Cash­mere and ca­nines come to­gether in Brora’s play­ful new de­signs

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It’s a lit­tle-known fact that for the past 12 years, Brora has had a trick up its cash­mere sleeve in the shape of Issy Ten­nant. As a long-stand­ing friend of the founder Vic­to­ria Sta­ple­ton, she has helped her pon­der ev­ery­thing from colour­ways to the cor­rect num­ber of but­tons on a cardi­gan. ‘As I live so close to Brora’s mill in Haw­ick, col­lab­o­ra­tors tend to stay with me when­ever they travel up to Scot­land,’ says Ten­nant, who also runs a gild­ing and dec­o­ra­tive-arts busi­ness, Ten­nant & Ten­nant, with her su­per­model sis­ter Stella.

When the Lon­don de­sign duo Tea­tum Jones walked into Ten­nant’s dog-filled kitchen, they were so cap­ti­vated by her bo­hemian life that it be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for their new Brora col­lec­tion. Rin­kle the Dal­ma­tian has a star­ring role, ap­pear­ing on sev­eral gar­ments, while a ki­mono pat­tern that Ten­nant was adapt­ing for use on a gilded lamp also fea­tures strongly. Nib­ble the lurcher and Manchicha the Span­ish rescue dog sadly didn’t make the cut, but Issy’s daugh­ter sug­gested the motto ‘Be the per­son your dog thinks you are’ that is now em­bla­zoned upon a woollen jumper. ‘It was a com­plete co­in­ci­dence as she ini­tially came up with it for her school-leavers’ book,’ says Ten­nant, ‘But we all agree that it sums up the col­lec­tion per­fectly.’ cg

left: issy ten­nant in her stu­dio with rin­kle the dal­ma­tian, wear­ing cash­mere jumper, £395; tweed trousers, £245, both tea­tum jones x brora

above: cash­mere polo­neck, £595; trousers, as be­fore, both tea­tum jones x brora. be­low: ten­nant wears the brand’s merino jumper, £245, and trousers, as be­fore

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