Paisley’s John Byrne named Scotland’s most stylish man

Thursday 5th April, 2018

Paisley son John Byrne is widely celebrated for his work as an artist and writer but the 78-year-old now has another label to add to the list – as Scotland’s most stylish man.

The Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti creator was hailed as “authentically and effortlessly cool” by judges as he was crowned with the title at the Scottish Style Awards this week.

Byrne beat off competition from a host of nominees for the award, including Outlander star Sam Heughan, musician Kayus Bankole, adventurer Aldo Kane, blogger John Robertson and artist Philip Colbert.

The awards celebrate style and creativity in its broadest sense and this year’s glittering ceremony took place at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

Paisley has held strong ties with the awards since it launched in 2005. The title of Scotland’s Most Stylish Man was previously won by actor James McAvoy, who is a former member of Paisley’s PACE Youth Theatre, and singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini – carrying on the town’s tradition of stylish men.

John Byrne, who is also well-known for designing album covers for Paisley musician Gerry Rafferty, The Beatles Donovan and Billy Connolly, is often seen sporting dapper tweedy suits and cravats.

The John Byrne Drawing Competition Exhibition is currently running at Paisley Museum, encouraging children and young people to be inspired and learn from Byrne’s artistic style.

You can find out more about the exhibition with Renfrewshire Leisure.

Paisley as a fashion icon

I love Paisley right now. There are all these new bars and restaurants popping up and there is such a buzz around the place. Every time something new opens, everyone I know is eager to go and try it out. It has really changed how people feel about the town and made people want to have a night out in Paisley – something that was unheard of a few years ago.

Vanessa Paisley
Fashion designer