Victoria at the Tunbridge Wells Shop

Kent shopping

Just been down to the lovely Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, to see what our fabulous builders have done over the past three weeks and what a transformation!

luxury boutique

Beautiful hand crafted rails, vintage inspired hand blocked wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, adorable children’s corner; it looks great.

Fine Scottish Cashmere

Now a few days to make it cosy and colourful with all our delicious winter stock. Should be all ready for the grand opening on Saturday. More news then!

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Let’s Celebrate: come and welcome Brora to Kent!

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Victoria attends Wool Week Launch Party

Royal Academy

Attending the launch party for the Campaign for Wool‘s Wool Week on Monday evening made me feel very proud to be a selected retailer and partner to this important event.

campaign for wool

The evening’s festivities were held at the Royal Academy, which is always a treat, and the mixture of art and wool was wonderfully played up.

royal academy of art

As I entered, the jumpers designed by students round the country were displayed for all to see and I loved seeing Brora’s wavy knit standing out in the crowd!

Scottish knitwear designer

I met up with Lindsay McQuarrie of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, who was our chosen knitwear student, selected after much deliberation and against fearsome competition. Her mood boards, knitted swatch and reference to the heritage of the British Isles won me over.

wool week

The jumper, made in a limited run of 100 pieces, is selling out fast so scoop yours up today!

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Brora Strawberry Teas

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cashmere jumper

Yesterday we hosted our very own Strawberry Tea in aid of raising money for breast cancer, and oh my did we put on a display. We decided to put on a ‘bake-off’ of sorts; no real winner, but secretly we each wanted to be the best cookie-maker or cupcake-baker. The only rule was that everything had to be homemade by the baker’s fair hands!

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Every sugary delight was one pound and people were free to take as many as their stomachs could hold, and their pockets could spare. Everyone was so amazed at how good the spread looked that there was no waiting until lunchtime or holding out for a late afternoon nibble, oh no, breakfast was cakes-a-plenty!

cooking and baking at home

Hummingbird’s red velvet cupcake recipe – always a winner amongst the sweet-toothed!

cakes and cookies

YUM! The googly owl eyes were made from Oreo cookies, and the milkshake cupcakes are also a Hummingbird recipe.

Supported by Breast Cancer Care UK, Strawberry Teas are an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer in a fun manner. Not exclusively by women, but for them, typically recognised as an event where communities come together and donate their time, money and baking skills. Click here to find out how you can host your own Strawberry Tea, there’s still time.

strawberry teas

The shops once again held their own individual teas too. Many really pushed the boat out and worked with other retailers in the surrounding community to donate goods such as jewellery, clothing and cosmetics for customers to buy with the proceeds going to the charity.

cancer research

The Wimbledon folks gave customers a mini concert with locals busking for the event – great stuff boys!

charity

Our Bath shop presented an abundance of coveted goodies for people to ogle, as well as complementary sweet treats and strawberry lemonade. Well done to all the shops on putting together such beautiful spreads for this great cause – we look forward to going bigger and better next year!

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20 Years of Luxury

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luxury Scottish cashmere designer brand

Founder and creative director at Brora since 1993, Victoria Stapleton is the original cashmere queen. Through an immense love of scenic country colours, and a passion for rich Scottish textiles, Victoria created a luxury British brand dedicated to U.K manufacturing, unrivaled quality cashmere and classic clothing for the entire family.

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I didn’t realise I would feel quite so emotional about our 20th anniversary; even now, as four weeks have passed, I’m truly moved by all that the business has accomplished. Looking back to that Friday 1st March, as I arrived at the Symons street flagship store to be welcomed by lovely 20th birthday windows, balloons, flowers, prosecco and delightful party cakes; it felt like the day we first opened again!

hummingbird bakery

There were lots of lovely customers flicking through the rails of our bright new collection, chatting, happy, all ages. Mothers with toddlers, husbands with wives, customers with tales of their first ever Brora purchase, old and young eager to find a gem to buy with the contribution of their £20 for 20 years vouchers. I met a customer from Melbourne, a lady from Brussels and another from Argentina!

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I’d like to say a very special thank you to all of the birthday bloggers who took part in celebrating this momentous occasion. The time they’ve put in, as well as the wonderful thought behind each and every post is amazing, and the relationships made are truly valued!

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It has been such a great 20 years and I in turn would like to further thank all our wonderful suppliers and my brilliant Brora gang who make it all happen! I’ve received emails and calls from work colleagues congratulating me on this moment, from manufacturers I’ve worked with for as many years and other people in similar businesses, all wishing Brora well. And most importantly, thank you to you the customers! I appreciate you joining us in celebrating twenty wonderful years of Brora…here’s to another twenty!

- Victoria

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