Guest Writer: Benedict Browne
As I write this, I’m sitting in my flat in London with me, myself and I – it’s quite an atmosphere, let me tell you – and it’s been this way for two weeks now. The silver lining with this practice of self-isolation is that it has given us all an unprecedented amount of time to reflect, and for me what it’s shown loud and clear is that national unity and shared empathy, in the most inherently good way, are embedded deep within us all.
That might sound absurd to some, but through hardship, we come together, and history has proven that. While unity is now displayed through digital portals of connectivity – thank goodness for House Party, Zoom, WhatsApp and Instagram – we should all look out for one another, be with one another to the best of our capabilities and give thanks to one another.
While you might not be able to give your parents, siblings, partner and friends a hug, a kiss or a fist bump – whatever floats your boat – they can still feel your affection through other means. It’s perhaps here that Johnstons of Elgin, in my opinion, comes to the fore. After all, nothing says ‘I’m thinking of you’ or ‘I’m here for you’ more than a gift during these times, especially one rendered in cashmere no less.
Options are more than aplenty here, especially for men and with ourselves nestled at home, loungewear has perhaps never received so much attention. If you’re still wearing a suit, I applaud you, but I don’t envy you as seamless cashmere joggers are where it’s at. Time to get with the programme, I say, and this season Johnstons' navy iteration ticks all the right boxes. Sure, if you have a Zoom call with the boss, a shirt up top, like this superfine worsted merino wool polo shirt in slate, won’t cause any suspicion of torpidness, but downstairs, they’ll never know..