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Visit to Valverde del Camino, Spain
John and Nicola visit Valverde del Camino to see new ladies leather boots in production
Last week John and Nicola flew out to Seville to visit Pepe and his fantastic team of cutters and seamstresses who magically put together our high quality hand made leather and suede knee high boots. The parallels between the making up of these boots and the making up of our bespoke tailored garments was paramount. It all starts with selecting the suede or leather and then 100s of small processes of cutting shapes and stitching details on to the boots as well as the attaching and shaping of the soles. The tools used were beautifully old fashioned much like our famous scissors and metre sticks but they sat alongside complimenting the modern technology used for branding our leather. We use Vibram soles for our
Chocolate Leather Waterproof Boots
which is the highest quality outdoor sole on the market. It was wonderful to see the whole process as some of our boots were whirring along production during our visit.
We left armed with information for our next order and with endless suede and leather possibilities, watch this space!
Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen
HM The Queen Bestows Royal Warrant on Iconic Tailoring and Countrywear Business
Campbell’s of Beauly
One of the oldest established tailoring specialists in the Highlands, Campbells of Beauly, established in 1858, have been granted the Royal Warrant for supply of tailored goods to Her Majesty the Queen.
The workshop in Beauly has for many years been making suits for the Balmoral Estate and the company has held two previous Royal Warrants since the 1960’s. In particular, those for the late HRH The Prince of Wales (later The Duke of Windsor) as well as HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The grantee, Mr James Sugden OBE, has worked in the industry for over 50 years and Campbell’s was acquired by his Son and Daughter in law John and Nicola Sugden in 2013 from the Campbell family. As well as a thriving tailoring workshop the business boasts a unique retail emporium specialising in knitwear and tweed garments, many of which are made in Scotland and the UK.
John Sugden, Director said ‘Nicola and I are absolutely delighted for all the team here at Campbell’s as this is such a wonderful reward for all their hard work and attention to detail. Many of the team have worked here for over 20 years and this is the perfect recognition for their dedication and loyalty. The first people we shared the news with were the Campbell family and Tom Owen our Head Cutter for over 40 years who were all delighted.’
Visit to the Outer Hebrides
Following the success of ITVs
Tales from the Coast with Robson Green
we thought we'd share some pictures from our similar trip to Harris and Lewis at the end of last year, it truly is a magical place to visit. The Campbell's team headed off on the CalMac ferry in the iconic Land Rover Defender to Stornaway. We were joined by mascot cocker spaniel sisters 'Islay' and 'Sula' and started our four day trip with a tour and tasting session at the famous
Harris Gin Distillery
which was fascinating, informative and executed in an innovative way. You really can taste the flavouring from the hand dived sugar sea kelp coming though the gin, giving a slight saltiness. The sugar kelp is supplied by Lewis Mackenzie photographed below who also took Robson Green out to view the local wildlife, we were lucky enough to also see the stunning Sea Eagle, and I was delighted with my photographs of it mid-hunt.
The main reason for out trip was to find some stunning Harris Tweeds to take back to the Highland Tweed House and share with our customers. Margaret Macleod of
Harris Tweed Hebrides
looked after us beautifully, with a private tour of the factory we were able to see the entire process unfold infront of us, dyeing, spinning, design and pattern making, to the distribution of the work to the 10's of local 'cottage industry' weavers in the islands and then the finishing process where the woven cloth comes back to the factory where it is washed, pressed and finally stamped with the Harris Tweed orb - all under careful supervision from the Harris Tweed Authority. We caught up with legendary Donald John Mackay of the
Luskentyre Tweed Company
who gave us a lesson on peddling a single width traditional loom - it certainly is a workout and a half.
Client day out at balvaird
This set of photos is taken from the Campbell's shoot day back in January '16. We took some of our loyal Estate teams on a small pheasant and partridge shoot near Tomatin, Inverness-shire. The weather was crisp, with snow on the tops and the sun shone through at times. A great day was had by all.
Visit to Islay Woollen Mill
The Campbell's team visited the famous Islay Woollen Mill. Accompanied by James Sugden OBE and their mascot cocker spaniel 'Islay' they had a private tour of the mills and the archives.
Established in 1883 the Islay Woollen Mill, much like Campbell's of Beauly, is a traditionally run family business and is the only mill on the island of Islay.
Located on the West coast of Scotland, the mill creates and designs tweeds using two looms that date back to Victorian times. In fact much of the machinery in use today is unique and historical and the mill is well worth a visit.
Gordon and Sheila Covell work alongside their son Marcus to produce unique and exciting tweeds for commercial use as well as private and exclusive designs for Estates.