We’re Heading to New York, New York!

New York Fashion Week

Photo credit, @victoriapilkington67

We’re thrilled and overjoyed to be announcing our hop, skip and a jump across the pond to America’s fashion capital, New York – fabulous Madison Avenue to be specific! This bustling city of fine art, culture and fashion is now home to our very first Brora shop in the United States, ready and open for business from early November.

Yellow taxi

Photo credit, @victoriapilkington67

For two years Victoria and her heads of retail have taken numerous trips back and forth, searching for the perfect location that has the necessary surroundings, yet more importantly, missing Brora’s distinctively luxurious, British presence! Central Park is only a few blocks away, the Guggenheim is a stone’s throw from us and upscale Sarabeth’s; a trendy restaurant that’s a small slice of home, serving homemade jams and savoury goods, ideal for a quick, light brunch.

Trendy New Yorker

“Only on Madison Avenue”: Photo credit, @victoriapilkington67

New York winters are a regular mix of harsh, cutting ice and snow with plummeting, sub-zero temperatures and mini hurricane winds! All integral components for our sumptuously snug cashmere knitwear and accessories; wouldn’t you agree?

Guggenheim Museum

Under construction, ready for early November.

Visit the blog regularly for more updates on our ‘Madison Avenue takeover’, and if you or anyone you know would be interested in a position within our New York shop, please click here for more information on applications. We’d be delighted to have you.

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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.

blanket wraps

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.

cashmere boutique winter jumpers Johnstons cashmere

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!

 

 

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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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On Your Bike!

tour de france

Our cashmere bike sits inside Harrogate train station with a complimentary copy of our summer magazine for passengers to read on their travels.

Magnifique! Getting into the spirit of things, Harrogate have put their knitting skills to the test with their very own cashmere bicycle in celebration of next month’s Tour de France race, starting at Leeds through to Harrogate. Tres bien! :)

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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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