One of Scotland’s oldest luxury cashmere brands is to be resurrected in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick from next year.
McGeorge of Scotland
The main shareholder of a new company, 1881 J&D McGeorge, has bought premises at Langlands Mill in Hawick to start production of McGeorge of Scotland knitwear, with support from the Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Development International.
McGeorge of Scotland was established in Dumfries in 1881 and became part of Dawson International but closed in 1990.
Fashion consultants Lorenzo Borre and Simone Castronvo set up 1881 J&D McGeorge earlier this month and plan to bring Hawick property back to its original purpose as a textile mill, starting production in spring 2017 and creating 20 skilled jobs.
The building most recently housed a double-glazing manufacturer.
“We are delighted to revive this brand in Scotland, where we will make the best-quality cashmere for McGeorge of Scotland, to be sold to top-end couture houses around the world,” said a spokesman for 1881 J&D McGeorge.
Paul Lewis, managing director of Scottish Development International, said: “This is good news for Scotland’s textile sector and reinforces our worldwide reputation as a textile producer with a proud heritage and an enduring place on the world’s fashion stage.”