Alexander Johnston established the Elgin Mill on the banks of the River Lossie in Scotland over two centuries ago, in 1797, founding a legacy of fine craft and exquisite fabric.
The original mill produced linen, flax, oatmeal and tobacco but Alexander Johnston introduced textiles and phased out the original products. Johnston pioneered the use of tweed for camouflage and the style became known as 'Scottish Estate Tweeds'. The company has been awarded the Royal Warrant of Appointment as manufacturers of Estate Tweed for H.R.H The Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay.
The Johnston's mill is the only one in Scotland to carry out the processes of dyeing, spinning, weaving and finishing all on one site thus making it the only vertical mill still standing in Scotland where they continue to make their gorgeous textiles for fashion and home interiors from only the finest of yarns sourced around the world. Their woven and knitted sumptuous products have been lovingly produced by devoted and skilled craftspeople, some of who have been honing their skills with the company for almost 50 years. The experience and tradition rooted in the company's history has been passed down through generations to ensure they are preserved and represented in their products made today.
We admire that Johnston's of Elgin prioritises the preservation of traditional craft, doing their utmost to ensure the conservation of these special, increasing rare, skills. We also love the way in which they honour the company's heritage and the provenance of their luxurious products, choosing to stay true to its Scottish roots and manufacture no where else but in Scotland - something very in keeping with AUTHOR's ethos.
Johnston's of Elgin are a family run business that have always treated their talented team of craftspeople with the upmost respect and support that they deserve which is another reason why we are delighted to feature their pieces.