Tradition and innovation are blended throughout Cashmere Circle from our garment repair techniques to our cashmere wash, and where this blend has been most successful is with our founding team.
Knitwear industry icon Belinda Dickson always felt that more could be done to extend the lifecycle of cashmere and to ensure wasteful consumption is reduced.
Who is Belinda Dickson:
The ‘Queen of Cashmere’, Belinda is a luxury knitwear expert boasting over 35 years’ experience in the cashmere industry. With her brand, Belinda Robertson Cashmere, she was an industry disrupter, bringing cashmere into the modern world with daring design and creativity, ensuring quality was never compromised.
A successful businesswoman, Belinda has sat on numerous boards and currently advises the board of the UK Fashion and Textiles Association driving an agenda of change and transformation within the industry.
Cashmere Circle's goal is to promote true wardrobe sustainability by caring for the clothes we already own.
Blending traditional textiles skills of the Scottish Borders with an innovative model and modern technology, they hope to make a positive impact, not only for the planet, but also for the future of the Scottish Borders as the industry moves towards greater sustainability.
Q&A with Belinda
Favourite Piece of cashmere:
Belinda: Too many favourites to pick one! I was in a fortunate position as a knitwear designer where I could make whatever I loved most. My favourite style is a wide neck to show the neck and collarbones and I love a drape which cashmere lends itself to beautifully as a fibre.
Where are you based?
Belinda: I split my time between Elie on the Fife Coast and London
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
Belinda: Doing some sort of activity - wild swimming, cycling, regular pilates for wellbeing, skiing and sea kayaking. I’m very fortunate to live on the beach so I spend a lot of my time outside - no matter the weather!
What’s one piece of advice you’d give for younger entrepreneurs starting their businesses?
Belinda: So many it's difficult to pick one. Expect to take knocks but always strive to recover. See the top of the mountain and make sure you get there. Work outside your comfort zone.
What keeps you up at night / what are you paranoid about?
Belinda: A good party. Unfinished tasks.
What do you enjoy the most about this project?
Belinda: To have the wisdom and knowledge coming into this has been enjoyable and sharing this with a younger team extremely rewarding.
What is something interesting about you that most people don’t know about?
Belinda: I swim every single day in the north sea come rain or shine - wetsuits a big no!