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Chanel puts Borders textile mill back on the catwalk

It's an industry that was once booming in the Borders, though more recently it's been in decline. But for one textile mill that's been operating in Hawick for more than a century, fortunes are about to be reversed.

Barrie Knitwear is now owned by fashion powerhouse Chanel, and are soon to unveil their first knitwear collection for the label in Paris.

As a result, factory bosses say they are desperate to train new staff with traditional knitwear skills.

Jenny Longden reports:

Jobs created at textile mill taken over by Chanel

A Borders based textile mill, taken over by Chanel in 2012, is looking for 100 new workers.

Barrie Knitwear, which dates back more than a century and uses traditional hand-stitching methods, is set to launch its first collection in Paris.

Clive Brown, Sales Director of Barrie Knitwear, explains what the company is looking for:


Borders textile mill to launch first Chanel collection

Lilly Collins Credit: By Karl Lagerfield

Borders based textile mill, Barrie Knitwear, is set to take the high fashion world by storm in Paris.

The company were taken over by fashion powerhouse Chanel in 2012 and they are soon to launch their first collection in France.

The mill, which dates back more than a century and uses traditional hand-stitching methods, are also looking to recruit 100 new workers.


Full Report: Borders students win fashion internships

Fashion students in the Scottish Borders have won the chance to have their work displayed by a world renowned knitwear company.

The students have won a highly sought after internship at Hawick based Peter Scott.

As well as gaining some invaluable experience, their designs have also been made into knitwear.

Watch the full report from Jenny Longden below.

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