Here in Scotland we are great believers that the weather isn't that bad, it's just you have to wear the right clothing. Johnstons of Elgin have been manufacturing quality cashmere clothing since 1797. Get wrapped up in sustainably sourced, stylishly designed, comfortable layers this winter.
It's been a long awaited journey to finally get behind the scenes of the family owned business, located in the Scottish Highlands. It was worth the wait!
Johnstons of Elgin
Known as the experts in cashmere - Johnstons of Elgin was established by Alistair Johnston in 1797.
With four generations of Johnstons and since 1920 by three generations of the Harrison family. Who have grown and extended the business without cutting costs on quality or values. The only mill still standing in Scotland and the only mill manufacturing directly from raw products. While each product is made with the finest attention to detail on the bonnie banks of the River Lossie.
Behind The Scenes Tour
The behind-the-scenes tour was really interesting! Seeing the floor-to-ceiling stored raw materials, loads of colourful yarns, hearing the trials and tribulations such as the flooding disaster. You can still see the tidal mark! Got a glimpse of upcoming designs (top secret). Did you know that Johnstons of Elgin works with top fashion houses such as Burberry?
You might also be surprised to see an Indian Pistachio Tree and a Tibetan Cherry Tree.
Golden Age of Travel
As part of this year, Autumn/Winter Collection shown at the London Fashion Show were the latest designs inspired by the Golden Age of Travel. During the 1920s and 30s when steamships, planes, and motorcars opened up new opportunities to travel adventures. The luxury collection includes double-faced matte cashmere, lightweight merino wool, and intarsia knits.
"Our aviation-inspired Hand Knit Intarsia Cardigan is one example, hand intarsia knitted in Scotland using a technique that utilises over 200 years of expertise. Each colour of this limited edition piece is meticulously laid in by hand, one row at a time, with one garment taking 10 hours to knit" - Johnstons of Elgin.
One of my favourite pieces is the beautiful aviation tissue print scarf. The abstract Art Deco-inspired design is lightweight, woven from the finest cashmere, and printed here in the U.K.
The cafe serves the most delicious hot and cold snacks. I opted for one of the Scottish breakfast options with fresh ingredients including tattie scones from Maclean's Highland Bakery. Yum!
Throughout the year the gift shop has a wide selection of gifts, home accessories, and bundles for the crafter. There is also a selection of women's, men's, children's, and baby ranges. What are you waiting for?
Until next time, happy travels:) x