Many of the people of Stewarton know of Robert Mackie’s, but as Stewarton has been growing, and as a business, we have grown and developed, we thought it would be good to let everyone hear and see what we are all about!

Established in 1845 to create traditional highland headwear, at Robert Mackie’s we are very proud of our heritage, and to still be based and manufacturing in Stewarton – The Bonnet Toun! With over 80 full time employees, we are the largest full-time employer in the town, and are continuing to recruit and train, to keep the skills alive, and grow the business. While we still produce Glengarries and Balmorals, we have now become one of the leading Scottish Manufacturers of knitted accessories, specialising in hats, scarves and gloves. Alongside our own Mackie Collection, we also produce premium accessories, for many well-known brands.

Our state-of-the-art knitting machines, are programmed by our experienced technicians, and can produce numerous styles of hat, scarves and gloves, as a whole product, meaning there is zero waste. We use only the finest natural yarns, which are sourced sustainably. In the current climate, reducing waste, and sustainability are very important to us, and we continue to look for ways to improve on this.

Our Glengarries and Balmorals are still handmade, using the same traditional methods, by highly skilled workers, and are made to last a lifetime. Making all our products from start to finish, using the best yarns and materials available, we can truly say that the ‘Made in Scotland’ on all our labels stands for quality and craftmanship.

We support many local charities, and have recently taken on a sponsorship with local football team Stewarton Annick 2010. We support homeless charities, giving away most of our excess stock each winter. If anyone wishes help with charitable donations, raffles, or sponsorships, please get in touch and we would try to accommodate.

Stewarton, and Robert Mackie’s, featured on the BBC show ‘Great British Railway Journey’s in 2015, (Series 6 Episode 1, for those interested!), where Michael Portillo learnt about the history of Bonnet making in Stewarton, and had a go at making a pompom! We will feature in another TV production later this year, the BBC film crews have been back filming for Countryfile, as we have been asked to manufacture the 2022 Children in Need Bobble Hat.

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If anyone would be interested in joining our team & work for us, please send us your cv, along with a cover letter telling us about yourself to –[email protected]

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