Scotland is very well known for their Scottish wool. People know of Scotland for other reasons of course, the scotch-whiskey, romantic castles, huge historic landmarks and the beautiful vistas but Scotland’s woolly designs are exceptional. I would love to visit myself. And I’d ask for the best place to buy a Scottish wool sweater. I wouldn’t dream of leaving without one.
For a small country, Scotland is responsible for an outsize portion of wool heritage. The harsh and sometimes extreme conditions in Scotland dictates the activities and by necessity requires a wardrobe that is hard-wearing, long-lasting, warm, and water-resistant. But beyond necessity, their soft triple-ply cashmere sweaters make an impression and are known to influence fashion designers around the world.
Engineered Garments’ creative director Daiki Suzuki designed the brands fall/ winter 2018-19 collection of cold weather separates in robust wool and printed tartan. It’s a very elegant wardrobe of day wear inspired by luxurious Scottish prints and textiles done in sensible Japanese designs.
The collection includes lovely cashmere sweaters, wool dressing gowns, tweed jackets, fly fisherman hats and tartan blankets. The Japanese design influence appears in the woolly aprons layered over jackets in the same tartan design, shrunken trousers, harnessed jackets and vests, and anoraks re-designed with deep front pockets.