High society knitwear company hopes to say thanks for Borderers’ memories

Lyle & Scott Archive Exchange. Bing Crosby wearing L&S)
Lyle & Scott Archive Exchange. Bing Crosby wearing L&S)

A BORDERS textile company whose knitwear was worn by stars including Bing Crosby and Bob Hope is trying to reclaim its history this weekend.

Anyone with items related to Lyle & Scott, founded in Hawick in 1874, is invited to go to the company’s archive exchange day at Beanscene in the town on Saturday.

Lyle & Scott Archive Exchange. An L&S worker

Lyle & Scott Archive Exchange. An L&S worker

Lyle & Scott designer Jen Kent said: “We are hoping to start building back our archive and filling in the blanks while also learning more about our history and the Lyle & Scott story.”

The company hopes to photograph any memorabilia people bring – and it will give them a new Lyle & Scott item as a thank-you present.

Ms Kent said: “We are on the lookout for any vintage Lyle & Scott memorabilia people may have – garments, historical documents, photographs or cuttings from newspapers – and asking they bring them along to be photographed for our record.  

“We are also hoping local people come along and share their stories and memories of the company over a cup of tea.”

Lyle & Scott Archive Exchange. design for Dior in the 1950's,

Lyle & Scott Archive Exchange. design for Dior in the 1950's,

Saturday’s event will also include old photographs featuring former employees on display.

Ms Kent continued: “Lyle & Scott is acutely aware of the importance of its historical archive as a valuable source of inspiration.

“Unfortunately, somewhere along our 137-year history, substantial parts of our archive have been lost.  We see this as a real tragedy, to be missing these portions of our rich history and so many beautiful designs and this is where the Archive Exchange comes in.”

Designers associated with the company in its 137-year history include Christian Dior and Michael Kors. And Lyle & Scott was known for many years for its golfing knitwear, launched in 1967 and quickly taken up by renowned golfers of the day including Tony Jacklin, Gary Player and Greg Norman as well as golfing enthusiasts such as Hope and Ronnie Corbett.

Corbett usually wore a Lyle & Scott jumper during his monologues on the television show The Two Ronnies.

The brand, with its distinctive golden eagle logo, was revamped in 2003 with the launch of its vintage collection and embraced by indie bands such as the Arctic Monkeys and TV presenters, including Dermot O’Leary and Steve Jones.

Lyle & Scott Vintage has expanded its range to include accessories and the company’s products have appeared on the Channel 4 series Skins, which boosted the company’s youth following.

Ms Kent said of Saturday’s event, which runs from 10am to 5pm, that any items relating to Lyle & Scott are welcome, from old jumpers lurking in the attic to photographs of locals sporting Lyle & Scott items.

For further information contact Jen Kent on 0207 467 7519 or Jen.Kent@lyleandscott.com