During lockdown one ray of sunshine has been the drawings of rainbows adorning houses, buildings and buses. The rainbow has come to symbolise support for the NHS and frontline workers in the fight against Covid-19.
Johnstons of Elgin has used this symbol of hope as inspiration for a new limited-edition scarf design. The luxury Scottish cashmere manufacturer has just released a bold and beautiful Rainbow Scarf with £100 from each sale going to support the NHS. The super-soft scarf incorporates Johnston of Elgin’s signature gradient design so each bold colour gently and elegantly graduates into the next.
Johnstons of Elgin was established in 1797 and is one of the only mills of its kind in the UK that works with cashmere from raw fibre to finished product. The manufacturer has remained at the cutting-edge of cashmere and fabric production for more than two centuries and the smooth ombre finish of the Rainbow Scarf is only achievable thanks to an advanced Jacquard loom that allows Johnston of Elgin to weave intricate patterns from superfine materials.
Alan Scott, creative director at Johnstons of Elgin, says, “We felt it was important, now more than ever, to continue to support the UK’s response to the coronavirus. The Rainbow Scarf’s bright and colourful design is timeless; meaning those who wear it will always support a great cause while adding a splash of colour to their wardrobe. Thousands of shades were tested to find the perfect, fresh hues to inspire positivity and our team of designers have created a beautiful product that will inspire optimism for all who wear it. We say it is like a hug in colour, and whether you’d like to brighten a friend’s day, or perhaps gift yourself, our Cashmere Rainbow Scarf can help to put a spring in your step, while supporting a great cause.”
Johnstons of Elgin has also been producing scrubs at its Edinburgh mill for local hospitals and primary care centres.
Rainbow Scarf, £200; johnstonsofelgin.co.uk