Lonely Planet describes Peru as 'as complex as its most intricate and exquisite weavings'. It fits then that the skylines of the South American Republic were the inspiration for our stunning woven Cashmere Ombré Stole, among the hero pieces of this season’s vibrant collection.
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.
Our design department and dyehouse worked closely together to create a unique blend of shades for our stunning Ombré Stole. They wanted each of the four colour options for this iconic accessory to reflect the azure and natural landscapes of various South American skylines. One of our talented designers visited Peru on a personal trip and came back armed with numerous photographs of spectacular sunsets, which the team poured over to achieve the perfect impression for this season’s interpretation of our Cashmere Stole.
Peru's status as a megadiverse country, exhibiting great biodiversity, means its colour palette is expansive. Our Ombre Stolé in seamless dark hues reflects our heritage while brighter shades offer a contemporary vibe. Multiple tones of fine Cashmere yarn were used to create the flawless transition of colours.
Natural, biodegradable and renewable Cashmere is heat-regulating and robust as well as super soft. Its inherent antibacterial qualities mean it doesn't require washing as frequently as synthetic fibres, and when cared for well, it can last for many years. Our Cashmere Stole can be worn around the shoulders as a cover-up or an extra layer. Alternatively, it can be tied at the neck in the manner of a traditional scarf.
Lonely Planet suggests trekking in Peru is trekking for the view of a lifetime. Our iconic Ombré Stoles capture this beautifully. Browse these unique designs, and other styles in our Origins collections or visit our stores at New Bond Street, London and throughout Scotland.