Destination 1: Scotland.
A country with over 3000 years of
Wool, tweeds, cashmere, tartan, paisley, jute, deer hide, leatherwork, bespoke silverware to name but a few materials Scotland excels in.
The lushness of the land begins the conversation of honor and appreciation, a slow luxury approach to crafting materials into goods.
“In Scotland, you see that luxury can also be coarse, dry, and hard. What’s interesting is that the younger generation understands that.” related Eric Jennings, Saks Fifth Avenue’s men’s fashion director, in a Wall Street Journal article featuring Scotland’s newest luxury brand at the forefront of Slow Luxury, Fraser Balgowan, and the current passion for Scottish luxury.
Textiles Scotland works with the textiles industry in Scotland to promote the best design, innovation and quality and has been working closely with Fraser Balgowan. Together with Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland, we hosted the first Slow Luxury Round Table on August 16, 2012.
International journalists and guests gathered for a round table cocktail showcase and conversation with Scotland’s most legendary, treasured and new luxury brands, such as Hawick Cashmere, Begg Cashmere, Eribe and Johnstons of Elgin. The presentation was moderated by luxury brand consultant and Slow Luxury co-founder, Jade Dressler. Stewart Roxburgh, senior executive at Scottish Enterprise and visionary advocate for Scotland’s textile industry, also presented and sees the many possibilities to bring Scotland’s best to a global audience.
Luxury and travel experts in attendance included writer Laurie Kahle, of Atelier magazine, who covered the event and The Fraser Balgowan Experience at Gleneagles for Forbes; writer Clint Brownfield for About.com/Honeymoons and celebrity and destination wedding event planner, David Beahm.
Legendary silversmith, Hamilton & Inches, displayed their exquisite work during bespoke design sessions and consultations between Slow Luxury co-founder and designer of Fraser Balgowan, Fiona Fraser and prominent journalists and tastemakers. The tastemakers included New York writer Cator Sparks, here modeling a spectacular sporran made by Hamilton & Inches, Read more about that event, Cator’s adventure and appreciation of Slow Luxury in Huffington Post’s Stylelist and an interview with Cator, here.