It was a howler of a night as the wind whipped itself around our creaky house here in Devon, so I can only imagine the wildness that is being faced on the isle of Orkney, the home of knitwear and textile designer Hilary Grant. If anyone can be qualified in the art of staying toasty, Hilary is your girl. Along with a skilled team of craftsman, she creates colourful and practical knitted scarves, hats and gloves from high grade lambswool, throwing a lifeline to us teeth-chattering folk.
What I love about Hilary's work is that it's far-away from fast fashion and bang-on in terms of style and practicality, with each piece designed to be cherished winter after winter. And for those wondering if businesses can thrive when not based in a city, here's proof that with a wifi signal and a 'get-outta-here' ocean view, it is very much possible, along with a fascinating and authentic story to boot. To see more of Hilary's work and journey, be sure to check her website, Instagram and Facebook pages.