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Johnstons of Elgin hires creative director

Scottish cashmere manufacturer Johnstons of Elgin has appointed Alan Scott as creative director with immediate effect.

Alan Scott

Scott has 27 years of design experience, most recently as a consultant and freelance stylist in the UK and Paris.

He has previously held a number of design or creative director roles, including at luxury Italian fashion firms Loro Piana and Trussardi.

His CV includes stints as womenswear design consultant for Barbour from 2009 to 2011, consultant men’s creative design director for Joules from 2010 to 2011 and menswear design development director for Donna Karan from 1990 to 1997.

He was also programme leader for fashion product and promotion at the University of Sunderland from 2009 to 2013 and an external examiner for Central Saint Martins from 2007 to 2010.

Scott said: “I feel very privileged to be appointed as the creative director for Johnstons of Elgin, one of the most prestigious vertical cashmere producers in the world today. I am very excited about the future of the Johnstons of Elgin brand and to develop further its well-deserved position in the luxury market.”

Johnstons is one of the few remaining vertical mills in the UK, importing raw cashmere, producing woollen fibres and creating the finished product. It employs nearly 1,000 people.

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