Recently, Johnstons of Elgin, a woolen mill in Elgin, Scotland, that specializes in luxury fabrics was issued the royal warrant of appointment to the Price of Wales. Royal warrants indicate that a company has provided high -quality goods or services to members of the British royal family for at least five years. Johnstons of Elgin was issued their warrant for developing custom tweeds for Prince Charles, and given the history of the company, their royal connection is unsurprising.
For over 150 years Johnstons of Elgin has pioneered the weaving of not just cashmere, mohair, and angora but also the ultimate luxury fibers, vicuña and guanaco. (In fact, it was this company that introduced vicuña fiber to Europe.) Along with their luxury fibers, Johnstons of Elgin is also known for their development of Estate Tweeds, something made popular by Queen Victoria. Each Estate Tweed pattern was indicative of a specific estate and also served as a camouflage while hunting. Today, Johnstons of Elgin is the last woolen mill in the United Kingdom to carry out all the processes from raw material to finished garment.