Todd & Duncan was founded in 1867. In fact, our oldest archive entry goes back to 1866, a few months before the business was officially founded. Located on the banks of Loch Leven in Kinross, Scotland, we have been quietly spinning the world’s finest cashmere yarn for decades. The design of our 1867 makers mark serves as an endorsement of this heritage and provenance.
A hand written ledger of accounts from our archive, dated January 1867
Initially based in Alva, Todd & Duncan has been located on the shores of Loch Leven since the 1920's, where we have come to rely on this natural fresh water source as a vital ingredient in our production. The loch has an important history all of it's own, with links to Mary Queen of Scots who was once imprisoned on the loch's Castle Island. Today the loch is the site of an important nature reserve, internationally known for it's bird populations of pink footed geese, wildfowl, tufted ducks and ospreys, as well as the famous Loch Leven brown trout.
View of Loch Leven with our mill in the foreground, circa 1960
With this rich history in mind, our 1867 brand brings together our exceptional expertise and knowledge in cashmere in a design led collection of knitted cashmere accessories and homewares. Our international reputation in colour and cashmere goes before us.
Our 1867 labels are hand-sewn onto all our cashmere pieces
The 1867 makers mark - our stamp of quality.