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Johnstons of Elgin: 215 years in the making
Cashmere, the finest fibre in existence, has been prized throughout the centuries for its warmth and softness. As popular with climbers scaling Everest as it is with those simply following the latest fashion trends, cashmere is a true luxury product - and one that will be irrevocably associated with the Johnstons of Elgin name.
The process begins in the farthest reaches of Mongolia, where the raw material is combed my hand from the downy undercoat of the rare cashmere goat. From there, the fibre is shipped to the same site that the company has occupied since 1797, the cashmere is dyed, teased, carded, spun and hand-finished by the latest generation of Elgin craftsmen. And, though the enterprise now covers 20 acres, employs 790 people and utilisies some of the most advanced textile equipment in the world, the basic production process - and the superior quality of the end product - has changed very little since the company's founding.
Visit our shop in St Andrews
While touring the Kingdom of Fife, visit Johnstons of Elgin on Pilmour Links in St Andrews for a unique chance to purchase your own piece of Johnstons cashmere, lambswool or tweed. The staff are all experts in their trade, offering an outstanding service and advice on colour and style. You can be assured a warm welcome.