Pringle of Scotland

Pringle of Scotland is a fashion brand specialising in cashmere knitwear and holds the royal warrant as manufacturers of knitted garments.[2][3] It is one of the world's oldest continually operating fashion companies.[3] The company has its flagship stores in London's Mount Street, Edinburgh's George Street, Shanghai, Beijing and is sold by retailers in 20 countries.

Pringle of Scotland
Founded1815; 206 years ago (1815)
FounderRobert Pringle
HeadquartersEdinburgh, Scotland, UK[1]
Key people
Otto Weisz
OwnerS.C. Fang & Sons Company, Ltd


Robert Pringle established Pringle of Scotland in 1815 in the Scottish Borders. Initially the company simply produced hosiery and underwear, and have been producing cashmere since as early as 1870.[4] Otto Weisz was appointed as the first full-time designer in the knitwear industry in 1934.[4] The twinset and the ancient-Scottish Argyle adapted pattern were designed under Weisz's creative direction, which became very popular with several celebrities and screen stars including Jean Simmons, Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly.

In 1967, Pringle of Scotland was acquired by Joseph Dawson (Holdings) Limited, who were later renamed Dawson International Plc.[5] Throughout the 1980s and 1990s leisure and sportswear played a key role within the Pringle of Scotland brand with top British golf players including Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie being sponsored by the group. It was during the early to mid 1980s that Pringle become a household name on the football terraces and still holds a nostalgic place in the heart of the casual movement.[4]

In 2000, the brand which was losing around £4.5m per annum was bought for £6m by Hong Kong-based S.C. Fang & Sons Company, Ltd. Pringle has headquarters in Hawick, Scotland and a Design Studio based in London, England. They strive to continue to produce as much as possible in Scotland.[2]

Despite its slightly vulnerable position, Pringle gained a fresh lease of life in the new millennium, under the leadership of newly appointed chief executive Kim Winser formerly of Marks & Spencer.[5] Winser and Stuart Stockdale led the company's efforts to return to the high-fashion status it had formerly enjoyed, exhibiting at London Fashion Week with new designs based on the company's trademark twinset and Argyle pattern.[6]

In 2005, both Winser and Stockdale left the company, and having so far invested over £35m Kenneth Fang handed over control to his children, Jean and Douglas Fang. By this stage sales had risen to almost £25m with losses running at around £8m due to the expansion.[7][8]

After Clare Waight Keller was appointed the new Creative Director,[9] 2007 saw the introduction of a luxury accessories range. In March 2011 ex-Balenciaga designer Alistair Carr was named as Design Director following the resignation of Clare Waight Keller.

Fran Stringer was announced as the Womenswear Design Director in 2016 and Giuseppe Marretta joined as Menswear Design Director in 2019 [10][11] The Pringle of Scotland Autumn Winter 2016-17 campaign was shot by photographer Harley Weir and art directed by Christopher Simmonds in Scotland.

In 2019 there were collaborations with H&M worldwide (Pringle of Scotland X H&M) and skater brand Palace (Pringle of Scotland X Palace). In 2020 Pringle of Scotland celebrated her 205th anniversary.[12]


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  2. ^ a b Brocklehurst, Steven (9 April 2015). "Diamonds are forever: 200 years of Pringle of Scotland". BBC.
  3. ^ a b Elizabeth, Nichols (10 April 2015). "A Dance Takes Shape From Pringle of Scotland's Archives". The New York Times Style Magazine.
  4. ^ a b c Barty-King, Hugh (2006). Pringle of Scotland: and the Hawick Knitwear Story. Quiller Press.
  5. ^ a b "The lion prepares to roar". Drapers Record. 2 April 2001.
  6. ^ "Pringle designer leaves". Vogue. 11 May 2005.
  7. ^ "Winser to walk away from Pringle". The Scotsman. 23 November 2005.
  8. ^ "Pringle rocked by loss of design chief". The Scotsman. 12 May 2005.
  9. ^ "Is Pringle the new Gucci?". Vogue. 28 July 2005.
  10. ^ Banks, Libby (1 December 2014). "Pringle of Scotland, a Heritage Brand Modernized in 3-D". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Massimiliano, Sortino (9 February 2016). "Pringle of Scotland: here comes Fran Stringer". Vogue Italy.
  12. ^ "Pringle of Scotland". Pringle of Scotland. 1 January 2021.

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