What do you get when you mix one of the world’s greatest known artisans of cashmere and a contemporary minimalistic genius of a designer? The obscurely pleasant and highly conceptual collaboration entitled Murkudis Johnstons Collection for A/W 08/09. I can only wonder which photographer captured this collaboration so flawlessly. Commenting on the collaboration Kostas Murkudis said: “It is a pleasure to work with a traditional company. It felt quite natural to me to use and play with the rich heritage of Johnstons and logical to scan the light and landscape of Scotland and translate it into colours and surface.”
Johnstons has mills in Elgin in the Scottish Highlands and Hawick in the Scottish Borders. It is a private company which employs over 600 people in Scotland and has connections in over 50 countries. Johnstons is the UK’s last
remaining vertical woollen mill, the only one to carry out all processes from raw material to finished garments. Alongside its own label collection Johnstons supplies many of the world’s leading couture houses and fashion
independents including Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Last year to mark its 210th anniversary year the company unveiled a womenswear collaboration with Scottish designer Christopher Kane. Stockists of the Spring/Summer 08Johnstons/Christopher Kane cashmere knitwear collection include Harvey Nichols and Browns, London, Barneys, New York and Corso Como, Tokyo. The Johnstons/Christopher Kane collaboration Autumn/Winter 08/09 collection was shown at London Fashion Week in February 08.