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Chanel acquires Scottish cashmere firm Barrie

Scottish cashmere company Barrie Knitwear is the latest brand to be acquired by French fashion house, Chanel.

Oct 23, 2012 | By AFPRelaxnews

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The Chanel Metiers d’Art show will take place in December at an as yet undisclosed location near the Scottish capital it was revealed Wednesday, following the French luxury brand’s acquisition of Scottish cashmere firm Barrie earlier in the week.

Karl Lagerfeld will be taking Chanel’s pre-fall collecition, known as the Metiers d’Art, to Edinburgh, revealed Wednesday.

Details are scarce for the moment, but a date for the show has been confirmed as Dec. 4, and the fashion extravaganza looks poised to set the Scottish capital alight.

Chanel announced on Tuesday that it had bought the Barrie Knitwear cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders area. The 140-year-old firm had been facing a long spell in administration after the collapse of parent company Dawson International.

Chanel fashion president Bruno Pavlovsky told the BBC: “The acquisition of Barrie business by Chanel is all the more natural as the factory has worked with us for more than 25 years, producing cashmere knitwear including Chanel’s iconic two-tone cashmere cardigans….Through this acquisition, we reaffirm our commitment to traditional expertise and craftsmanship, and our wish to safeguard their future and support their development,” he added.

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