Member of the Week | Johnstons of Elgin

The Johnstons of Elgin story, spanning seven continents and three centuries, knits together authenticity, expertise and quality. The company was awarded the prestigious accolade for Commitment to British Manufacturing at the Walpole British Luxury Awards 2017.

Originating in the heart of Scotland at the height of the industrial revolution, defining higher levels of comfort and style through craft and technology, this is a story of industrial luxe. Of the only vertical mill in Scotland, where every step of the process is carried out, from raw fibre to finished product. The mills in Elgin and Hawick employ over 1,000 people, including highly skilled textile craftsmen and women.

Following on from the well-received Spring Summer 2019 collection global launch at London Fashion Week 2018, Johnstons of Elgin will open a new flagship store on Edinburgh’s prestige shopping street, Multrees Walk, in 2019. The new space, over two floors, will house women’s and menswear and homeware.

The store will become the brand’s flagship in Scotland, joining a family of Johnstons of Elgin retail spaces including Elgin, Hawick, St. Andrew’s and London’s flagship on New Bond Street.  The brand continues to expand across the UK, with a presence in Harrods and, internationally, in KaDeWe, Berlin and Joyce, Hong Kong.

The Autumn Winter 2019 collection is inspired by the golden age of Empire and travel – the 1920s and 30s – when one of the company’s founding owners, Edward “Eddie” Harrison, made the travel rug the must-have accessory for the everyday adventurer. The Johnstons of Elgin story is woven into this collection, exploring postcards and textiles from distant destinations; sources of rare fibre and inspiration from the edge of the old Empire.

It’s a timelessly modern collection referencing artisan techniques to showcase style, decadence and sophistication. Where classicism and modernism live together, giving a new life to historic concepts and designs.

Johnstons of Elgin is featured as part of the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury. To view a digital version of the book, please click here. To find out more about featuring in the 2020 edition, please click here or email: rosie.mason@thewalpole.co.uk