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OUR STORY

Our expertise in crafting exquisite products using the world’s finest fibres spans more than two centuries. Our rich history, coupled with our unrivalled passion for innovation, gives us a lot to talk about. Explore Our Story to learn more about our unique Scottish heritage and superb craftsmanship and to discover the inspiration behind our luxurious collections.

Louise Roe's Cashmere & Whisky Weekend

Louise Roe's Cashmere & Whisky Weekend

Louise Roe recently spent the weekend enjoying the highlands and paid a visit to our mill. Find out what she learned about our craftsmanship.
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The Highgrove Heritage Scarf

The Highgrove Heritage Scarf

Tradition, history and elements of nature all come together in this honey-toned commemorative scarf, a textile heritage collaboration between Johnstons of Elgin and the Prince of Wales’s family estate, Highgrove.
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The Poppy Scarf X Mary Ann Rogers

The Poppy Scarf X Mary Ann Rogers

This November marks the 100th anniversary of the first British Remembrance Poppy Day. To mark the centenary, our skilled craftspeople have created an elegantly embroidered Poppy Scarf, with all profits from the sale of the scarves going to the Poppy Scotland Appeal.
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AUTUMNAL LOOKS WE’RE FALLING FOR

AUTUMNAL LOOKS WE’RE FALLING FOR

Falling leaves, a rich harvest, pumpkin spice everything. What are the tell-tale signs that remind you it’s autumn? For us, it’s that cool morning breeze that makes us crave warmth without weight in our wardrobe - a prompt to move from light summer styles to more structured, tailored pieces.
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Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

Grey is not the new black. It's more like its refined older sibling - a soft alternative to black that exudes balance, maturity and wisdom. From Haze and Granite to Silver and Cygnet, elegant grey hues are the perfect neutral backdrop from which a bright personality can shine. Here’s how to wear this timeless classic shade without feeling like a wallflower.
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The City Edit

The City Edit

Our just-launched City Edit teams charcoal grey tailoring with contemporary Tweed outerwear and tartan-inspired accessories to deliver a polished urban-chic aesthetic. Flashes of pillar box Red and rich Emerald in deconstructed check designs take a touch of the Scottish countryside into the city in a collection that commands attention.
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Clash of the Clans

Clash of the Clans

There can surely be no better marriage of tradition and innovation than heritage-inspired designs created using state-of-the-art technology. Demand for intricate patterning has become so high that we have increased the number of fine harness looms in our Scottish mills, and in a series of seasonal accessories, we have brought together traditional clan tartans, contemporary ombrés and our brand logo. The results are versatile and modern, with a generous helping of the luxury our brand is known for.
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The Artistry Behind Our Ombre Designs

The Artistry Behind Our Ombre Designs

If we embrace Van Gogh’s artistic wisdom, then this season’s ombré designs can be considered poetic masterpieces. Our iconic ombré patterns originated in our woven accessory collections and have reached a new audience in our knitwear edit.
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Singer Sewing Machines

Singer Sewing Machines

Do you remember the rhythmical click-clack of a manual typewriter? Or the crackle of dust under a record player’s needle? As technology gallops forward and trends chop and change, traditional equipment can be left redundant, and with it the associated skills of operation. Not true, however, of the iconic Singer sewing machine, which we are preserving with vigour in our Scottish mills.
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10 ways our tactile Merino Wool fibres make life better through the power of touch

10 ways our tactile Merino Wool fibres make life better through the power of touch

Touch is the most diverse of all the senses. With no specific trigger point on the body, every part of us utilises touch for connection, communication, and even survival. Touch and feel are also essential to our processes, from the carefully honed skills of our fibre’s quality controllers to the sensational soft handle of our finished products. Merino Wool epitomises this - a sustainable, versatile fibre with exquisite tactility.
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So Much More Than Sleepwear

So Much More Than Sleepwear

It has long been accepted as stylish to pad the floors of a Spanish villa barefoot wearing cooling, loose-fitting loungewear that doesn't look vastly dissimilar to sleepwear. One global pandemic later, and we are all looking for ways to retain the work-from-home comfort we have become accustomed to without losing the gloss of dressing for work and social occasions - whether we live in the sun or not.
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FEED YOUR WANDERLUST AND LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS BEHIND

FEED YOUR WANDERLUST AND LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS BEHIND

Travel can be tiresome and exhausting, but oh, how we’ve missed it! Ever driven by a desire to see the world and a fundamental need to connect with family and friends, we are back in the driving seat, to a degree, and ready to move around again. But with more partiality than ever to home comforts and a renewed focus on our actions' impact on the environment, how do we travel in comfort without compromising our values?
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Seeing is an Art

Seeing is an Art

‘Sight is faculty; seeing is an art’. So said the 19th-century conservationist George Perkins Marsh. His deduction is undoubtedly true of the highly skilled craftspeople behind this season's vibrant designs, from our experienced designers and dye house team to the quality control professionals who make sure every piece we produce is picture-perfect.
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A Sense of Tradition

A Sense of Tradition

From the intuitive touch of our Raw Fibre Technicians to the distinctive, humid smell of our on-site dyehouse, all the human senses play a role in creating our beautifully crafted products. While a machine can test the quality of our fine Cashmere fibres, many of our experienced workforce prefer to work by hand to achieve the most accurate results. Of course, a keen eye for detail is also essential, from the design stage to the final checks of a finished product. All the senses are woven deep within this season's vibrant new eclectic tartans, and each bold pattern takes inspiration from Scottish folklore. Explore our new Autumn Winter collection – taking us right back to our textile roots.
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A Touching Story - The Beautiful Simplicity of our Relaxed Capsule

A Touching Story - The Beautiful Simplicity of our Relaxed Capsule

The first time you trace your fingertips along the soft, smooth surface of our Cashmere knitwear is the moment you’ll fall in love with it. You’d be forgiven for wondering where this miracle yarn has come from and what magic has happened to ensure its therapeutic whisper-soft handle. We know. Because we make what we sell.
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A Journey Through The Senses

A Journey Through The Senses

In an age dominated by machines and technical progress, all the human senses continue to play a role in delivering our exquisite craftsmanship. This season, for the first time, we will take you on a journey through those senses – from the delicate touch of the craftsman and the distinctive humid smell of our dyehouse to the unique cloud-like aesthetic of our Cashmere, achieved using traditional hand finishes.
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A Taste of Summer

A Taste of Summer

Guest editor Prue White is ready to relax in the Med again. Offering a delicious reminder of what we’ve been missing, the chic London-based stylist shares her top picks from our Autumn Winter preview collection - perfect for your next getaway.
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Coming Home

Coming Home

An exquisite piece of Johnstons of Elgin craftsmanship makes it's way back to Scotland after more than 70 years.
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Young Artisans

Young Artisans

Our recent collaboration with The Prince's Foundation's Future Textiles initiative saw some of Johnstons of Elgin’s key players share their expertise with a new wave of Scottish textiles talent.
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Wedding Gifting | Johnstons of Elgin

Wedding Gifting | Johnstons of Elgin

Our Stunning Cashmere Stoles are the perfect finishing touch for bridal party and guest outfits alike.
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The Whole Story | Seamless For Summer | Johnstons of Elgin

The Whole Story | Seamless For Summer | Johnstons of Elgin

Discover the whole story behind our Seamless Summer Collection online now, with Cashmere & Merino Wool Designs and Innovative Technology.
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Our Serene Summer Edit

Our Serene Summer Edit

Discover the story behind Johnstons of Elgin's '21 Serene Summer edit, with light, merino wool and beautifully cool linen for a stylish capsule wardrobe.
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Just Landed | Summer Style

Just Landed | Summer Style

Our Cashmere Hero pieces for women and can’t-live-without Machine Washable Cotton for men.
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The Blurred Lines of Ombre Fabric Knitwear

The Blurred Lines of Ombre Fabric Knitwear

Comfort and fashion. City desk and dining room table. Backyard and bar. There has never been more crossover in our lives, but you can be transition-ready with our seamless Merino Wool pieces in stunning ombré patterns.
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Made With Love

Made With Love

Discover the beautiful stories behind Johnstons of Elgin's beloved baby cashmere, from hand-knitted baby cashmere to monogrammed offerings.
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A Moment In Nature

A Moment In Nature

Changes in nature can easily be missed if we aren’t paying attention. Now is the time to slow down and take notice, enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset, or observe a tree’s first blossom of the year. Our latest Spring edit is brimming with reflections of nature, from digital ombré designs reminiscent of a stunning night sky to bold lichen looks drawing on the colours you might find on a forest walk. 
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Recalibrating Blue

Recalibrating Blue

At this time of year, jetting off to a sun-drenched beach would usually be at the top of our self-care to-do list. So, with travel restrictions likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future, we look at alternative ways to recalibrate. Let us bring you the serene, soothing blues of a bright summer’s sky in soft, cloud-like cashmere, inspired by the stunning scenery that’s right here on our doorstep.
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Our Atmospheric April Edit

Our Atmospheric April Edit

After many months under the cloudy haze of restricted living, we can finally see some rays of sunshine gleaming through. For many of us, the days are beginning to lengthen, and we are enjoying a gradual return to socialising in person, albeit still predominantly outdoors. Our Atmospheric April Edit is the perfect palette cleanser for this period of re-emergence, featuring classic Cashmere pieces in calming shades of Wedgewood and Cielo.
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Why You Need A Pixelated Cashmere Stole

Why You Need A Pixelated Cashmere Stole

Play with colour this season with our Pixelated Check Cashmere Stole. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you did!
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Our Sustainable Approach To Our Baby Cashmere Collections

Our Sustainable Approach To Our Baby Cashmere Collections

From the first time we hold our babies, we instinctively want what’s best for them, not just now, but always. Johnstons of Elgin’s beautiful Baby Cashmere collection is not only incredibly soft and gentle on baby’s delicate skin; it’s also created with the future of the planet in mind.
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Joe Ottaway - A Moment To Reconnect

Joe Ottaway - A Moment To Reconnect

In these unusual times, leading stylist and image consultant Joe Ottaway recognises the need to reconnect your body and mind. In a blog written exclusively for Johnstons of Elgin, he suggests that the right choice of loungewear can help you to do exactly that, offering comfort and warmth without losing your style edge. Discover Joe’s favourite Men’s Cashmere Loungewear pieces from our latest collection – to take you from work to the weekend with an element of calm.
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Time to Reconnect

Time to Reconnect

Introducing our latest capsule edit, 'Time to Reconnect', featuring elevated Cashmere loungewear pieces in calming neutral shades. These super soft pieces are the perfect off-duty uniform in which to enjoy some well-earned time out. From savouring a coastal walk to absorbing a few pages of your favourite novel, take a moment to reconnect with what matters to you in our tonal, tailored looks.
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Prue White: Time to Reset

Prue White: Time to Reset

2020 was real. Sadly, it was not a nightmare from which we will wake unscathed. Many of us are grieving, for family and friends, jobs, livelihoods and joyous moments that should have been shared, all lost to a year that we won’t get back. And alas, whilst there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, 2021, as yet, hasn’t let up.
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Moments That Matter

Moments That Matter

Take time to reset, refresh and reconnect this season, and focus on the moments that matter. Whether you are taking a moment alone to reflect, enjoying a crisp walk outside or spending time with family, our considered Spring Summer ‘21 collection inspires feelings of light, space and serenity, at a time when many of us feel ready for a fresh start.
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London Fashion Week February 2021

London Fashion Week February 2021

Johnstons of Elgin take us on a sensory journey back to their textile roots this season, with the launch of ‘Tartans, Textures and Twists’. Their comprehensive lifestyle collection, including knitwear, accessories and clothing, exemplifies their expertise in the finest Cashmere and Merino Wool fibres, while their urban loungewear edit understands the recent shift in our sartorial needs.
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Valentine's Day It's Not Just For Lovers

Valentine's Day It's Not Just For Lovers

February 14th might traditionally be synonymous with hearts, flowers and romantic gifts, but the celebration doesn’t have to be reserved for couples. Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a friendship, say thank you to a supportive neighbour or show a beloved family member how much you care.
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Life In The Slow Lane

Life In The Slow Lane

It's no secret that, for most of us, this festive season will be a little lower key than in previous years. However, at Johnstons of Elgin, we understand that a slower pace can be a positive thing, a sentiment shared by popular fashion illustrator and blogger Fei Wang, known as Slowboy. In a series of sketches penned by the artist, Slowboy depicts Christmas downtime in the slow lane – individuals relaxing in our luxurious Cashmere and Merino Wool designs.
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Last Minute Gift Guide

Last Minute Gift Guide

Cotswolds-based content creator Josie and her partner, fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger Charlie, are keeping things simple with their gifts to one another this year. Luxurious but practical, they talk us through their top picks of last minute gifts from Johnstons of Elgin.
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The Campaign For Wool 10th Anniversary Scarf

The Campaign For Wool 10th Anniversary Scarf

This year marks the 10th anniversary of HRH The Prince of Wales’s Campaign for Wool - a global, cross-industry initiative that promotes the benefits of natural, renewable and biodegradable wool fibres in protecting the planet and marine life. To celebrate, we joined forces with luxury sustainable womenswear brand Mother of Pearl to create a Campaign for Wool Limited Edition Scarf. All profits outside of covering production and fulfilment costs will go directly to The Prince’s Foundation’s Future Textiles initiative and an apprenticeship at Johnstons of Elgin.
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Snuggle Up

Snuggle Up

It’s no secret that many of us have seen a dramatic change in our weekday wardrobes this year, with loungewear becoming a lifestyle essential. It hasn’t lost its place during our downtime, though. From the softest, most luxurious athluxe looks to the most opulent of dressing gowns, we have something to suit you and everyone on your gift list. And at this time of year, what could be nicer than snuggling up in cosy Cashmere and magnificent Merino Wool?
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CEO Simon Cotton Named One Of The Most Influential People In British Luxury

CEO Simon Cotton Named One Of The Most Influential People In British Luxury

We are proud to announce that Johnstons of Elgin’s CEO Simon Cotton has been named as one of the most influential people in British luxury. The Walpole Power List celebrates the inspirational individuals who have continued to steer the luxury sector to success throughout 2020, despite enormous challenges.
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The Art of Style

The Art of Style

Style meets functionality this season, with our unique menswear pieces. Whether your signature style is classic, contemporary or eclectic, you can style our luxurious Cashmere and Merino Wool products to fit the aesthetic. Build your outfit with lightweight layers or buckle up in an eye-catching Trench Coat for a look that offers performance as well as polish.
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Why Choose Lambswool

Why Choose Lambswool

High-quality fibres are the essential ingredient in our unique, timeless designs, and with 222 years of experience behind us, we are known the world over for our incredibly fine Cashmere and Merino Wool. Our sumptuous Lambswool fibres are every bit as noteworthy, another of the super-soft yarns featuring in our rich history that remain just as relevant today.
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Prue White: Christmas Gift Guide

Prue White: Christmas Gift Guide

For me anyway, Christmas is starting early this year. I am normally the first to argue that the twelve days of Christmas are quite enough, but this year, I believe we all need the cheer to start prematurely to help us get through an increasingly bleak winter lockdown.
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Behind the Design: A Christmas Story

Behind the Design: A Christmas Story

Give a gift that tells a story this Christmas, with a unique piece from our Origins collection. From the heart of Scotland to the high plains of Peru, this season’s collection features innovative interpretations of the most traditional of patterns, in the softest Cashmere and Merino Wool fibres. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we will begin to explore textiles, textures and techniques from the homes of our fibres, as we take a look behind our Origins designs.
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Travelling Solo - The Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip Behind Our Latest Collection

Travelling Solo - The Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip Behind Our Latest Collection

Johnstons of Elgin's Senior Designer Jenny Smith decided to challenge herself, by making a solo trip to a culture very different from her own. Led by her love of textiles and an interest in the unique patterns and weaving techniques of South America, she took a break from work and set off on a six-month adventure, discovering as much as she could about how people live in the home of our fine Vicuña fibres, and a little about herself along the way. On her return, this season’s ‘Origins’ collection was born.
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Slow Luxury - A Collection 223 Years In The Making

Slow Luxury - A Collection 223 Years In The Making

The highest quality craftsmanship takes time, and there is no better example than our Autumn Winter 2020 collection ‘Origins’, inspired by the origins of our fine fibres and our own rich Scottish heritage. This season’s effortlessly stylish pieces embody Slow Luxury – the process of taking our time to create authentic, well-crafted pieces that will last for more than a lifetime.
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UKFT Manufacturing Heroes - Jackie Dean

UKFT Manufacturing Heroes - Jackie Dean

Jackie Dean is a raw materials technician in quality assurance at Johnstons of Elgin, in charge of fibre testing of all the company’s cashmere and wool. She is known in the industry for being extremely precise and well respected for testing, which is largely done by hand and eye.
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Exploring Our Ancestry

Exploring Our Ancestry

A flavour of South America and Mongolia, homes of our precious Cashmere and Vicuna fibres, brings pattern, colour and texture to our latest collection, ‘Ancestry’.
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Evolution of Tweed

Evolution of Tweed

Some styles come and go over time, revived and reimagined after periods of semi-retirement. Tweed, on the other hand, has never so much as taken a holiday, instead transitioning from a heritage and performance fabric to a fashion essential, as revered by celebrities and style icons through the years as it has been by shooting parties and Highland ghillies. As our latest collection, ‘Contemporary Tweed’ hits our stores, we take a look at the incredible evolution of Tweed.
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The Chesterfield Coat

The Chesterfield Coat

You spoke, we listened. Such was the popularity of last year’s Sartorial Chesterfield Top Coat, revered by celebrities from Gary Barlow to Alistair Guy, we have reintroduced it for Autumn Winter 2020. So, what is it that makes our Chesterfield Coat such a crowd-pleaser?
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Cashmere Our Special Fibre

Cashmere Our Special Fibre

Nothing says luxury quite like soft, fine Cashmere whether it’s in the form of a jumper, a scarf or an elegant throw. With a wealth of Cashmere products on the market, at a wide range of prices, how can you determine the quality of what you’re buying? And what is it that makes our Cashmere so special?
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A Classic Stands The Test Of Time

A Classic Stands The Test Of Time

This season, we welcome David Fox as a guest writer to share his thoughts on our Timeless Classics and how they stand the test of time.
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From Countryside to Catwalk - Contemporary Tweed

From Countryside to Catwalk - Contemporary Tweed

First seen at London Fashion Week in February, our Contemporary Tweed capsule is the seed from which our seasonal collection, ‘Origins’ grew. These textural, graphic pieces tell the story of our own origins, in the heart of the Scottish countryside. But while tweed is traditionally used as a form of camouflage, our Autumn Winter designs do anything but blend into the background.
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Ombre Inspirations

Ombre Inspirations

Famous for the breathtaking views experienced by avid trekkers, and brimming with intriguing archaeological sites and charming mountain villages, Peru is also home to the Vicuña. We have worked with incredibly fine Vicuña fibres since 1849, and as a result, the country plays an essential role in the Johnstons of Elgin story. So, when our design team set out to create a unique collection for Autumn Winter 20/21, drawing on the origins of our brand’s fine fibres, South America was a standout contender.
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The Twinset - A Fashion Icon

The Twinset - A Fashion Icon

To celebrate the launch of our new women's Timeless Classics collection, featuring essential Cashmere and Merino Wool pieces, we asked guest Stylist and Creative Director Jo Hambro to put a spotlight on the iconic twinset. Styling model and TV presenter Lisa Butcher, and her daughter Olivia Donoso, Jo captured the essence of old Hollywood glamour along with the multi-generational appeal of the twinset.
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Style, Re-established

Style, Re-established

Our enduring, classic designs look great alone or layered for additional warmth. As we transition back, post-lockdown, to more face-to-face encounters, it's time to celebrate style, re-established.
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Generational Styling

Generational Styling

When it comes to effortless dressing, there is no such thing as a generation gap. Mother and daughter models Lisa Butcher and Oli Donoso demonstrate this perfectly in breathtaking images from our recent Generational Styling photoshoot. Both women channel 1950s Hollywood style in our Timeless Classics; simple, understated layering pieces, made with the world’s finest cashmere fibres.
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The Best of British

The Best of British

In these times of change, and while international travel remains restricted, there has never been a better time to focus on what’s close to home. With the ability to carry out all of our Cashmere and Merino Wool manufacturing processes in one location, Johnstons of Elgin continues to champion British craftsmanship; an example of the best of British brands.
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Transeasonal Dressing

Transeasonal Dressing

While we might still be enjoying the last few rays of the summer sun, the promise of a new school term points to cooler days ahead. But before you pack away your shades and sunscreen, we look at ways to bridge the gap between the seasons.
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The Eternal Style of Fine Fibres

The Eternal Style of Fine Fibres

Like many of us during lockdown, Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank found herself reassessing her wardrobe, as work environments and social situations changed beyond all recognition. As we continue to roll with the ever-changing expectations of today’s world, the woman behind the voice of British luxury recommends quality over quantity. In a blog written exclusively for Johnstons of Elgin, Helen discusses back to work style and encourages us to choose timeless pieces that bring us joy.
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Introducing EveryYarn

Introducing EveryYarn

Sustainability and circularity are an essential part of today’s fashion and textiles industries, but at Johnstons of Elgin, the concepts are far from new to us. Circularity, relating to the reduction of waste and regeneration of resources, is inherent to our business. Our beautifully crafted designs are made using natural, renewable fibres inside our own Scottish mills, allowing us to maintain control over our manufacturing processes.
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Summer's Style Saviours - Merino Wool Separates

Summer's Style Saviours - Merino Wool Separates

Among the standout styles for summer are our lightweight Merino Wool separates, giving a fresh, clean edge to any outfit. Whether you're spending a sunny afternoon on the beach or dressing up for dinner with friends, these timeless, ultra-soft pieces will elevate your look.
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Gifts To Last A Lifetime

Gifts To Last A Lifetime

Our loved ones have never been so important to us. So, as that special occasion comes around, what better way to help them celebrate than with a touch of luxury? From our fine Cashmere and Merino Wool knitwear to our softest, lightweight accessories, we have the ideal gifts to show family and friends just how much they mean to you.
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Al Fresco Entertaining

Al Fresco Entertaining

Whilst we're not able to do much entertaining indoors, why not take the party outside and embrace Al fresco living.
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The Fabric of our Communities

The Fabric of our Communities

In these unusual and challenging times, we are delighted to have been able to support the hospital and primary care centres local to our Elgin mill, by supplying small batches of scrubs while they waited for NHS supplies.
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Supporting NHS Charities Together

Supporting NHS Charities Together

The vibrant spectrum of the rainbow inspired the optimistic ombré design of our Limited Edition Rainbow Scarf. This mood-boosting accessory is made with the softest Cashmere fibres, and for every Rainbow Scarf sold, we will donate £100 to NHS Charities Together, supporting the NHS, its employees, volunteers and patients in the UK.
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Polo Shirt Picks

Polo Shirt Picks

While Benedict Browne considers Pimms and strawberries and cream synonymous with this time of year, the London-based writer and stylist primarily associates summer with its sartorial nuances. In an exclusive blog for Johnstons of Elgin, Benedict waxes lyrical about his favourite seasonal piece, the polo shirt, from its origins to his 2020 wardrobe.
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Prue White: The Art of Colour in your Wardrobe

Prue White: The Art of Colour in your Wardrobe

Art enthusiast Prue White is finding new ways to indulge her passion for paintings while physically visiting galleries remains off limits. In the second in a series of exclusive blogs for Johnstons of Elgin, the London-based stylist talks about the benefits of a burst of colour and shares her styling tips for our Cubist-inspired Spring Summer collection, The Artist.
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Scarves and Sunflowers

Scarves and Sunflowers

It's no surprise that members of the Johnstons of Elgin team, working with the world's finest Cashmere and fine woollen products, have a keen interest in fashion. However, Marketing Executive Amber Lorimer takes it to the next level, spending much of her downtime styling and reworking her favourite looks and capturing them on camera.
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The Story Behind Our SS20 Colours

The Story Behind Our SS20 Colours

Our designers and dye house team work together to create the perfect tones for our products, a meticulous process that results in a delicate balance of light, dark and vibrant hues throughout all our departments. A good deal of thought goes into naming the dyes too, and this season's Cubist-inspired pieces, in Cashmere and Merino Wool, tell their own colour story.
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Floral Hand Intarsia Jumper

Floral Hand Intarsia Jumper

Beautiful things happen when artisanal craft and innovative technology combine. This season's Floral Hand Intarsia Jumper is just one example, taking original, hand painted artwork, traditional hand knitting skills and cutting-edge equipment, and creating a masterpiece in knit.
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Prue White: Editor's Picks

Prue White: Editor's Picks

The right choice of outfit and a splash of colour can really lift the spirits, even when you're working from home. In an exclusive blog for Johnstons of Elgin, The Times of London’s Style Director Prue White shares her favourite pieces from our Spring Summer collection and reveals the styling tips keeping her positive and productive.
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The Artist

The Artist

Our talented designers are the artists behind this collection, inspired by the work of 1930s greats such as Picasso and Delaunay. The journey from freehand sketches to our luxurious finished products has never been more apparent, with hand-painted patterns and striking, abstract designs recreated in ultra-soft Cashmere and Merino Wool.
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As Seen In The Rake

As Seen In The Rake

Highlights of our Autumn Winter '20 collection, Origins, make their pictorial debut in this month’s edition of The Rake.
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Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Our longest established trading relationship spans across three centuries and is based in the local community near our Elgin mill. Supporting trade locally has never been as important as it is now, and we are delighted to have supplied Estate Tweed and Tartan to Gordon Castle since the 1800s.
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Benedict Browne: Working From Home

Benedict Browne: Working From Home

London-based journalist and stylist Benedict Browne is taking a relaxed approach to dressing while he works from home. In an exclusive blog for Johnstons of Elgin, Benedict talks loungewear, craftsmanship and chocolate truffles.
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Transeasonal

Transeasonal

Relaxed, fluid silhouettes, rich textures and attention to detail define our elegant transeasonal collection.
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Benedict Browne: Gifting From Home

Benedict Browne: Gifting From Home

Writer, stylist and consultant Benedict Browne is focussing on the positives, as we all find ourselves spending more time at home. In a blog written exclusively for Johnstons of Elgin, Benedict reveals his top tips for coping with self-isolation, and the Cashmere and Merino Wool products bringing him comfort at home.
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Working From Home In Style

Working From Home In Style

Establishing a routine, defining your workspace and dressing for comfort as well as style are just some of the ways you can set yourself up for success when working from home. As many of us now find ourselves working remotely, we look at ways to improve your productivity and make home working a joy rather than a duty.
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Send Your Love

Send Your Love

Spending time apart from those we love can be challenging, as many of us adjust to a new way of living and working. While we reassess our routines and find ways to make our surroundings more comfortable, we are also mindful of friends and family members we can't be with.
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City Sophisticates

City Sophisticates

Sophisticated tailoring commands attention in our Spring Summer 20 collection, with smart, metropolitan styles for men and sculpted looks for women. Our City Sophisticates collection teams day-into-night pieces with lightweight layering items in Extra Fine Merino Wool, for confident, refined dressing. Striking abstract designs and unique, hand-painted patterns feature in the finest fibres, including the softest Cashmere and sumptuous Silk.
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London Fashion Week, February 2020

London Fashion Week, February 2020

Inspired by landscapes from around the globe, South American skylines and ice-capped Mongolian mountains, our Autumn Winter 20/21 collection brought cascades of colour to the catwalk at London Fashion Week this month. Our creative team looked back to go forward, exploring the origins of our fibres, reimagining long-established weaving techniques and reviving traditional fair isle jacquard prints, to bring together these unique and striking designs.
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AW19 In The Press

AW19 In The Press

As the temperature continues to drop, many of us are preparing to wrap up warm for winter walks, skiing holidays, or just staying cosy by the fire. As we move into what Country and Town House has affectionately called 'Cashmere Season', we take a look at what luxury fashion commentators have had to say about our Autumn Winter collection over the past few weeks.
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Cashmere For Babies

Cashmere For Babies

Our customers often ask us if Cashmere is suitable for babies. In fact, this incredibly fine fibre is the ideal material to place next to your little one's delicate skin due to its super soft handle and unrivalled warmth. Since our finely crafted Cashmere products are also made to last, our Cashmere baby hats, booties and cardigans make the perfect gifts for your newborn.
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Christmas Gifting

Christmas Gifting

They say the best things come in small packages. So what better pocket-sized presents to slip under the tree this Christmas than our luxurious, gift-boxed hats, gloves and socks, made with the world's finest, ultra-soft Cashmere.
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A Christmas Journey

A Christmas Journey

Where will you journey to this Christmas? For some of us, it's the time of year to board planes or trains to visit loved ones; for others it's a time to travel to another era, curled up on the sofa watching a black and white movie. Wherever you find yourself this Christmas, we have a little piece of luxury for you to enjoy along the way.
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Modern Heritage

Modern Heritage

'Modern Heritage' is a term often used to describe the balance between history and innovation that exists within our business. However, what does it mean to the families behind Johnstons of Elgin? We sat down with the great-granddaughters of the company's founder and owning families to find out what Modern Heritage means to them.
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The Little Details

The Little Details

Timeless luxury. Effortless style. Our exquisite products may be uncomplicated to style and wear but a great deal of time and craftsmanship goes into the production of each piece. In this predominantly digital age, it's easy to lose sight of the skill and personal touches that go into making the highest quality clothing and accessories. Exactly how many hands does it take to make a Johnstons of Elgin product?
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The Rarer Wools Woodcut Design

The Rarer Wools Woodcut Design

Our AW19 pieces feature original woodcut graphics from a 1940s Johnstons of Elgin archive journal – The Rarer Wools by E.S. Harrison. Illustrated by W.R. Lawson the imagery brings to life key themes within the journal which depicts and explores animals of the world with the rarest fibres.
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Effortless Everyday

Effortless Everyday

No longer reserved for Sundays relaxing on the sofa, loungewear has raised its game. Elevated athlux pieces can take you from the school run to a country walk or from a lunch date to a long-haul flight. Our Effortless Everyday collection embodies this season's practical, comfortable approach to styling without compromising on luxury.
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Celebrating 222 Years of Johnstons of Elgin

Celebrating 222 Years of Johnstons of Elgin

October 2019 marks Johnstons of Elgin's 222nd birthday, offering the chance to reflect on our rich and diverse history, spanning three centuries. While all those twos make for a perfectly balanced cake decoration, they also remind us that things often happen in twos within our business.
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Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2019 Finalists

Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2019 Finalists

We are incredibly proud to announce that Johnstons of Elgin have been named as finalists in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2019 (HITA 2019). The acclaimed accolades, now in their 15th year, identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.
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Celebrating Wool Week

Celebrating Wool Week

The Johnstons of Elgin and merino wool stories are closely intertwined, with merino sheep first introduced to Australia in 1797, the same year Alexander Johnston established our family company.
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Spring Summer 2020: "The Artist"

Spring Summer 2020: "The Artist"

Vivid colours and abstract art make a bold statement in our Spring Summer 20 collection, "The Artist". Inspired by the cubist art of Pablo Picasso, and other artists of the early 1930s, contrasts of textures and patterns create a unique collection that celebrates what we do best.
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Who Is Alistair Guy?

Who Is Alistair Guy?

Photographer and influencer Alistair Guy has an eye for detail. Experienced on both sides of the camera, he has contributed to a number of notable British fashion magazines including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. As someone who looks for quality as well as design when it comes to fashion, the London-based style icon was the perfect choice to model our Autumn Winter 19 collection, inspired by the golden age of travel. We caught up with Alistair to talk trends, inspiration and career highlights.
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Made In Scotland

Made In Scotland

We are proud of our rich Scottish heritage, and all stages of our manufacturing processes continue to take place in our own mills, deep in rural Scotland. The thistle in our "wood cut" logo designed in the 1930's places that commitment to Scottish manufacturing right at the very heart of our identity.
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Cashmere Care Guide

Cashmere Care Guide

We take care in the production of our iconic cashmere knitwear, to give our customers beautiful, luxury products that can last for more than a lifetime. With a little bit of love and care, you can enhance the life span of your Johnstons of Elgin cashmere, and it's easier than you might think.
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Welcome to the Fife Arms Hotel

Welcome to the Fife Arms Hotel

With a history spanning three centuries and a keen commitment to innovation, it's little wonder we talk a lot about combining heritage with modernity at Johnstons of Elgin. So, to shoot our Autumn Winter '19 collection, what better venue than Braemar's breathtaking Fife Arms Hotel, where history meets modern art and taxidermy meets neon lights?
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The Golden Age of Travel

The Golden Age of Travel

Our talented designers take inspiration from all over the world to create our unique, beautifully crafted pieces. An exhibition of ocean liners, celebrating the romance and cultural impact of these mighty ships, sewed the seed for the creation of our show-stopping Tissue Print Scarf, in turn inspiring the theme of The Golden Age of Travel for our Autumn Winter edit.
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First Seen At London Fashion Week

First Seen At London Fashion Week

First seen at London Fashion Week, Johnstons of Elgin's Autumn Winter 19 collection takes traditional designs in a new direction, featuring our softest fabrics in new weights and colours. Inspired by the heyday of travel, when plane, steamship and motorcars offered new opportunities for adventure, double-faced matte cashmere, lightweight merino wool and intarsia knits are integral to the luxury collection.
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How Three Generations Of One Family Have Made Their Mark At Johnstons of Elgin

How Three Generations Of One Family Have Made Their Mark At Johnstons of Elgin

For Mike Mathieson, the sights and sounds of the textile industry take him back to his childhood, when his mother worked at our Elgin mill. Fast forward five decades and he and his talented daughters are all part of the Johnstons of Elgin story, making Carrie and Asia the third generation of their family to join our highly skilled team.
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Throws

Throws

Add a touch of luxury to your home with our Cashmere, Lambswool & Merino Wool Throws.
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Alan Scott Named One Of The Most Influential People In British Luxury

Alan Scott Named One Of The Most Influential People In British Luxury

We are proud to announce that our Creative Director, Alan Scott, has been named as one of The 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, appearing on The Walpole Power List 2019.
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Find Sanctuary in our Elegant Bed Throws

Find Sanctuary in our Elegant Bed Throws

Since most of us spend around one-third of our life asleep, it makes sense that the bedroom should be our ultimate sanctuary. Johnstons of Elgin's sumptuous Bed Throws, in Cashmere and Extra Fine Merino Wool, add warmth and luxury to the most important room in the house.
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Heritage, Expertise and Quality in Every Thread

Heritage, Expertise and Quality in Every Thread

Across three centuries Johnstons of Elgin has been sourcing the best in fibres, fabrics, technology and craftspeople, combining our heritage and expertise in every thread throughout our product range. As the only remaining vertical mill in Scotland, we take great care to ensure that, when we do work with fellow artisans around the world, our techniques, skills and attention to detail are closely aligned.
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The Value of our Cashmere

The Value of our Cashmere

The unrivalled warmth and softness of cashmere ensure its enduring reputation around the world, with scarves, jumpers and blankets in high demand. But with high street retailers marketing this coveted fabric at lower prices, you might wonder if one cashmere is much the same as any other. And what determines the cost of Johnstons of Elgin’s cashmere products?
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Innovation in Fibres

Innovation in Fibres

In the 18th Century, Alexander Johnston went to extraordinary lengths to source the most luxurious fibres in the world, voyaging as far as what many then considered the ends of the earth to pioneer the weaving of cashmere and vicuña in the United Kingdom.
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First Seen At London Fashion Week

First Seen At London Fashion Week

A month on from our triumph at London Fashion Week, the ripples of our success continue to be felt. Only this week, Forbes ranked Johnstons of Elgin among seven of the Best British Brands at the globally renowned event and highlighted our 'beautifully produced' Cashmere and Merino Wool designs. As fashion followers reflect on our showstopping Autumn Winter '19 pieces, we review the highlights of our recent press coverage.
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London Fashion Week, February 2019

London Fashion Week, February 2019

Gold cashmere and jewel-inspired tones give an Art Deco feel to our Autumn Winter 19 collection, which hit the runways of London Fashion Week this February. Inspired by the golden age of empire and travel, double-faced matte cashmere, lightweight merino and cashmere velour are key to the luxury collection.
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Introducing the SWH TEN25 Collection

Introducing the SWH TEN25 Collection

Today's top athletes are as revered off the pitch as on, making off-duty style a constant talking point. As Scottish rugby ace Stuart Hogg returns to training ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, we review the SWH Ten25 collection, a knitwear collaboration between Stuart and Johnstons of Elgin which combines contemporary design with unmatched luxury.
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Reasons to Love Cashmere

Reasons to Love Cashmere

Creative Director Alan Scott was interviewed by Barbara McMilan, fashion writer from The Telegraph, to find out why he believes cashmere is such a timeless and classic fabric.
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Behind the Design: The Paisley Scarf

Behind the Design: The Paisley Scarf

Paisley designs appear throughout the new collection, they imbue a feeling of luxury and elegance, and when used with the finest quality cashmere they create a thoroughly indulgent product. Paisleys have historically been made in Scotland, and we have hand-drawn new designs to offer a refreshed look on this iconic classic.
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Behind the Design: The Woodcut Scarf

Behind the Design: The Woodcut Scarf

Our super-soft AW18/19 collection scarf features original woodcut graphics from a 1940s Johnstons of Elgin archive journal – The Rarer Wools by ES Harrison. Illustrated by W.R. Lawson the imagery brings to life key themes within the journal which depicts and explores animals of the world with the rarest fibres.
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Travel in Style with Johnstons of Elgin

Travel in Style with Johnstons of Elgin

Travel the globe in style and comfort in our luxurious cashmere AW18/19 collection. Wherever your journey takes you, our ready to wear collection has a section of clothing, blankets and accessories to make travelling a first class experience.
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What Makes Our Cashmere So Special?

What Makes Our Cashmere So Special?

Cashmere is carefully combed from the underside of goats which are herded naturally on the steppes of Mongolia, China and Afghanistan. Severe winter conditions with temperatures, often below -30°C, encourage the goats to produce a light, downy undercoat which is combed out when it starts to "float" naturally in the Spring. Cashmere is the main source of income for the herders and sustains their unique nomadic way of life which has been carefully developed over hundreds of years.
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London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

In the stunning surroundings of the Palm Court at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel we hosted our first Spring Summer presentation - a year-round collection of new and cutting-edge lightweight fabrics.
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Private White x JoE

Private White x JoE

This season Johnstons of Elgin have collaborated with some of Britain's finest manufacturers to create two Limited Edition capsule collections.
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Make A Statement With Bold Primary Colours

Make A Statement With Bold Primary Colours

Transform your wardrobe with our seasonal knitwear and accessories, available in an array of paint box brights.
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Take An Exclusive Look Behind The Scenes At Our AW18/19 Campaign Shoot

Take An Exclusive Look Behind The Scenes At Our AW18/19 Campaign Shoot

In November 2017 the Johnstons of Elgin Design and Marketing teams took themselves and a selection of our exquisite AW18/19 pieces, fresh off our knitting and weaving machines in Hawick and Elgin, to the vibrant city of Glasgow for a five day shoot that brought together both indoor and outdoor locations to create a captivating and enticing world which showcases our latest collection.
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The Cashmere Stole

The Cashmere Stole

Coveted across the globe, The Cashmere Stole is the ultimate in luxury accessories. Stylish, versatile and effortlessly chic, these oversized pieces instantly add style points to any outfit.
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Gifting Made Simple with Personalised Monogramming

Gifting Made Simple with Personalised Monogramming

Perfect for weddings or birthdays, Christmas or christenings. Make gifting simple and personal with our inhouse monogramming service.
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Vicuña. The finest natural fibre in existence

Vicuña. The finest natural fibre in existence

Rich, lustrous Vicuña is the jewel in the crown of our fine fibre repertoire; the softest, most delicate wool in the world. Easily recognisable by its distinctive caramel colour and warm, pillow-like handle, Vicuña boasts a regal history spanning centuries and has been part of our story since 1849.
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One Town. Two Stories. Knitted Together

One Town. Two Stories. Knitted Together

In 2017 we celebrated our 220th anniversary by winning the prestigious accolade for Commitment to British Manufacturing at the Walpole British Luxury Awards. Now, in 2018, more than two centuries of making the finest cashmere and woollens are rewarded with a new winning partnership.
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Our Craftsmanship

Our Craftsmanship

There are in the region of 30 different processes involved in transforming raw fibre into luxurious Johnstons of Elgin finished products. Our cashmere, merino, lambswool and vicuña production is the work of artisans based on centuries of innovation.
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Our Fibre

Our Fibre

Only the finest natural fibres are used to make Johnstons of Elgin's products. Cashmere from Mongolia and China, and merino wool from Australia are lovingly cultivated to ensure they maintain their outstanding quality and durability.
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