Johnstons of Elgin are known for their extraordinary cashmere products which have been proudly manufactured in Scotland since 1797. Johnstons of Elgin cashmere is renowned worldwide for its quality, resilience and outstanding provenance, with all of their products lovingly created and hand-finished with the utmost care and attention. We offer a fantastic range for both men and women, so why not finish off your look with a soft and cosy Johnstons of Elgin scarf?
Johnstons of Elgin are known across the world for their exquisite cashmere and woollen products. A proud family-owned business to this day, it was founded in 1797 when Alexander Johnston established the Elgin mill on the banks of the River Lossie. Over two centuries later, Johnstons of Elgin is still based at the original Elgin mill site, with the addition of a second Hawick mill which opened in 1981. Heritage and craftsmanship are at the heart of this Scottish company that celebrated 222 years in business in October 2019.
The finest natural fibres are sourced to make Johnstons of Elgin products, whether its cashmere from Mongolia or merino wool from Australia. Supplying the world’s top luxury brands, Johnstons of Elgin never make compromises on quality. They are the only manufacturer in Scotland to have the capability to take raw natural fibres, such as cashmere, through every stage of the manufacturing process and turn them into perfectly finished garments, made in Scotland.
Dedication to detail and quality is inherent to Johnstons of Elgin. From fibre sourcing to dyeing and carding, through to weaving, finishing and packaging, about 33 skilled people are involved in the manufacture of a single Johnstons of Elgin scarf, and up to 37 people contribute to the production of a single jumper or cardigan. Also, in a practice exclusive to Johnstons of Elgin, the carding process is done twice to ensure the cashmere and fine wool fibres are as soft as possible.
The local community is central to Johnstons of Elgin and some employees have worked for the company for over 20 years. Craftsmanship skills are passed down through generations and over 100 of the team have been trained through the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme. >
As well as investing in people, Johnstons of Elgin is focused on increasing its sustainability by using 100% renewable electricity. There are also advantages of having mills that use the soft waters of the Rivers Lossie and Teviot, allowing Johnstons of Elgin to use very few chemicals compared to other countries while creating the world’s softest cashmere and wool products. Ethics and integrity are part of this brand’s DNA.