Johnstons of Elgin
When Alexander Johnston established the Elgin mill on the banks of the River Lossie more than two centuries ago, so began a story of fine craft and exquisite fabric entwined with nature’s elements, which put Scottish textiles on the global map. Today Johnstons of Elgin lead the world in cashmere and fine woollens, sourcing the finest raw fibre available and supplying the world’s top luxury brands.
Cashmere is recognised as one of the most prized and precious commodities in the world. Buying directly from the producers, only the highest quality fibres are accepted, painstakingly hand-combed from the supersoft, downy under-fleece of cashmere goats in Mongolia and China. The finest merino is sourced from Australian sheep, whose soft luxurious wool creates exquisite woven fabrics and knitted garments. These fine natural fibres are taken from their raw state, through every stage of the process, to the perfectly finished pieces by Johnstons of Elgin, who are the only manufacturer in Scotland to have this capability.
The Hawick mill, at the hub of the Scottish knitting industry, carries forward the Johnstons of Elgin tradition in luxury knitted apparel and accessories. Age-old weaving techniques are combined with the latest technology in the Elgin mill to produce unrivalled quality woven accessories, throws and fabric. The techniques and skills, ever present in all stages of the process, are passed down from generation to generation. This, combined with the introduction of new technology, ensures constant renewal and evolution in the business, allowing Johnstons of Elgin to stay at the head of the industry.
Some members of staff have more than 50 years’ service – a wealth of knowledge, which is invaluable within the business. Johnstons of Elgin strive to uphold and develop these techniques with training schemes and have recently opened a Training Centre in Hawick. This gives the next generation the opportunity to master the necessary skills and continues the centuries-spanning tradition for the next two hundred years.