Scotland Re:Designed

Historic Scottish manufacturer Hawick Knitwear is joining forces with British design brands for a showcase in Hong Kong this week. The company, based in the Scottish Borders, is launching its exciting Autumn/Winter 2017 collaborations with Teatum Jones, Cats Brothers, Mixter Maxter and Jennifer Kent. The collection will this week travel to Hong Kong, ‘The Gateway to Asia’, for the SR:D Hong Kong Showroom. Backed by Hawick’s sister company Artwell in China, the Scottish manufacturer is working to attract new clientele back to the Borders, an area known around the world for its skills synonymous with luxury. The aim is that these partnerships will lead towards inward investments for British brands.

The SR:D Hong Kong showroom, which takes place on 23 and 24 March 2017, was created by the national organisation, Scotland Re:Designed. They specialise in fashion, accessories and interior designers and providing showrooms and exhibitions, annual awards and runway show calendar, events and business support opportunities. Their aim is to grow and develop small Scottish businesses and designers.

The showroom will provide a one-of-a-kind business opportunity for these British brands, who began embarking on the production of their collections in early 2017. This was done with product samples using Hawick Knitwear’s finest yarns and cashmeres, and the finished pieces which will feature in the SR:D curated showroom.

The event is particularly great news for Scottish designers, as three of the four designers chosen to participate in the event are Scottish. Joining London-based English designer, Teatum Jones, a label which has become recognised for its modern, polished and bold aesthetic, are Scottish designers Cats Brothers, Mixter Maxter and Jennifer Kent.

Cats Brothers are an award winning ready-to-wear luxury knitwear label with a crafted approach to design, making clothes that are fashion forward, and always with a sense of humour. Mixter Maxter are known for combining a cacophony of colour and pattern in their knitted lambswool pieces. Designer Kirsteen Stewart creates bold and colourful combinations using graphic patterns and bright colour combinations allowing the pieces to be mixed and matched to create loud, fun and vibrant looks. Jennifer Kent is a luxury knitwear brand specialising in signature cashmere and merino accessories for men. Inspired by the heritage, integrity and expertise found within the Scottish textile industry each collection is thoughtfully curated and traditionally crafted.

As a well-known global manufacturer, Hawick Knitwear has been keen to work with other UK brands, and they have created innovative new collections with the designers. These collections have already debuted at London fashion week and Paris Fashion Week before heading to their showcase in Hong Kong.

Hawick Knitwear are one of the most traditional Scottish knitwear companies, dating all the way back to 1874. Based in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, the company produce authentic Scottish knitwear using traditional methods and hand finishing. This proud tradition is backed by cashmere specialists Artwell, who are based in Hong Kong. When asked about this year’s collaborations, Eric Chu, of Artwell said of the four designers:

“We are delighted with the designs, and are very excited to be working with these British brands.”

With Artwell's expertise in luxury cashmere production for world renowned fashion brands and Hawick Knitwear's production heritage, Hawick Knitwear is revamping its high-end luxury production that has been the hallmark of Scottish textile for so long.

The collections will go on to showcase from Thursday 23 to Friday 24 March at the Garage Society in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. The Garage was founded with the hope of reshaping the way people conceptualise work in Hong Kong. With its pop-up shop style event space, Garage Collective makes the space the first of its kind in Hong Kong, where work-life integration is not only encouraged but is their intent. This allows for overseas networking opportunities and gives international buyers first-hand access to the exclusive collections.

Showroom Opening times:

Thursday 23rd March 2017        -           10am – 5pm
Friday 24th March 2017             -           10am – 7pm

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Last updated 23 Mar 2017