Borders quartet in fashion awards final

Barrie Knitwear factory in Burnfoot, Hawick
Barrie Knitwear factory in Burnfoot, Hawick

Four local businesses will battle it out with other leading names in the industry after being shortlisted in the Scottish Fashion Awards.

Hawick-based Barrie Knitwear will go up against Galashiels firm ERIBÉ Knitwear and two others finalists for the new Exporter of the Year award.

In the Scottish Textile Designer/Brand of the Year category the five finalists include Hawick-based company Brora and Queene and Belle, from Bonchester Bridge.

The winners will be announced at a glittering event in London on September 1, hosted by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael MP, and awards founder Dr Tessa Hartmann.

Victoria Stapleton, founder and creative director of Brora, said: “Brora is proud to be working with the very best cashmere mills and this nomination is a great honour.

“It is an acknowledgement of our 21 years of designing collections full of colour and style, using traditional techniques and craftsmanship. We are delighted.”

Rosemary Eribé, managing director of ERIBÉ Knitwear, added: “The nomination is recognition of our long term commitment to exporting and promoting Scottish textiles.

“Our commitment to exporting and promoting Scottish textiles spans 28 years and we are honoured to sit alongside Barrie Knitwear.”

Responding to their nomination, Angela Bell of Queene and Belle said: “We are delighted to be nominated for Scottish Textiles Brand of the Year.

“It is lovely to be recognised for all of the hard work we have put into our brand and our commitment to making our cashmere in the Borders.”

Nobody from Barrie Knitwear was available for comment.

Speaking about the awards, Mr Carmichael said: “It’s great to see year on year the commercial and creative success these Scottish designers, brands and manufacturers are having and it’s important they are acknowledged and supported.

“These awards are now recognised around the world as the benchmark of success within the global fashion community and are without a doubt the most high profile showcase of Scottish fashion, design and textile talent in the country.”