Our Story

Whirlow was founded by designer Kirsty Franey in 2020. Her love for textiles and craftsmanship has been inspired by her upbringing in Yorkshire and her home in Scotland, where she settled after attaining a degree in Fashion from Edinburgh College of Art. Both places have impressive historical textiles traditions that have influenced Kirsty’s ideas and approach. Before founding Whirlow, Kirsty spent twelve years working in the fashion industry, developing textile and apparel collections for clients all over the world and gaining valuable industry knowledge.

Kirsty is delighted to be running her very own knitwear brand and design studio in the heart of Edinburgh. She shares that studio with her much-loved best pal and muse, Oscar the Boston Terrier.


   Kirsty Franey working in her studio    Bird Drawing by Kirsty Franey