Founded by husband and wife team Josh and Lisa Robinson, Inigo Scout launched in January this year with an artist-designed collection of blankets ‘with a soul’. Named after the couple’s children Inigo and Scout, the brand is inspired by the twins who were born prematurely and spent two months in intensive care. At the hospital where the twins spent the first two months of their lives there was a box of colorful blankets knitted and donated by locals, each baby was given one of the homemade blankets for the duration of their stay which proved an enormous physical and mental comfort to both the children and their parents. When all of the intensive care babies were ready to go home they were given ‘their blanket’ as a keepsake. It was from this small, kind gesture at such a troubling time that the idea of the Inigo Scout enterprise was conceived.
After the twins came through their tough early days, Lisa and Josh became determined to build a social enterprise which would bring the same warmth and comfort their children received to those less fortunate. Embracing the couple’s shared passion for creativity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism, the idea behind Inigo Scout is that for every luxury blanket sold, ten blankets are given to children in need of warmth with the help of the brand’s registered charity partner Knit for Peace run by Dame Hilary Blume. The additional ten blankets are crafted by men and women from disadvantaged communities who are taught and paid to knit by Inigo Scout to help offer income, independence and a positive purpose to a new breed of entrepreneur that are empowered to help children in the local community. The inaugural project is taking place in the Cape Flats of Cape Town, with more projects to follow across the globe as the enterprise grows.
Inigo Scout’s first collection of unique limited edition blankets include three artist-designed prints with just sixty of each design produced. Woven using the highest quality wool in Scotland’s finest mill, an Inigo Scout blanket is not only a cosy home accessory but a statement art piece in itself which can even be hung on a feature wall. Contemporary, timeless and colorful, every blanket is an investment to be cherished for decades and has been signed by the artist. The three designs, each so very different, are instant family heirlooms with the names ‘Selvedge’, ‘Shore’ and ‘Microscopic’.
Selvedge by Vietnamese artist Kimvi Nguyen is inspired by the warp and weft of Japanese selvedge denim. With lighter shades contrasting with deep, rich and vibrant blues, it is a fresh and vital design.
Shore by British artist Tim Robinson is inspired by the waves lapping on pebbles on the Aldeburgh coast where the artist has a studio. Spending most of his time there, the Shore design is in a collage of warm greys with a burst of yellow.
Microscopic by British artist Tim Fishlock is inspired by curling wool fibres as seen under a microscope. Beautiful green hues bring bright accents of color to the light grey and strong charcoal lines.