Firm threatened with closure wows on the catwalk

Just a few weeks ago a hundred and seventy six jobs at Barrie knitwear hung in the balance. Owners Dawson International had just been placed into administration. Hawick looked set to lose one of it's biggest employers unless a new buyer could be found.

In stepped one of the world's most famous designers and one of fashion's most iconic brands. On the 4th December Barrie design's formed part of Karl Lagerfeld's latest collection:

It is very important for Chanel, for our own collection, and in these shows you will see a number of clothes coming from Barries , so it is very important. But more than that I think that Barries are doing an incredible job with more than fifty customers around the world and we want to be able to continue this development.

– Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion, Chanel

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Chanel show highlights local firm

A little over a month after it was threatened with closures, Barrie Knitwear's new owners Chanel feature it's products in Karl Lagerfeld's new ready-to-wear collection