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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 Cashmere is renowned for its luxurious, super soft handle and unrivalled warmth. Yet we are often asked if this incredibly fine fibre is suitable for babies. It's the ideal material to place next to your little one's delicate skin, making Cashmere hats, booties and cardigans the perfect newborn gift.
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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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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reducing clothing consumption by buying better quality garments and wearing them for longer is the single biggest change we can make to reducing the environmental impact of our wardrobe. Using natural animal fibres with inbuilt antibacterial properties also means less washing and lower temperature washing.
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Investing In People

Investing In People

People are at the heart of everything we do. In a world where businesses are increasingly office-focused, and processes are more becoming automated, we work hard to attract the right individuals into our hands-on apprenticeship programmes. We share skills passed down through generations, while providing training in cutting-edge technology, to allow our highly skilled craftsmen and women to produce the finest quality products.
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Fewer Chemicals

Fewer Chemicals

"Vertical" textile manufacturing is where each component of a product is supplied to the next stage in the process within a single location. As Scotland's only vertical mill, we dye, spin, weave and finish all our products on site. As a result, we have absolute control over what goes into our products and what goes out during our processes.
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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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Our Work On Cashmere Sustainability

Our Work On Cashmere Sustainability

Johnstons of Elgin is one of three founding members of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA), a non-profit international organisation, formed in 2015 to work with the extended cashmere supply chain, from herders to retailers. With a focus on restoring grasslands, ensuring the well-being of animals, and securing herders’ livelihoods, the SFA funds specific programmes in Mongolia to train communities and promote sustainability. Our Chief Executive sits on the SFA board and is an active participant in many SFA initiatives.
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Our Fine Wools

Our Fine Wools

At Johnstons of Elgin, we are proud to work with many different natural fibres including vicuna, cashmere and wool. Our very first products included woollen “scouring” blankets made using the fleeces of local sheep and sold to our local hospital in Elgin. Today the wools we use are amongst the finest in the world and make the most incredibly soft, comfortable and desirable products.
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Our Cashmere

Our Cashmere

Johnstons of Elgin is synonymous with the world's finest cashmere. Our rich history and experience spanning three centuries make us experts in our field, and we are proud to work with sustainable, renewable and biodegradable natural fibres.
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The Natural Choice: Cashmere & Fine Wool

The Natural Choice: Cashmere & Fine Wool

Today's fashion industry offers consumers more choice than ever before, but many of these choices come at considerable cost to the environment. Considering the long-term impacts of high-fashion throw-away clothing it's no wonder so many people continue to invest in well made, high-quality products that will stand the test of time. When choosing the fibres of your future wardrobe, cashmere and fine wools are smart choices.
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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

Vicuña has been part of the Johnstons of Elgin story since 1848. One of the first companies to introduce the fibre to Europe, Johnstons of Elgin was awarded a medal for its vicuña shawls at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.
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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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