Cashmere. Argyle. The Twinset. Cardigans for Royalty. All made famous, made relevant and in some instances made for the first time, by Pringle of Scotland, whose origins lie in the unassuming town of Hawick.
It may have over a 200-year history, indeed it can be considered one of the oldest luxury fashion brands in the world, but Pringle of Scotland has always been a thoroughly modern, pioneering company. Founded in 1815 by Robert Pringle as manufacturers of knitted hosiery, it was Pringle, decades after its inception, that embraced and encouraged the technical innovations that led to the creation of knitted outerwear, and indeed coined the term ‘knitwear’ to describe its ever-growing collections.
Known and loved around the world for the use of cashmere, Pringle also introduced the intarsia design that soon became a signature argyle pattern. Adopted by the Duke of Windsor in the 1920s, argyle became instantly popular with the fashionable set of the time, and is still an often-referenced and globally recognised icon today.
Today, Pringle continues to be a pioneer of British knitwear and a champion of British heritage. In 2015, for its 200th anniversary, Pringle worked with National Museums Scotland to curate an exhibition charting Pringle’s long history within the Scottish knitwear industry and celebrating the relevance of knitwear in contemporary fashion. It is thanks to Robert Pringle and his humble hosiery manufacturers that knitwear has such a prominent place in the lives and wardrobes of men and women around the world.