We take pride in producing products that stand the test of time and are designed with a conscience.
The inspiration for our products comes from a love for the Scottish landscape and nature. It is only fitting that this stimulus is forefront in our mind when choosing materials and designing new products.
Our products are designed to last, not to follow trends. We hope that you’ll love and use them for many years come.
In order to reduce waste and avoid surplus stock, we make the majority of our products in small batches, and most are manufactured on demand.
We try to use natural fibres and materials wherever possible, and a lot of research goes into choosing new suppliers to work with.
Since 2014 we have tried hard to build and maintain working relationships with our suppliers, this has stood us in good stead during the pandemic.
Where possible we source locally produced materials, use local suppliers and work hard at reducing our waste and reuse excess materials where we can.
Dieter Rams introduced the idea of sustainable development and of obsolescence being a crime in design in the 1970s.
Accordingly, he asked himself the question: "Is my design good design?" We ask our selves this regularly and pride ourselves in finding the right solution when designing a new product.
Rams conclusions created the basis for his celebrated ten principles.
Accordingly, "good design" and hopefully our products hope to achieve the following.
- is innovative– The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an end in itself.
- makes a product useful– A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic criteria. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could detract from it.
- is aesthetic– The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
- makes a product understandable– It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user's intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.
- is unobtrusive– Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user's self-expression.
- is honest– It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
- is long-lasting– It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today's throwaway society.
- is thorough down to the last detail– Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.
- is environmentally friendly– Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
- is minimal– Less is more. Simple as possible but not simpler. Good design elevates the essential functions of a product.
When it comes to our packaging we reduce waste as much as we can.
Our packaging uses FSC certified sustainable paper which has been sourced in a responsible manner and printed using vegetable based inks.
Where possible and in the case of our face coverings all packaging is compostable and biodegradable.
We avoid using plastic where possible.
We are committed to continually improving our environmental and sustainability policy.