Connect, Collaborate, Create

Custom Lane is a collaborative centre for design and making.

Conceived by GRAS, Custom Lane is a collaborative platform created to identify, support and celebrate emerging world-class design in Scotland.

At the heart of our organisation is collaboration.  Whether you are based in our workspace, or hiring our multi-use exhibition and event space, we strive to work with you to extend opportunities and achieve the highest quality outcome across all projects.

Custom Lane is an evolving, collaborative experiment in creating the most engaging, enriching and enjoyable work environment for designers and design-led makers in Scotland.  It has been incredibly exciting to watch a community grow around the seed of an idea and for residents take ownership of the concept and space, creating a thriving, productive culture.


Mella Shaw: Tumbling Form
Excursion, 2017
Photography by Shannon Tofts

Isabelle Moore: Rocking Perch Stool
Design Thinking, 2017
Photograph by Shannon Tofts

We have both a core (curated by Custom Lane) and partner programme of events and exhibitions. Our core programme showcases Scottish and international design across multiple specialisms and our partner programme provides an opportunity for organisations and individuals to work with our unique spaces.

Comprised of a café, shop, gallery, event space and workshop our ground floor is fully accessible to the public and offers the ‘best coffee in Leith’. Upstairs is home to our workspace where we provide newly renovated space dedicated to design and creative development.

For more information see our Workspaces.


Building Partners

Our partners have worked with us from the start and have all helped to form Custom Lane's development.

GRAS and Groves-Raines Architects
Architects & Designers

GRAS is a Scottish design studio, formed in 2006 as part of the established conservation practice Groves-Raines Architects Ltd.

GRAS was awarded the Grand Prix at the Scottish Design Awards 2017 for its work on Craft Scotland & Emergents at London Design Fair.

Established in 1972, Groves-Raines Architects Ltd. is an award-winning architectural practice dedicated to the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings.
Kestin Hare
Fashion & Retail

Kestin Hare is a British menswear brand produced by a designer who gets what works and is inspired by what men want for everyday life.

Kestin carved out his 15 year career working for some of the biggest names, most notably holding the position of Head of Design at Nigel Cabourn. It was here, working on the Ascent of Cabourn collections, that Nigel honed Kestin's passion for vintage, looking to the old to find something new, and instilled the importance of UK manufacturing.
Human Resources Studio
Design Studio

Human Resources is a cross-disciplinary, independent micro-design studio based in Edinburgh, Scotland, working with clients world-wide.

Human Resources collaborate with clients, agencies and in-house teams to help realise their creative vision and communicate what they do to the world, translating ideas and purpose into meaningful, commercially right solution exploring the fields of arts and culture, fashion and retail, design, digital and new media.
Williams & Johnson
Coffee Roasters

Williams & Johnson are a micro coffee roastery based in Leith who run their flagship café from Custom Lane.
Edinburgh Tool Library
Community Workshop

Edinburgh Tool Library is the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing our environmental impact.

They lend members tools for DIY, gardening, decorating and machine repair, so that they don’t need to own them. Not only does this collaborative approach make sense environmentally, it also helps members financially.

Being a member of ETL gives you access to over 4000 tools without the need to store them, maintain them, or buy them in the first place.
Lane Yoga
Yoga Studio

Lane Yoga is a beautiful, nourishing and inclusive new yoga studio brought to Custom Lane by Helen Gillespie and Moira McFarlane.

As well as a broad range of daily movement classes, Lane Yoga will present workshops, training and special events, led by experienced teachers who share Lane Yoga’s vision that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, gender or ability.