QEST supporters

QEST is immensely grateful for support from the following organisations:


The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
The Alborada Trust
Allchurches Trust
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
The Antiques Dealers Fair
The Arts Society
The Ashley Foundation
The Aurelius Trust
Carole Bamford
Bendicks (Mayfair)
Bentley & Skinner
The Battersea Power Station Foundation
D.R.Harris & Co.
David Blackburn
The Blagrave Trust
The Britford Bridge Trust
The Cambridge Satchel Company
The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust
CHK Charities

Deakin & Francis
Donald Russell
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Dulverton Trust
The Edith Murphy Foundation
Jenifer Emery
Ernest Cook Trust
The Finnis Scott Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Gosling Foundation
Halcyon Days
The Hedley Foundation
Tom Helme OBE
Howdens Joinery
John Lyon’s Charity
John Smedley
John Walker & Sons
Johnstons of Elgin
Professor Mark Kaufman
The Kirby Laing Foundation

Launer London
L G Harris Trust
Lock Hatters
The London Art History Society
Moët et Chandon
Parker Pen Company
The Pennies Foundation
The PF Charitable Trust
The Pilgrim Trust
The Pimm’s Company
The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund
The Radcliffe Trust
The Robertson Trust
The Royal Warrant Holders Association
R W Armstrong
Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders

The Stanley Picker Trust
Tanqueray Gordon & Co
Thomas Fattorini
Thomas Goode
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars
The Worshipful Company of Broderers
The Worshipful Company of Carpenters
The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
The Worshipful Company of Drapers
The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
The Worshipful Company of Saddlers
The Worshipful Company of Turners
Winch Design
The Wren Press

Case study

Savvy Royal Warrant Holding Companies have reached out to QEST’s scholars and enjoyed the innovative and creative aspect that they can bring to a range, thus benefiting the company, but also supporting the craftsman by introducing them to working with a team within a commercial environment.

Johnstons of Elgin recognised the creative resource that QEST can bring to its historic mills and inherently understood that an established company can help scholars in a commercial environment.  During 2014, four scholars were invited to Scotland to see its production mill in action and immediately all parties were engaged in utilising the synergy for mutual benefit.  Johnstons sponsored Kim Norrie to undertake her MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art and, at the same time, set QEST a collaborative project.  Due to cancelled orders or overruns, there is always a surplus of cashmere yarn and Johnstons invited textile scholars to design a cashmere blanket using that sustainable yarn to form a QEST/Johnstons Capsule Collection.  The successful scholars have already had their designs accepted and these will go into production during January/February 2015.  

The Capsule Collection, limited to 200 pieces will be launched in August 2015 and initially will be sold through Johnstons’ retail outlets in Elgin, Harwick and St. Andrews as well as through its on-line and mail order portals. The retail price of £495 per blanket, includes a £100 donation for QEST and with this special project estimated to raise £20,000 for QEST.