Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cashmere....

and where does yours come from?

In recent years cashmere has become a lot easier to find on the high street from department stores to high street shops. Most of the time it is cheaper than other cashmere items but the quality isn't as good. Cashmere is an investment and with care can last for many years. My two favourite brands of cashmere are Brora and Johnstons of Elgin. Both of which are still made in Britain.

Brora shares it's manufacturing with Johnstons of Elgin. Brora's cashmere is made at the Johnstons of Elgin mill in Hawick. Brora has 14 stores throughout the UK and also an online shop. Brora was created by Victoria Stapleton in 1993 it offers modern cashmere and clothing mainly made in Britain. Brora blog

Johnstons of Elgin - Made in Scotland since 1797. Johnstons of Elgin is the oldest cashmere mill in Scotland. They offer classic clothing and cashmere accessories Made in Scotland. I visit the Johnstons of Elgin cashmere visitor centre in Hawick regularly. It's a lovely place to browse through the collection and also to enjoy afternoon tea.

This information is taken from the care card that came with my scarf. Johnstons of Elgin has been producing the finest quality cashmere and fine woollen goods since 1797. Traditional craftsmanship and refined Scottish design, together with luxurious and sophisticated fibres, remain the foundation of the company's products and success today.

Johnstons cashmere, the most luxurious fibre imaginable, comes form the farthermost reaches of inner Mongolia. The physical properties of cashmere, the soft downy undercoat of the cashmere (originally Kashmir) goat, explain it's supreme desirability. Johnstons cashmere products are designed and created in Scotland. We use our pure Scottish water to wash the cashmere, ensuring an immaculate finish. Experience the indulgent softness of cashmere and wrap yourself in luxury.

The very first purchase I made from Johnstons was this scarf. Johnstons used to have a small retail shop in Corbridge. I purchased the scarf in 2010 and it's so lightweight and cosy. I plan on purchasing a few items to create a set.




I really love the quality of the things I own and knowing where they come from is a real bonus. Johnstons now have a Royal Warrant too.

These navy and grey herringbone gloves were purchased Autumn last year when I was in Hawick. These are a longer length than the Brora gloves I have owned. 


I plan on adding some grey or navy cashmere to my collection soon so I have a complimenting set.

I store all my cashmere items in a drawer with lavender pillows I purchased from Folksy. There are many other things you can use to prevent moths from ruining cashmere or wool in general. Brora offer a range of products to care for your cashmere items.

With the cashmere items I own I believe I am buying the best and I don't need a drawer filled to the brim with woollens. I feel two full sets of hat, scarves and gloves are enough. If one pair of gloves is being washed I always have a spare.

Do you own anything by Brora or Johnstons of Elgin? I would love to hear your thoughts and what your favourites are.

- Louise 

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