Craftsmanship, Quality and Contemporary Design
I’m Flora Collingwood-Norris, knitwear designer, maker and everything else at Collingwood-Norris, creating luxurious knitwear from a very small studio in the Scottish Borders.
After years of working freelance in the knitwear industry, creating pieces for clients including Christopher Kane, Jasper Conran, William Chambers and House of Holland, I decided to channel my passion for knitwear excellence into designs for my own label, and in 2016 I started Collingwood-Norris.
Craftsmanship is at the heart of what I do. All my knitwear is designed and made in Scotland, either in the studio or made in small batches at a local mill I work closely with. Every piece is hand finished here in the studio, and will tell you where it was made on the label.
For pieces that are made in the studio, each item is carefully hand framed, using a machine that has worked it's way through other Scottish Borders textile companies and is steeped in the history of the area, then hand finished to ensure the highest quality. The soft Scottish water I use to hand wash each piece helps to give it its beautiful soft feel. I pride myself on making beautiful, high quality pieces that will last you many years with good care.
Luxurious Natural Fibres
Preferring to use natural fibres, especially extra fine lambswool, my aim is to encourage ethical practice and reduce environmental impact at all stages, from design to production. The Geelong lambswool I use is dyed with GOTS approved dyes, making it more environmentally friendly. It is luxuriously soft, lightweight and very warm. Lambswool is a fantastic natural fibre for many reasons, which you can read more about here.
I now also use extra fine silk for a range of silk scarves. The silk is spun in Italy, and is the finest quality, and with a beautiful natural drape and lustre, it’s the perfect luxury fibre!
Made in Scotland
I try to keep every process as local as possible, and choose to use Geelong Lambswool that is spun and dyed in Kinross, Scotland, and labels that are made in the UK. Transparency is very important to me, and I’m working towards making every aspect our processes and materials visible. You can read more about the making processes in the journal.
Using traditional manufacturing techniques I bring out the best in the natural fibres and create timeless designs you can cherish for a lifetime.
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