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OUR STORY

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Extract from Johnstons of Elgin's Archive Books

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.

The Finest Fibres

The Finest Fibres

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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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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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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Kindred Spirits | Carolyn Milne

Kindred Spirits | Carolyn Milne

As we celebrate our milestone 225th anniversary, our Kindred Spirits series sees us collaborate with our fellow creatives; individuals and brands whose ethos mirrors and complements our own. Our partnership with Scottish artist and farmer Carolyn Milne focussed on British wool and took inspiration from Carolyn’s own paintings.
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Kindred Spirits | GarçonJon

Kindred Spirits | GarçonJon

Working under the moniker of GarçonJon, award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce has built an extensive portfolio that goes way beyond fashion, documenting his subjects’ individuality in an authentic and inspiring way.
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Kindred Spirits | Richard Gaston

Kindred Spirits | Richard Gaston

This season, we're embarking on a journey of collaboration with our Kindred Spirits – talented and skilled creatives whose ethos mirrors our own. We begin with Landscape Photographer Richard Gaston, who is as in love with the Scottish countryside as we are.
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Kindred Spirits | Sabina Savage

Kindred Spirits | Sabina Savage

Artist, animal lover and Print Designer Sabina Savage is a visual storyteller whose heritage-inspired collections bring history to life in a unique and creative way. To celebrate our 225th anniversary, we collaborated with Sabina to create stunning Cashmere Stoles depicting our success at London’s Great Exhibition in 1851.
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What is a Digital ID?

What is a Digital ID?

A Digital ID takes the form of a QR code inside a product, revealing information about the product's provenance and how to care for it. This traceability allows customers to understand the garment's journey from raw materials to store and to make considered buying decisions.
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Vicuña - The Jewel in our Crown for 173 Years

Vicuña - The Jewel in our Crown for 173 Years

The distinctive rich, caramel colour and soft, luxe handle set this natural wool apart from all others. Its rarity makes Vicuña the Rolls Royce of fibres – the jewel in our crown for almost two centuries.
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Considered Design | Our Recycled, Reusable & Recyclable Gift Boxes

Considered Design | Our Recycled, Reusable & Recyclable Gift Boxes

They say it’s the thought that counts, and we have put as much thought into the presentation of our luxurious Cashmere and Merino designs as we have into the clothing itself. Our new range of Gift Boxes is designed with the environment in mind, without losing any of the magic we all love to experience when we give or receive a gift.
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‘YOUNG SWALLOWS’

‘YOUNG SWALLOWS’

Johnstons of Elgin’s Sustainable Pasture Management course, managed for us by the Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA), will now reach many more students through web-based learning.
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Johnstons of Elgin & Ben Pentreath Collaboration

Johnstons of Elgin & Ben Pentreath Collaboration

Our brand’s roots are entwined with nature, and we have long taken design inspiration from the wild Scottish countryside, so a collaboration with master of bright colours, Ben Pentreath, held exciting chromatic promise for us.
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Our Little Travel Luxuries

Our Little Travel Luxuries

Discover our little travel luxuries, from travel wraps and throws to de-pilling combs and eye masks, everything you need to travel luxuriously.
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The Beauty of Now | Cherry Blossom

The Beauty of Now | Cherry Blossom

‘In the Cherry Blossom's shade, there's no such thing as a stranger.' - Kobayashi Issa. Celebrating The Beauty of Now is central to our latest collection, comprising Cashmere, Merino Wool and Cashmere Silk designs inspired by colours and textures found in nature.
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5 Reasons to Love Our Cashmere Hoodies

5 Reasons to Love Our Cashmere Hoodies

If you’re planning a wardrobe refresh, a sumptuous Cashmere Hoody is the only piece you need to add to your capsule. Here are five reasons to love our luxe loungewear must-haves.
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The Beauty of Now

The Beauty of Now

Sometimes the only place you need to be is exactly where you are right now. In our latest edit, we focus on the Beauty of Now - celebrating the exceptional quality and craftsmanship for which we are so well known. We introduce new colours inspired by nature and subtle design details which elevate our luxurious designs.
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Fibre Focus | Our Sumptuous Cashmere Silk

Fibre Focus | Our Sumptuous Cashmere Silk

Adding a touch of silk to our luxurious Cashmere and Merino Wool results in a cool, sleek hand feel that’s ideal for the warmer months. In addition to its smooth softness, silk is weightless, breathable, and exceptionally comfortable.
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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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Fine Fibres & Cashmere Care Guide

Fine Fibres & 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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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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Made With Love

Made With Love

Nothing is more precious than a newborn baby. So, what better gift to offer them than a future heirloom that’s as unique as they are? Our baby pieces are made to last so that they can be passed on to the next generation, and most of our baby products are knitted by hand using the softest, finest Cashmere – a luxurious yarn that’s perfect next to baby’s delicate skin. Our team of skilled craftspeople, tucked away in a quiet corner of our Elgin mill, make each piece with love for your little love.
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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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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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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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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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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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Cashmere Our Special Fibre

Cashmere Our Special Fibre

Nothing says luxury quite like soft, fine Cashmere, whether 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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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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Spilling the Tea on Cashmere and Wool

Spilling the Tea on Cashmere and Wool

As experts in fine fibres, we often wax lyrical about Cashmere, Merino Wool and Lambswool. But the difference between these luxurious yarns can be confusing, particularly for those shopping online who can’t touch and feel our products. To make choosing your next jumper or scarf more straightforward – and to fuel your next water cooler chat – we look at the questions we are most often asked about the differences between Cashmere and Wool.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wedding Gifting...Something Blue

Wedding Gifting...Something Blue

Our Stunning Cashmere Stoles are the perfect finishing touch for the bridal party and guest outfits, and with the option for bespoke personalisation a treasured keepsake.
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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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Add a touch of luxury with our Blankets & Throws

Add a touch of luxury with our Blankets & Throws

The most elegant of living spaces feature luxurious textures and refined designs. Johnstons of Elgin’s Throws in Cashmere, Merino Wool and the softest Lambswool, achieve this with ease and offer warmth and comfort too. Our plain, herringbone and paisley throws add colour and depth to any room, with each one designed, woven and finished in our Scottish mills.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Three Generations

Three Generations

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. Five decades on, 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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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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GarçonJon | New York City Style

GarçonJon | New York City Style

We asked GarçonJon to photograph a series of artists across the globe wearing and experiencing Johnstons of Elgin’s Cashmere designs. Matthew Woodruff is the Creative Director for bespoke and hand-tailored suit maker J. Meuser, based in New York's West Village.
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GarçonJon | London City Style

GarçonJon | London City Style

Japanese model and actor Takayuki has lived in London for 3 ½ years and has developed an affection for our heritage brand. 'I studied European history, and I love older brands. We have old temples and shrines in Japan that are really beautiful, but we can't shoot there, the rules are really strict. When I work with Johnstons of Elgin, I feel like I'm observing history, and I love it,' he said
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GarçonJon | Paris City Style

GarçonJon | Paris City Style

Our Unisex Cashmere Sweater takes centre stage, captured in Paris by GarçonJon, one of our Kindred Spirits.
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GarçonJon | Sam Salter | London City Style

GarçonJon | Sam Salter | London City Style

Our Unisex Chunky Roll Neck Cashmere Jumper is seen here on ballet dancer, model and West End performer Sam Salter. Photographed in London by GarçonJon as part of our Kindred Spirit series.
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