Royal Warrant for Johnstons of Elgin11/01/13
11th January 2013, Johnstons of Elgin, the largest independent producer of Scottish Woollens and fine cashmere products has been granted The Royal Warrant of Appointment to The Prince of Wales with effect from the 1st January 2013. Receiving this news immediately after the annual winter mill holidays, Group Managing Director, James Dracup, announced the Appointment to a delighted workforce this week. Commenting on the news, Mr Dracup said: "We have worked for 5 years through the good offices of James Sugden OBE, the official Grantee, who, assisted by John Gillespie, has developed a number of very special tweeds for His Royal Highness.
Pictured outside the famous Mill Shop in Elgin are Mr James Dracup and Mr James Sugden. Mr Sugden added: "It is a privilege and a pleasure to work on commissions for His Royal Highness who, above all, understands and appreciates the importance of quality in manufacture. I learnt a lot about tweed from our former chairman, Ned Harrison, and while at times making these fabrics for the Scottish Estates can be a somewhat quixotic trade, its nonetheless very rewarding in a creative sense, and receiving this Grant of a Royal Warrant is of course a singular honour for the company.
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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.