In the past Scotland had the Hellfire Club which was a nefarious upper class sex and drinking den and today it has 'The Scottish Cashmere Club' where people dedicate themselves to the promulgation of the very finest kitten soft knitwear.
As shop rails become packed with cheaper Chinese cashmere which lasts for months rather than a lifetime and is more likely to pill and fade, The Scottish Cashmere Club has been formed to guarantee that their cashmere is the very best in the world. Scottish mills such as Johnston's of Elgin weave cobweb fine knits for Burburry, Hermes, Brora, Louise Vuitton and Mathew Williamson whilst Hawick Cashmere toil at the loom for Pringle, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Christopher Kane and Duchamp
Chanel breathed new life into The Auld Alliance when they saved Barrie based in Hawick in the Borders from liquidation this autumn.
Bruno Pavlovsky of Chanel explained:
'Without Barrie, Chanel would not have most of its iconic knitwear range and neither would about 100 other customers. What they do is amazing, which is why we bought them. We couldn't afford to lose that."
Chanel show at Linlinthgow Palace, December 2012 - minus 3, no roof and snowing, oh the joy.
So, you have no doubt heard of Skull & Bones, the elite Yale (ahem not 'Boston Polytechnic' - thanks Gentleman Farmer!) club where initiates have to lie naked in a coffin and reveal their darkest secret to their 'brothers'? The B&P Club now asks you to reveal your most heinous fashion faux pas (I've got about 100, it would take all night and a bottle of Veuve to loosen my lips.)