Our Story

Glen Isla has textiles roots which are firmly planted in Scottish soil. With a history that dates back over 200 years, Glen Isla has grown up with the British textile industry and over the years, has become synonymous with Scotland and its rich heritage.

Based in the historic textile town of Langholm, otherwise known as ‘The Muckle Toon’, hidden away in miles of rolling hills and truly at the heart of the Scottish Borders, this is where Glen Isla calls home.

A bit like Scotland, Glen Isla champions the slower pace of life and the simple things that bring happiness. You don’t need to complicate things to make them more beautiful and the age old techniques used in our mill have been passed down through generations and our hope for many more to come.

With this love, understanding and deep respect of all things ‘woolly’, Glen Isla has a clear and simple objective - to make beautiful yet simple collections of accessories that help preserve, support and nurture our special textile community.

Our Craftsmanship

With over 200 years of experience in manufacturing, the highly skilled Glen Isla team boast a combined total of over 1000 years of experience within specialist traditional weaving skills.

With over 20 different processes involved in turning our raw fibre into a finished Glen Isla product, each piece is wonderfully unique. Passing through the hands of true artisans, each step is taken and carefully considered within our very own mill.

Our Philosophy

For over 200 years, we have been guided by the values and responsibilities passed down the generations, operating with the utmost integrity, not just with our partners but with our own people and community too. It’s important we continue along this journey operating within a strict framework of quality and regulatory compliance, one that respects our supply chain, respects people, animals and the environment recognising that they are all crucial to our continued success. 

From the beginning and throughout our history we have always been duty bound to achieving good environmental practices and operate in a sustainable manner, preserving the planets natural resources and continually improving our environmental performance as a fundamental part of our future business strategy and operating processes.  


We wholly support and comply with or exceed the requirements of the current environmental legislation and codes of practice including ISO14001 Waste management and Energy management.  

Throughout our mill and manufacturing processes we seek to minimise our impact controlling energy resources, selecting the cleanest technologies in our production processes and waste management to minimise our consumption of natural resources, especially where they are non-renewable. 

Corporate and Social Responsibility

We take responsibility for creating wider benefits both within and around our business and endeavour to make our impact a positive one, improving the lives of others and reducing the risk of harm to people and their environment. We are fully committed to adding value to the communities within which we work, fostering relationships through sourcing local labour, equipment and materials. 


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