Stories / October 2019

Johnstons of Elgin's giant-killing yarns

From acorns come mighty oaks, and in Johnstons of Elgin comes a knitwear specialist ready to take on the biggest and best in men’s fashion.

You'd think that it would be the ateliers of Paris or the mills of Tuscany that would be responsible for some of the finest knitwear in the world, but the small and ancient village of Elgin in the Royal Burgh in Moray, Scotland, would argue different. It's here that Johnstons of Elgin, the 222-year-old knitwear brand, calls home, producing some of the finest and most sustainable knitwear in the world. Johnstons is responsible for a staggering 350 tonnes of cashmere a year (plus around 60 tonnes of Merino). The cashmere is not shaved but combed, creating a handle of unbelievable softness and world-renowned quality.  

Fed by the River Lossie, the mill in Elgin is a stunning working monument to the great heritage of this family-run company. With ultra-fine jacquard looms, Johnstons are able to make more defined jacquard patterns, perfect for re-creating the most beautiful hand-drawn artworks. This season's collection features stunning ribbed detailing, intarsia knits and striking pops of lava orange that take you from fireside to hillside. Chic neutrals in the softest cashmere and daring, vibrant accessories combine luxury, warmth and style whether you're winding down at home or are creating a chic layered look for winter climes. Furthermore, Johnston's sports-inspired loungewear provides fashion with function: bold orange, bright blue and classic neutrals are woven throughout, while refined border details and oversized checks add a playfulness to the collection.

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Ryan Thompson