Brora at the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

early autumn preview

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.

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Brora’s Strawberry Tea Parties 2014

breast cancer

Brora has been busy! Baking and decorating tasty spreads for our Strawberry Tea parties in aid of raising money for the Breast Cancer Care charity.

Macmillan cancer care

Edinburgh

Millie's cookies

Islington

Primrose Hill bakery

Notting Hill

Last Friday, all 15 of our shops ran their teas throughout the day, offering customers sweet nibbles and prosecco to gorge on treats as they shopped, entered in the prize draws and mingled.

race for life

Can you spot the staff in Brora? 

Today, was the turn of head office. Brunch at the Brora H.Q was a sweet selection of cakes, cookies & cupcakes! Our ‘official head office bakers’ whipped up an enviable spread of home-baked goods.

Lola's Cupcakes

We ate…

Percy Pigs

…played games…

summer parties B.B.Q food

…and had a B.B.Q!

In total, the shops raised £683, £300 of which was through Wimbledon’s charitable efforts, and head office contributed £383. We’re ever so pleased to have been able to take part, and thrilled to have raised £1066! Well done everyone; both staff and customers!

If you haven’t yet done so, please make all contributions here. Thank you :)

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Tropic Skin Care comes to Brora!

Enjoy soft drinks and nibbles with the Beauty Therapists from the Exclusive Tropic Skincare and Make-up company as they make a special visit to our Sloane Square store on the 5th June. The Beauty Team will offer skincare advice, complete on-the-spot make-overs and by appointment mini facials (please note facials will be charged for).

The Apprentice

Tropic products smell delicious, are derived from 100% pure plant extracts, and naturally effective on all skin types.

“At Tropic, we believe that your skin is your greatest asset. As your largest organ, it deserves that extra TLC from outside as well as in. You should be able to trust what you put on your skin and for that reason, we are committed to using only premium, responsibly sourced natural ingredients. Handmade with the freshest ingredients, we have taken quality and freshness to a new level. Our mission is to provide efficacy, excellence and integrity in all that we do. From our responsible business practices to our customer service, we will continue to aspire to be the best we possibly can be for you and for our environment.”

Alan Sugar

At the tender age of 15, founder Susan Ma started selling her home-grown, natural scrub at her Greenwich market, Australia. Fast-forward seven years, Susan’s business is picked up by Lord Alan Sugar after making it to the finals on The Apprentice.

Book directly with our Sloane Square shop on 020 7730 2665, and ask for shop manager, Jennifer.

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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!

shop launch invitations

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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