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Blankets with Soul

19th Feb 2016

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Inigo Scout, a new luxury British textile company, launches this month with its first collection of unique limited edition artist-designed blankets “with a soul”.

Woven from the highest quality wool in the finest mill in Scotland, each 150x180cm heavyweight blanket is produced in a limited edition of 60 and signed by the artist. Contemporary, colourful and timeless, each blanket is a statement of art in itself. The first eye-catching collection includes:

Selvedge by Vietnamese artist Kimvi Nguyen. Inspired by the warp and weft of Japanese selvedge denim. Deep, rich and vibrant blues contrast with lighter shades to create a fresh and vital design.

Shore by British artist, Tim Robinson. Inspired by the waves lapping on the pebbles of the Aldeburgh coast – a town where the artist has a studio and spends much of his time. A burst of yellow brings energy to a collage of warm greys.

Microscopic by British artist, Tim Fishlock. Inspired by the appearance of wool fibres when viewed through a microscope. A family of three beautiful green hues bring accents of colour to abstract light grey shapes with a strong charcoal key line.

With every Inigo Scout blanket purchased, ten children in need of warmth are given blankets of their own, with the help of registered charity partner Knit For Peace, run by Dame Hilary Blume, the UK’s ‘godmother of ethical business’. These ten blankets are crafted by men and women living in disadvantaged communities who are taught and paid to knit with funding from Inigo Scout. The project helps give income, independence and a positive purpose to a new breed of entrepreneur: one who is empowered to help bring warmth to children in the local community.

Founded by husband and wife team Josh and Lisa Robinson, Inigo Scout is named after their twins who were born premature, very unwell and spent two months in intensive care.

“At the hospital, a cardboard box of colourful blankets knitted and donated by locals was the source of enormous physical and emotional comfort to both the children in care and their parents,” said Founder and Creative Director, Josh Robinson. “When Inigo and Scout came through their tough early days, Lisa and I were determined to build a social enterprise that would bring warmth and comfort to children less fortunate than our own. The idea for ‘the world’s most beautiful blankets with a soul’, embraced our shared passion for creativity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism and to give something back.”

Inigo Scout’s inaugural project is taking place in the Cape Flats of Cape Town, South Africa. More projects will follow around the world as the enterprise grows. We look forward to seeing the blankets in London; goodness knows we could do with some (heart) warming.

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