Fibres entering the loom


With an extensive library of more than 7000 dyes, you'd be forgiven for thinking we already have all the colours we need to create our unique, high-quality designs. However, each collection demands its own palette, and Spring Summer 20’s edit 'The Artist' is no exception. 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.


Composition with Red Blue and Yellow by Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian, 'Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow', 1930, oil on canvas.

Piet Mondrian (1872 – 1944), was a pioneer of abstract art, using geometric elements and a combination of primary colours together with black, white and grey in much of his work. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century and is the inspiration behind the striking Mondrian Red featured in our men's Short Sleeve Plaid Polo Shirt and Herringbone Jumper this season, as well as our women's Herringbone Patterned Cape and Superfine Merino Wool twin set.

Yarn cones of Mondrian Red at Johnstons of Elgin


    Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri, Italy, by Jean-Luc Benazet.

    Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri, Italy, by Jean-Luc Benazet.

    The beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea, which surrounds the Island of Capri, inspired our crisp Capri Blue hue, first seen in our Spring Summer 19 collection. The shade transitions effortlessly into this year's art-inspired styles and the idyllic Italian island also fits the theme, as it has been a favourite haunt of great artists and writers for many years. Capri Blue features in our Spring Summer '20 women's Floral Hand Intarsia Jumper. Just one of these jumpers takes up to 16 hours to complete, using traditional hand laid intarsia techniques.

    Cones of fibre


      Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh

      Vincent van Gogh, 'Sunflowers' (F458), repetition of the 4th version (yellow background) Oil on canvas, 1889.

      There are few paintings as well-known as those in the iconic Sunflowers series' by Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) is among the most famous and influential painters in the history of Western art, although his work was not fully appreciated until after his death. He is renowned for his use of bold colours and dramatic brushstrokes, and also for his perceived madness. Our Sunflower Yellow shade, recurrent throughout 'The Artist' collection, is inspired by the yellows of Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings.

      Hand worker finishing an intricate piece


        Impression, Soleil Levant by Monet

        Claude Monet, 'Impression, Soleil Levant', 1872.

        Such is the significance of French artist Claude Monet, the Impressionist movement itself was named after his painting, 'Impression, Sunrise'. Monet (1840 – 1926) would paint the same scene during different seasons, highlighting the changes in light and colour. Spring Summer's Slouch V Neck Lightweight Cardigan, in the softest Cashmere, comes in the elegant pastel shade we named Monet Purple, in his honour.

        Different coloured yarns at Johnstons of Elgin

          So, what's in a name? The colours central to our latest collection give a nod to some of the all-time greats of the art world. The artists behind our collections are our designers, working closely with our skilled craftspeople and the best of innovative technology. 'The Artist' is their latest exhibition, a collection of eye-catching, effortlessly stylish works of art for your Spring Summer wardrobe.


          Choose any colour from our Artist's Palette and save 30% using code COLOUR, and to help share the joy we will send you a code to share with friends and family for 15% from a future offer.

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