Discover Johnstons of Elgin

Kindred Spirits

Celebrating our fellow creatives – talented, skilled craftspeople and artists whose ethos mirrors our own. We feel drawn to individuals and brands that share our core values - the craftsmanship, heritage, innovation and community focus that has driven our success.

24 Mar 2023

We Are Makers

‘We Are Makers’ is an aptly straightforward title for a project that champions craftspeople preserving traditional artistry. Kate and Jack Lennie are the makers behind the makers, providing a much-needed platform for talented creatives across the globe to share their inspiring stories. The ‘We Are Makers’ publication - a beautiful coffee table book showcasing artisans from watchmakers to sculptors - is about to launch its sixth edition. A podcast by the same name sees Kate and Jack travel to the makers’ workspaces to find out more about their unique businesses.

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17 Jan 2023

Yoshioka – Textile Dyer

Rooted in nature and with more than two centuries of experience, our Kindred Spirit brand Yoshioka is authentic and heritage-led. We connected with the Japanese textile dyer, discovering the many similarities in our values and ethos as Johnstons of Elgin celebrated 150 years of trade with Japan.

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03 Jan 2023

GarçonJon | New York City Style II

GarçonJon captured artist Fritz von Eric at home in New York, wearing our cashmere roll neck sweater, against a backdrop of contemporary design and historical architecture.

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12 Dec 2022

GarçonJon | Paris City Style II

Jonathan (GarçonJon) captured actor and model Gael Maxine on the streets of Paris against a backdrop of contemporary buildings and historical architecture.

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16 Nov 2022

GarçonJon | Sam Salter

Our Unisex Chunky Roll Neck Cashmere Jumper is seen here on ballet dancer, model and West End performer Sam Salter. Photographed in London by GarçonJon as part of our Kindred Spirit series.

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01 Nov 2022

GarçonJon | Paris City Style

Our Unisex Cashmere Sweater takes centre stage, captured in Paris by GarçonJon, one of our Kindred Spirits.

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10 Oct 2022

GarçonJon | London City Style

Japanese model and actor Takayuki has lived in London for 3 ½ years and has developed an affection for our heritage brand. 'I studied European history, and I love older brands. We have old temples and shrines in Japan that are really beautiful, but we can't shoot there, the rules are really strict. When I work with Johnstons of Elgin, I feel like I'm observing history, and I love it,' he said

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28 Sept 2022

Carolyn Milne

As we celebrate our milestone 225th anniversary, our Kindred Spirits series sees us collaborate with our fellow creatives; individuals and brands whose ethos mirrors and complements our own. Our partnership with Scottish artist and farmer Carolyn Milne focussed on British wool and took inspiration from Carolyn’s own paintings.

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20 Sept 2022

GarçonJon | New York City Style

We asked GarçonJon to photograph a series of artists across the globe wearing and experiencing Johnstons of Elgin’s Cashmere designs. Matthew Woodruff is the Creative Director for bespoke and hand-tailored suit maker J. Meuser, based in New York's West Village.

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