A Moment with Victoria…the cashmere poncho & Edinburgh!

Aran knitwear

Poncho Going Back to Sweden!

This very satisfied Swede with Victoria, is taking our cashmere Aran poncho in Platinum back home with her, ready for the cold season! This beautifully textured poncho is available in 3 other colours of Plum, Black and Forest; a perfect autumn palette for chic and snug styling.

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Burberry Prorsum Show at London Fashion Week.

Ponchos and blanket wraps were draped up and down the fashion catwalks for AW14; London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, all sashaying in luxurious fabrics, making such a remarkable statement. Burberry Prorsum exhibited a fantastic display with their woollen army of stylishly blanketed ladies. Like our lambswool blankets, these colour-blocked, equestrian blankets are made in Scotland, reinforcing their wonderfully British aesthetic.

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The Edinburgh shop dressed in new Early Autumn stock.

I love swinging by Edinburgh whenever I can, not just for the colourful patrons and my dedicated work staff in our local Brora shop, but for the dynamic culture this capital city has to offer! I regularly travel north to Scotland to our mills in Hawick and Elgin, often via the family home in Cumbria, however this time I’ve been lucky enough to catch goings on of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; an incredible three week celebration of the arts and entertainment.

Burberry equestrian blanket

Don’t forget to pick up your 4 ply cashmere poncho, in stores and online now!




Make Space for Early Autumn!

scottish cashmere

This autumn winter we open the door to colour, and challenge the season’s traditionally dark visage. Starting with a peek into the offerings of Early Autumn, we’ve selected cashmere and clothing suitable for the remains of summer, yet perfect for the coming transitional period, where we move into a fresher climate.

crumpet cashmere uniqlo jumpers united colours of benetton

Cashmere Biker Jacket in Cobalt; Cashmere Cropped Cardigan in Seville; Cashmere Pointelle Detail Jumper in Sulphur.

work shirts crop tops and bralets Harris Tweed

Fishing Fly Cotton Shirt; Helmsdale Chiffon Tiered Skirt; Linton Tweed Jacket.

Smoothly move into a new season with our three inspiring stories of Birdsong; romantic & feminine, Helmsdale; a focus on androgyny, and lastly, Nomad‘s boho-chic styling.

Fair Isle cashmere Heritage tweeds boho-chic, luxe traveller

So make some extra space in your wardrobe, and shop the Early Autumn collection, today!


DaniBP Visits our Mill in Scotland!

Johnston's Cashmere

Dani in the Brora archive room wearing our Sophie Dahl for Brora camisole and cashmere cardigan in Sea Holly (SS13).

Our favourite fashion & lifestyle blogger, DaniBP (a.k.a The Mop Philosopher), recently spent a few weeks across the pond in the U.K, travelling between Yorkshire and Scotland. After being given a tip off of her arrival by fellow Dani fan and journalist, Lori Anderson, we then proceeded to organise a very special trip for her to spend the day at our mill in the Scottish borders of Hawick.


With her family in tow; Mr BP, The Rascals and new member, Balmoral Bear, all bursting with excitement, Dani saw first-hand just how many processes are involved in bringing you the very best cashmere, as well as what’s to come for AW14.

cashmere cardigans

“To see Brora cardigans and jumpers travel through the factory, paying visits to all of the craftspeople was like following a riveting story…I was amazed at the concentration and skill displayed by each and every craftsperson in the mill.”

Click over to Dani’s blog here and read in full about her wonderful day learning all about our fabulous cashmere.


Sale Snippet: gingham checks like Bardot

cowgirl checks

Was £119 NOW £79!

Our graphic gingham skirt really does go with any and everything! This printed, all-purpose midi skirt is a key summertime item you’ll receive much joy from wearing, and the digital check design will be the cause of much admiration.

1950's fashion

Channel a bit of Bardot: Brigette, shot by Ralph Crane for Life Magazine, 1965.

cowgirl fashion trend

House of Holland SS14

This spring summer season, checkered prints in all there glory; plaid, tartan, gingham, have been striding down international catwalks in colourful and lively designs; an innovative nod to what’s referred to as the cowgirl trend, yet with a feminine feel.

Henry Holland SS14

Was £135 NOW £95!

Alternatively, our gingham shirt dress is a great summer holiday piece. Again, the same fabulous digital print reflecting a pixelated gingham design, it speaks to both the country lady and the modern woman. A sleeveless shirt dress is synonymous with sunshine, so our graphic number is not to be overlooked!


Brora at the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

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A sneak of the coming AW14 collection.

This weekend was the start of the much anticipated EIFF. The festival opened on Friday night with a catwalk showcasing Graeme Blacks cashmere collection. Then on Saturday and Sunday, our knitwear designers, Gilly and Emma, were part of the ‘Knit-a-thon’. They used domestic hand-flat machines to create 15cm squares with the public, there was also a hand-knitting team.

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

The idea was to create a patchwork blanket to celebrate knitting, joining Scottish and Scandinavian techniques. The finished blanket will be exhibited throughout the country starting at the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery in August.