

At Hidden Stag Design we have no shortage of ideas and could offer several more products than we currently do however we are not in the business of designing things for the sake of it. We want our products to get as close to these ten principles as possible:

1. Good design is innovative 

2. Good design makes a product useful

3. Good design is aesthetic

4.Good design makes a product understandable

5. Good design is unobtrusive

6. Good design is honest

7. Good design is long lasting

8. Good design is thorough down to the last detail

9. Good design is environmentally friendly

10. Good design  is as little design as possible


Find out more about Dieter Rams here

Our 5 Autumn Essentials

Shane Mason

One minute you're enjoying a show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the next it's dark when you leave work and people are asking what you're dressing up as for Halloween. Where did the year go?

To help ease the transition into the final portion of this year we've put together a short list of our favourite items available from local Edinburgh businesses.


Item: Remix Blanket in Blue by ferm LIVING

AVAILABLE AT: Life Story Shop - 53 London Street, Edinburgh

2. Hoodie

Item: Unisex Logo Hoodie

AVAILABLE AT: Hidden Stag Design - online

3. Grilled Cheese

Item: Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

AVAILABLE AT: Meltmongers - 80 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh

grilled cheese

4. The Perfect mug

Item: Mugs & cups by broste copenhagen

available at: century general store, 1-7 montrose terrace, Edinburgh

5. hot chocolate

Item: drinking chocolate salted caramel