CLOTHES WITH MEANING & PURPOSE
Four generations after its gifting, our current Chairman Jenny Urquhart is delighted to welcome the return of this beautiful, lightweight shawl from the third generation of the Menzies family.
"We know our products are loved the world over and cherished for generations. However, this particular shawl is an extremely special one,' said Jenny, who is Edward Harrison's great-granddaughter.
‘It’s so super-light in weight; it demonstrates the innovation in our manufacturing capabilities so long ago. It demonstrates longevity, it has been well-loved, well worn, and it's a great reminder of our enduring quality. After all, this was presented at a ceremony of significance to the wife of the longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia.
‘What also excites me about this shawl is the level of detail written in the presenter's notes with relation to the manufacturing process. How this shawl was made was important to the reader and recipient back then. The words take us back to a time when clothes really had great meaning and purpose, long before fast fashion. I am hopeful that we are again moving to a place where sustainable manufacturing really does matter, and it matters the world over – from Elgin to Canberra and back again.’