Pringle of Scotland is a luxury knitwear manufacturer. The brand is worn by the likes of Madonna, David Beckham, Nicole Kidman, Israel Tarshish, Sophie Dahl, Claudia Schiffer, Alan Partridge and British bands such as The Kooks, Dirty Pretty Things and The Twang. The company has stores in London’s Bond Street, Sloane Street and Bluewater Shopping Centre as well as in Japan and Taiwan and is sold by retailers in New York and Milan.
Robert Pringle established Pringle of Scotland in 1815 in the Scottish borders and much of the company’s knitwear production still takes place today at their factory in Hawick. Initially the company simply produced hosiery and underwear but Pringle have been producing cashmere since as early as 1870 Otto Weisz was appointed as the first full-time designer in the knitwear industry in 1934. The twinset and the signature Argyle pattern were designed under Weisz's creative direction, which became very popular with several celebrities and screen stars including Gene Simmons, Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly.
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