Major John Laing established ‘John Laing & Sons’ as a family business just under two centuries ago, in Hawick, Scotland.

Initially specializing in fully-fashioned virgin wool garments and stockings, for both men and women.

John Laing’s reputation for manufacturing superior quality knitwear quickly spread.

The brand witnessed steady growth and saw expansion throughout this period.


Continual growth throughout the 1870’s.

‘John Laing & Sons’ trademark was registered.

Garments remained fairly basic despite fashion changes within this period.


Now manufacturing fully-fashioned garments, predominantly for sale within the UK to meet market demand.


John Laing & Sons began working with well-known designers, including Lanvin, Christian Dior and Celine; adding ‘style’ to the growing quality and luxury image of the brand.


John Laing & Sons expanded into 2 new markets; USA and Far East.

A relationship was now established with the brand and American customers.


John Laing and Sons continued to work with high-profile designers, including Calvin Klein.


Acquired by Barrie Knitwear Ltd.

Brand name evolved under new ownership to “John Laing Cashmere”.


Barrie Knitwear Ltd. and therefore John Laing Cashmere, are major suppliers to couture and designer houses. The business was purchased by Chanel in October 2012.

The financial strength and design influences in which Chanel has brought to Barrie Knitwear Ltd. offers stability and has created many business growth opportunities.


Barrie Knitwear Ltd. launched a training school in 2012 to ensure key hand-skill operations used in manufacturing the garments are retained and increased.