The Travelwrap Company was born in 2007 when founder Niamh Barker came up with the idea of creating beautiful wraps from pure Scottish cashmere.
At first, Niamh didn’t know what to call her wraps. ‘Travel shawl’ and ‘travel blanket’ sounded old-fashioned and inelegant – and far from the sophisticated, stylish product she was creating. The term ‘travel wrap’ finally came to her in the kitchen as Niamh and her husband were cooking Sunday lunch.
Before founding The Travelwrap Company, Niamh spent 18 months looking for the perfect mill. She wanted the most luxurious, pure cashmere available, and to be able to create colours that were vivid and full of depth and intensity. It was also important to Niamh that her cashmere was sustainably sourced.
THE PERFECT FIT
Finally, Niamh found her perfect fit: Johnstons of Elgin, who produce some of the finest cashmere in the world.
Niamh and her team visit the mill in Scotland several times a year, and it’s always a treat to watch the skilled men and women who work there transforming the soft ‘cotton wool’ like fibres of raw cashmere into our exquisite cashmere travel wraps.
Today, we offer around 35 cashmere travel wraps in a range of colour palettes, designs, knits and weights. In the initial stages we work with our knitwear designer on ideas for new knits, poring over colour swatches, creating sketches and then working these into our computerised design software. We aim to launch seven or eight new travel wrap collections a year. We are extremely proud to work with Johnstons of Elgin every step of the way, from design to finished travel wraps, creating our timeless pieces which will be loved for years to come.