A BIT ABOUT DI
Di Gilpin Knitwear started in Skye in 1983. 'From Croft to Couture' is the title often given to Di in the press. She founded her eponymous label after her great uncle, who had sadly passed, bequeathed her to buy some good walking boots and "go and explore Scotland". So she did with her then boyfriend and they camped until they found an old ruined croft to stay in. She stayed on Skye for 20 years growing her business from a few orders to the globally renowned design label that it is today.
As well as designing and making her own creations for her label, Di hand knits everything from 70s style trousers to knitted running shoes for well known fashion and sportswear brands. Di's high profile collaborations have included the likes of Kanye West and Nike. And all from her beautiful bothy in rural Fife, Scotland.
"I REALISED THAT I COULD DO THIS, THAT SOMEBODY COULD COME TO ME WITH FABRICS AND AN IDEA OF WHAT THEY WANTED AND I COULD INTERPRET IT INTO HAND-KNIT."