HRH Prince Charles visits Johnstons of Elgin12/06/13
On Wednesday 12 June 2013, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visited Eastfield Mills, Hawick, the Borders home of international cashmere and tweed weaving specialists, Johnstons of Elgin. During the visit Their Royal Highnesses unveiled The Royal Warrant which has been granted by HRH The Prince of Wales to the company for the manufacture and supply of Estate Tweed cloth to the Royal household. Commenting on the visit, the official Grantee, Director, Mr James Sugden OBE, said: “The visit is a great honour for us all at Johnstons, and we are delighted to have been awarded The Royal Warrant. We have been weaving these cloths continuously in our mills for over 200 years and they are part of our heritage. In his capacity as Chairman of the “Campaign for Wool”, His Royal Highness has done a great service to the farmers of our British and Scottish wool by promoting the use of domestically grown fibre. And by wearing the tweed, he has reinvigorated an old trade, for which we are all grateful.”
During the afternoon visit to the mill, Their Royal Highnesses met many of the Johnstons of Elgin staff engaged in the make up of garments, as well as apprentices joining what is now an expanding trade. At the same time, five local Kelso hill farmers, growers of the Cheviot wool used in Johnstons of Elgin’s fine tweed, were introduced to His Royal Highness, and local bales of greasy wool were displayed for inspection.
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Previous press releases
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- Royal Warrant for Johnstons of Elgin11/01/13
- Moray Export Award07/09/12
- Johnstons of Elgin launches redesigned knitwear collection15/08/12
- Cashmere Visitor Centre Officially Opens in Hawick25/05/12
- Exhibition - Over 200 Years of Cashmere in the Making13/04/12
- Johnstons of Elgin Award Winners Announced12/04/12
About Johnstons of Elgin
Johnstons of Elgin manufactures the finest cashmere cloth, knitwear and accessories from its mills in Hawick and Elgin. When you see an authentic Johnstons of Elgin product, you can be sure it has been made in Scotland to a standard of quality synonymous with a company that has been manufacturing since 1797.
Johnstons of Elgin works with farmers in Inner Mongolia to source cashmere and the sustainability of the herds is a key element in the policy of maintaining good pastures to encourage the growth of the finest fibers. Accordingly Johnstons selects the finest luxury fabrics which are then processed through approximately 30 different manufacturing stages before reaching the finished product.
In both the knitting plant in Hawick and the weaving plant in Elgin skilled craftsmen and women ensure that skills preserved through generations of families are represented in the contemporary products made today.