You may or may not be pleased to know that this is not the place to come for tenuous posts about an impending royal birth. The post I happened to have planned for today though is in some ways fitting for the occasion because it is about something brilliantly British.
Ever since Chanel bought Barrie knitwear (saving them from the administrators) and then put on a lavish métiers d'arts show at Edinburgh's Linlithgow Castle last December, there has been a renewed interest in Scottish manufacturing, most specifically special Scottish jumpers. Stella Tennant, the aristocratic supermodel born and bred in the Borders, dominated the July issues of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In Vogue's shoot she was shown at her home in Berwickshire, snuggled up in a woollen Chanel jumper dress and socks, lounging on a blanket. The message doesn't get more loud and clear than that: Scottish wool is where it's at.
|Stella Tennant in July Vogue wearing Scottish knitwear by Chanel (via designandculturebyed.wordpress.com)|
How did ESK start?
How are you different from other knitwear brands?
Where did the ESK name come from?
Scottish fashion and manufacturing is having a moment after Chanel's show at Linlithgow last December. What is special about the Scottish way of doing things?
What makes the perfect piece of knitwear, do you think?
Is it very difficult to find spinners and knitters with the right skills for your business?
You have a very strong design aesthetic and there are some great quotes and photos on your website, what inspires you?
There are clothes and homeware… Is ESK a lifestyle?
What gems in Scotland would you recommend to somebody visiting for the first time?
The beautiful Valley of Tarras. The Dunmore Pineapple, House of the Binns and Blackness Castle and Culross are all not far from Linlithgow Palace. The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye are on our list to see.
|The Dunmore Pineapplae, how brilliant does this place look? (dunmoreperennials.co.uk)|
All ESK AW13 images courtesy of the brand