Chanel Saves One of Scotland’s Oldest Cashmere Mils From Shuttering

by , 10/17/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Chanel saved nearly 200 jobs in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday when the fashion house announced its acquisition of Barrie Knitwear, one of Scotland’s oldest cashmere-makers. The Hawick-based mill, which has produced Chanel’s cashmere knitwear for a quarter of a decade, was in danger of shuttering after its parent company, 140-year-old textiles conglomerate Dawson International, went into administration earlier this year due to pension liabilities. The sale secures the jobs of all 176 employees and “safeguards a historic brand known for the manufacture of high-quality cashmere for some of the world’s most prestigious couture houses,” according to Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s fashion president, who adds that the firm’s current management will stay in place and uphold all existing contracts without exclusivity.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION

“The acquisition of Barrie business by Chanel is all the more natural as the factory has worked with us for more than 25 years, producing cashmere knitwear including Chanel’s iconic two-tone cashmere cardigans,” Pavlovsky says. “Through this acquisition, we reaffirm our commitment to traditional expertise and craftsmanship, and our wish to safeguard their future and support their development.”

Barrie has produced cashmere knits for Chanel for more than 25 years, including its iconic two-tone cardigans.

Following Italian shoemaker Roveda, Barrie Knitwear is the second foreign company to be acquired by Chanel. Since 1985, the house has purchased nine high-end firms known for their artisanal craftsmanship, including the embroiderer Lesage, bootmaker Massaro, milliner Michel, and glovemaker Causse.

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[Via British Vogue]

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One Response to “Chanel Saves One of Scotland’s Oldest Cashmere Mils From Shuttering”

  1. brulee says:

    It is good news for the workers but I would like to see Chanel reform some of the extensive cruelty to animals of animal testing and fur production. Much of the fur farming industry is continued in China and the former Soviet States and in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable,animals electrocuted,slowly skinned alive or bludgeoned to death, it is far removed fromthe catwalk glamour, it should be hoped that at this stage in civilisation this was outmoded?

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