designer of Savile Row fame, Peter Johnston,
will bring quality bespoke tailoring to luxury American
Saks Fifth Avenue this Autumn.
unique partnership, announced at prestigious
international trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence
yesterday (Thursday 16 June), will introduce the
Edinburgh-based designer's distinct made-to-measure
clothing as well as shirts, handmade silk ties and
accessories to the US market.
Fifth Avenue selected Johnston after an extensive search
for a designer who could bring traditional British
tailoring with a modern interpretation of style to its
customers, in response to the surge in demand for such
the added benefit of using fabrics steeped in a luxury
heritage such as the world-renowned tweed, and working
with a number of Scottish mills including Begg Scotland,
Johnstons of Elgin and Reid & Taylor to create his
collections, Johnston was an ideal choice.
extensive career in the trade, the London Royal College
of Art graduate currently operates a 'by appointment'
business from his townhouse showrooms in Queen Street,
Edinburgh. He will bring this added mystique in-store to
Saks Fifth Avenue New York, as well as the Chicago and
Washington D.C. (Chevy Chase) outlets, travelling over
once a month for private appointments.
in partnership with such an iconic luxury retailer,
renowned the world over for its quality lines and
collaborations is an amazing opportunity. I will be
bringing my bespoke tailoring and highland wear to a new
customer base and showcasing the quality tailoring
skills and heritage fabrics the British are famous for"
said Peter, the first British winner of the coveted
Italian tailoring and design competition, the Aga D'Oro'
Johnston, who has worked for Savile Row tailors Kilgour
and Chester Barrie as well as retailers Dunhill and
Joseph continued: "Being able to work with some of the
leading textiles manufacturers from Scotland will
reinforce to Saks' American customers the quality
craftsmanship they can expect from Scotland".
partnership adds to Johnston's growing international
reputation which spans across the globe including his
current partnership with Japanese clothing group, Onward
Kashiyama. For the past six years Johnston has created
classic tailored collections for discerning Japanese
customers housed in six Isetan specialist menswear
stores across the country.
Breckenridge, chair of industry group Textiles Scotland,
said: "Peter Johnston's partnership with one of the
USA's leading specialty stores is a fantastic
achievement, which can only benefit us all. The fact
that discerning US customers have expressed a need and a
want for tailored garments using quality fabrics can
only lead to even more opportunities for Scottish mills
and designers in this market.
another prime example of the continuing global demand
for Scottish textiles which heralds an exciting time for
Saks Fifth Avenue
Avenue, one of the world's preeminent specialty
retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and
international designer collections, its expertly edited
assortment of handbags, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics and
gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and
exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks
operates 46 full-line stores in 22 states, 5 licensed
stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in
Mexico City, 57 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and
saks.com, the company's online store.
About Textiles Scotland
Scotland was established by the Scottish Textile
Industry Association (STIA) to increase awareness of the
scope and scale of businesses involved in the Scottish
textiles and fashion industry. This brand has been
created to represent Scottish interests at international
events and provide a single point of contact for the