Scotland produces some of the most renowned and respected cashmere brands in the world. Scotland, like Italy, has a reputation for crafting extremely high quality cashmere and woollen knitwear. Certain towns including Hawick are known for their influence and involvement in the manufacturing of cashmere clothing in Scotland. Hawick is also home to John Laing, the oldest cashmere knitwear company in the world, founded in 1831.
Here is a list of my favourite Scottish cashmere brands in no particular order.
Johnstons Of Elgin
Founded in 1797 by Alexander Johnston, situated in the picturesque spot on the bank of the river Lossie which was originally used as the power source for the manufacturing mill. Johnstons of Elgin is Scotlands second oldest cashmere company. Johnstons Of Elgin is also the only cashmere company in Scotland that carries out the entire process of creating clothing from the raw cashmere fibres straight from the underbelly of the goat. They were awarded the royal warrant of appointment of manufacturers of estate tweed H.R.H the Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay.
view our collection of Johnstons of Elgin here.
Pringle originally began life manufacturing knitted hosiery, founded in 1815 by Robert Pringle. It has since grown into a well known and favoured brand among golfers, celebrities and royalty. Famous for its classic vintage signature argyle pattern which was a favourite of the Duke of Windsor in the 1920’s. Pringle is also credited for launching the first cashmere twin set. Designer Otto Weisz invented the matching cardigan and top duo for the famous brand in 1930 and it became popular with celebrities of the time.
Joan Crawford, Margot Fonteyn, Grace Kelly, Margaret Lockwood, Moirer Shearer and Jean Simmons were all fans of the style. A Pringle cashmere twin set also featured on the front cover of Vogue in 1955. Pringle received its Royal Warrant in 1956 awarded by Her Majesty the Queen. One of the most treasured notes in the brand archives is a note from Clarence House from the Dresser to Her Majesty the Queen Mother simply requesting ‘New Cardigan Please.’
View our collection of Pringle here.
Ballantyne Cashmere, known for its luxurious sweaters, was created in 1921 by D. Ballantyne Brothers & Co. Ltd in the small Scottish town of Innerleithen. The brand became very popular in the 50s thanks to the new intarsia knitting technique and development of iconic vintage argyle style. On July 1, 1966, Queen Elizabeth visited the company for the first time and in 1967, Ballantyne was given the Queen Award for achievements in the luxury knitwear sector. Ballantyne is now headed by Italian, Fabio Gatto, who became president of the business after 30 years of experience in the fashion industry.
View our collection of Ballantyne here.
Known for being the largest knitwear manufacturer in the UK by production quantity averaging 7,000 individual pieces each week. Founded in the textile hub town of Hawick, Scotland the company began manufacturing in 1874.
Hawico Scotland is a renowned cashmere manufacturer based in Hawick in the Scottish Borders with stores in Scotland and around the world.
All garments are traditionally produced at the same Hawick mill in which the company has operated in for nearly 140 years.
The Company first started production in 1874 and is one of the original manufacturers from the early days of the Industrial Revolution. Today Hawico Scotland has developed into one of the leading European cashmere brands in the world producing pullovers and knitted accessories in quality fibres for ladies, men and children.
Kinross Cashmere is the premier brand of Dawson Forte Cashmere. Their journey began 20 years ago under the umbrella of a world renowned cashmere company headquartered in Kinross, Scotland. Today, they remain a nimble team, having established a standalone US company with offices in the Boston area, New York, and Shanghai. They are respected in the industry for their premium quality, exceptional customer service, and strong social and environmental conscience. They also abide by strict European cashmere production standards that are consistent with there heritage and eco friendly values.