• Yvette Jelfs

    Yvette Jelfs gives Textiles Scotland the Inside Stitch

    Yvette started her millinery career as an apprentice in Luton, the hat making capital of England before moving her production operations to the Scottish Borders, the heart of Scottish textiles.

    Yvette Jelfs designs and creates bespoke and couture hats for private clients and also manufactures and produces hats for exclusive boutiques and wholesalers. 

    She is proud that her work represents the heritage of the local Scottish artisan producers. Her millinery features an array of traditional fabrics including tweed and cashmere.

    You can find out more about Yvette Jelfs on her website here: www.yvettejelfs.com

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  • Yvette Jelfs

    Yvette Jelfs on the industry, designers and passions

    Why did you start working in the textiles industry?

    I have a passion for fabric and a love of colour and texture.

    What do you think is so special about the industry?

    The creative people behind the scenes.

    Name one (or more!) Scottish designer/manufacturer that you admire.

    Jonathan Saunders – a designer with the correct business model.

    Yvette Jelfs

    You are your business

    What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned along the way?

    To let go and give others jobs they can do much better than me!

    What do you think will have the greatest impact on the Scottish textile industry in the next 10 years?

    Exporting! The world wants Scottish design & textiles.

    What words of advice do you have for the next wave of upcoming talent?

    Go with your instinct! ‘You’ are your business!