Our Story

Bute Retail_Ferry to Rothesay_Isle of Bute_Photography by Gordon Burniston
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We are part of Bute Fabrics, a mill based in the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. The mill was founded in 1947 by the 5th Marquess of Bute with the sole purpose of providing employment opportunities for service people returning home from the Second World War.

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Bute Retail_At Work in the Bute Fabrics Mill

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Situated within the Firth of Clyde, Bute is steeped in history. There is an astonishing array of different landscapes: lush rolling hills, wild forests, sweeping beaches and an ever-changing seascape. These ready-made palettes of vibrant colours and textures provide a continual source of inspiration. It’s so peaceful, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re a million miles away from it all. In fact, Bute is one of Scotland’s most accessible islands and only 33 miles away from the city of Glasgow.

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Bute Retail_At Work In The Mill_Photography by Gordon Burniston

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The Atelier is Bute Fabrics first retail offering - an online store which offers a range of fabric rolls from the mill in addition to a selection of handmade products using the fabrics such as cushions, throws, footstools and accessories.