Introducing Our New Lomond Bag
"The wee birdies sing and the wildflowers spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping"
- The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond
Song, first published 1841
The still waters of Scotland's largest loch have long inspired artists of every medium.
We have chosen to name our newest addition to the NIXEY Collection after this magical corner of the world.
Made by the same Scottish workshop as our original 1834s, the shape of the Lomond is still very much inspired by the traditional Celtic sporran but with a modern twist. Embrace this seasons love of the handle bag or add the all-chain strap to wear as a shoulder bag.
The stand-out hardware is reminiscent of a horse’s snaffle, a nod to Britain’s saddle-making history.
In the Lomond, we are proud to unite tradition with a sleek, contemporary elegance.
Love & Luss
In February I had the pleasure of visiting Luss, on the west bank of Loch Lomond.
This gorgeous village is a picture postcard & a must for anyone exploring the Trossachs National Park. Only a 50 minute drive out of Glasgow, it couldn't be further in feeling from Scotland's most populous city.
Like a moment paused in time, stroll through the rows of perfectly kept cottages
with manicured gardens & coiling chimney smoke which line the lanes. These idyllic homes were built in the early 19th century by Sir James Colquhoun to house the workers of the nearby slate quarries. Each cottage is roofed with the local Luss slate. Today, the Colquhoun clan is still very much linked to the village, working to preserve the area for the thousands of annual visitors & for future generations.
Spend a night or two at the very special Loch Lomond Arms Hotel. Enjoy roaring fires, refined Highland hunting interiors, wholesome food cooked from local seasonal produce & a truly welcoming Scottish bar.
In the days roam the tranquil, mysterious shores of the Loch, take a drive up to the totally breath-taking Glencoe & pop into Luss' local coffee houses & gift shops. During our stay we had the pleasure of visiting one of our lovely stockists, Luss General Stores, a home of thoughtful Scottish gifting.
Nestled in the heart of the village & run by Patrick Colquhoun, I spent the morning with Lorraine & Caitlin of the store's sales team. A must if you're in the area, Luss General Stores unites the very best of Scottish makers & designers under one slate-tiled roof. From gin to luxury doggie accessories, customers can rest assured that they'll find that unique gift whilst in the company of passionate, friendly, knowledgeable staff. Lorraine can even tell you all about the rare 11th century viking hogback stone in the Luss graveyard or the celebs who have been married at the church (Noel Edmonds & Kirsty Hume)!
Luss General Stores have a great selection of Nixey bags including some exclusive Colquhoun & MacGregor tartan 1834s, contact the store for details. L.G.S. will be stocking the new Lomond bags later this month too.