The Vicuña is an elegant, gracile animal, found exclusively in South America, primarily on the high alpine plateaus of the Central Andes. A relative of the llama, Vicuña live at altitudes of between 3,200 and 4,800 metres. The incredibly fine fibres of the Vicuña's thick, soft coat contain tiny scales, which interlock and trap insulating air; an exceptionally warm material for the creation of luxurious stoles, scarves and clothing.
Johnstons of Elgin has worked with Vicuña for more than 170 years, and in 1851 we were awarded a medal for our Vicuña shawls at the Great Exhibition in London, a world fair promoting and celebrating various industries of the time, including textiles.
Our Vicuña designs continue to turn heads today, featuring on the runway as part of our London Fashion Week presentations.