In 1961 William Johnstone joined R G Neill and Son, Ltd as a designer. In 1965 the firm was taken over by Illingworth Morris & Co Ltd, which by then owned many textile firms in Scotland and Yorkshire. Throughout the 1970s with William as Design Director, the firm built an international reputation for innovative design in both men and women’s wear. In 1986 he left to found Neill Johnstone Ltd. The Neill Johnstone name is famous around the world for producing innovative fantasy tweeds. As the choice of top designers, garment manufacturers and some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, Neill Johnstone fabrics grace fashion catwalks globally. The firm has continuously pushed the boundaries of fabric design, to excite and inspire with colourful and striking statement looks.