Pringle of Scotland

History

Pringle of Scotland is the iconic brand founded in 1815 at the birthplace of the Scottish knitwear industry. From the beginning, technical innovation has led to the creation of knitwear as outerwear it became one of the first luxury knitwear manufacturers in the world, having expanded throughout Europe, the US and Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Pringle has been knitting cashmere since the 1870s when it began as a luxury hosiery manufacturer. It was later credited with creating the intarsia design known today as the Pringle signature argyle pattern, which was immediately adopted by the Duke of Windsor and the fashionable set of the time. Pringle also took a sporty two-piece cardigan and sweater set from the golf course and retailored it to create the ‘twinset’, and a classic British style icon was born.

In March 2000, a new chapter began for the company when a brand vision and key strategies were put in place to take the business into the international luxury arena.

2010 marked Pringle’s 195th anniversary with the launch of the limited edition 195 Collaborations Collection. The Autumn / Winter 2010 campaign reunited the brand with Tilda Swinton and Ryan McGinley for a second season and also features Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon.

The autumn/winter 2014 collection sees technical innovations come back to the forefront. Head of Design, Massimo Nicosia’s collaboration with architect and Material Scientist, Richard Beckett sees the creation of a series of 3D printed fabrics using innovative new technology never seen before within a ready to wear collection.

As Pringle of Scotland nears its 200th anniversary, Robert Pringle’s founding principles of quality, style, authenticity and innovation are still of the utmost importance today. These are the foundations of a company that is one of the most desirable luxury heritage fashion brands in the world.