‘Caerlee Mills was the last mill in Europe predominately to employ the specialist knitwear process of hand intarsia. Some of the staff had worked there for more than 40 years; we cannot buy, replace or pass on their knowledge once it has gone.
As a Scot, I realise we do not always appreciate and value our strengths until they have gone.
As world commerce and consumer patterns change, one thing is for sure: unless government invests in and supports our struggling textile industries, very few will survive. I see a deleterious lack of government support. China may have might, but we have history, skill and legacy.’
• Beca Lipscombe is director of fashion label Atelier EB.
Scotland’s oldest continually operating knitwear mill is to close, with the loss of more than 30 jobs.
Caerlee Mills in Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders region dates back to 1788. Previously the mill was in the ownership of the world renowned Ballantyne Cashmere company, which is famous for its luxury cashmere knitwear. Caerlee, produced hand intarsia and other cashmere knitwear.
‘With only a few colour ways being made available to date the Flyknit Racer is the next shoe in the Nike stable to get the company’s amazing colour treatment with the launch of its Nike Flyknit Multi Colour this weekend. The show uppers look like they are knitted in space-dyed yarns which incorporate fluorescent pinks, greens, blues, purples and yellows.’
Nike Flyknit Lunar 1 +
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