Tartan brand Prickly Thistle targets £500k funding to build Black Isle mill

Prickly Thistle founder Clare Campbell has bought a farm steading on the Black Isle suitable for conversion to a weaving mill.
Prickly Thistle founder Clare Campbell has bought a farm steading on the Black Isle suitable for conversion to a weaving mill.
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A tartan-weaving enterprise taking shape on the Black Isle has launched a six-figure crowdfunding campaign as it looks to return the trade to the Highlands.

Prickly Thistle was founded two years ago by Clare Campbell, who gave up a career in accountancy to do so. The brand’s clients include high-net-worth individuals around the world, as well as Scottish firms such as Skyscanner, Tomatin Distillery and Belladrum Estate.

Campbell decided to build her own mill and has already bought a farm steading suitable for conversion, having received pre-planning approval for the project. The “Build the Mill” Kickstarter campaign aims to raise £500,000 to convert and fit out the mill building, and runs from Saturday for two months.

Campbell said: “We are creating a premium brand for Scotland that will be on a par with the famous European designers, such as Hermes, LVMH and Chanel.”