This is the first in a series of blogs looking in depth at some of our most popular styles. We wanted to share how some of our garments came to be and the stories behind them. We also showcase a few of our favourite colours from the website, links to the colour swatches and videos talking you through each style.
First up is one of our signature styles, the elegant Mull Jacket. The Mull Jacket is a classic shape in our collection. The style has been an important and versatile one for us online and in the boutique for years. It is a short, loose fitted jacket with a folded back cuff and plenty of room in the shoulder & in set sleeve. While they do not need to be fastened closed, we do like to button them occasionally with a brooch.
Knitted typically in silk, linen & cotton we carry stock in a range of colours and make to order in many more. There is a base silk or occasionally wool colour, with the linen running alternate rows through the body and picking out the highlight Celtic knot-work or baroque swirl pattern along the cuff and bottom edge. A box cut version of our ever popular Long Mull range, the Mull is style and verve embodied.
By 2000 the Borders Mills factories which had been producing their historic shetland wool had largely closed down and we needed to find a replacement . It had to be a natural fibre and it needed to have the stiffness required for a jacket weight garment. A visit to Paris to the Premier Vision show provided the answer, a surprisingly textured Silk yarn in a wonderful range of colours .
The Mull Jacket with its smart shape and reverse front folds was created in 2005 using a combination of the new Silk and our natural Irish Linen and it became an instant classic. Based on the shape of our signature 1990s Mosaic Jacket it began as a Raku pattern jacket but quickly the Knot pattern took over the sales. The natural partner is the S-dress made at the same time using the same combination of yarns.
Worn to the hip it works really well over trousers, or combined with one of our dresses. We use a different combination of silk and linen in each of the Mull colourways to create a truly unique effect. We love to pair the Mull Jacket with a complementary Brooch or Orkney Snood. Here is a video of Helen talking us through her outfit, wearing her beautiful Atlantic Mull Jacket. – https://studio.youtube.com/video/VpktQJoQIB4/edit .
Alongside our online web collection, we keep a beautiful range of one off boutique Mull Jackets that can only be found at the Edinburgh Grassmarket workshop. We hope to see you one day and will be more than happy to help find the perfect garment and colour combination to suit you.