Crùbag is an artist-led design studio promoting beautiful ocean-inspired designs and producing sustainable luxury textiles, homeware and accessories inspired by marine science. The quirky brand name brings together the Gaelic word for crab with its founder's South American roots, in a nod to the story of its beginnings.
How it all started: Italo-Venezuelan Jessica Giannotti has always loved the ocean, and was inspired to start Crùbag after completing her degree in Marine Science near Oban. Still based on the shores of Loch Etive where the idea was born, Jessica is passionate about design and ocean literacy.
When studying, Jessica often saw a unique and bizarre world of ocean creatures and learned fascinating things about their environment. She founded Crùbag in order to share this unseen world with others, and hopes to create a new generation of ocean ambassadors.
What makes them wonderful: This is a business whose ethos is lived and breathed every day. Described as 'a love letter to the planet', Crùbag's products are produced with a keen eye for detail and exceptional standards of quality. The scarves are hand-finished and are transported and packed in a way which aims to limit the environmental impact, and they avoid using plastic wherever possible.
Crùbag donates a percentage of its profits to help advance marine science, improving understanding of the ocean environment and knowledge of the ways in which it can be preserved for generations to come.
Pay them a visit: Crùbag's studio is located at the Scottish Marine Institute in Dunbeg, by Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA37 1QA. If you are visiting on an Argyll tour or as part of your Scottish holiday, you can arrange to call in at the studio by appointment and see Jessica's work for yourself.