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Everything You Need to Know About Lyle & Scott Knitwear

Through our near-150 years of clothing history, one thread has been woven deep into the fabric of our heritage: knitwear.

From our first pieces made in Hawick, the Scottish Borders, to the present day and our most recent collections, men’s and women’s knitted jumpers and cardigans form an important cornerstone of what we do.

Here, we pick out some of the highlights from the last 148 years and look ahead to what the future holds for our collection of knitwear…

Humble beginnings

William Lyle & Walter Scott joined forces in 1874 to create the brand you know and enjoy today.

Taking out a modest loan of £800, William and Walter purchased a small factory in Hawick and initially started making knitted underwear; but their passion for their craft meant the brand’s reputation grew and grew…

Explore The History of Lyle & Scott using the link below.

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Golf and the One Ronnie

After launching our first golf range and a new logo in the 1960s, the Golden Eagle and the popularity of our knitwear soared to new heights in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

While golfers like Greg Norman, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus were performing on the course wearing our knitted jumpers, Nicklaus won the 1978 Open Championship wearing the Golden Eagle. An unlikely style icon was born on television too…

The Two Ronnies, starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett began in 1971 and featured various sketches. One of the highlights of the show was Ronnie Corbett’s armchair monologues, when the diminutive comedian would tell a long and hilarious story, but it wasn’t just the jokes that caught people’s attention.

A huge fan of golf, Ronnie Corbett was often seen sporting one of our pieces of knitwear and the Golden Eagle became synonymous with him. Corbett’s sense of style, inspired by his love of golfwear and the international Dandys, became a movement of its own.

The popularity of the Two Ronnies and the success of golfers wearing our pastel and Argyle numbers opened our brand up to a whole new audience, including the aspiringly stylish working-class movement known as the ‘casuals’.

Get up-to-speed with our relationship with the football casuals and the inspiration behind our Casuals clothing collection by reading The History Behind Lyle & Scott Football Casuals using the link below.

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Knitwear collaborations

As well as cementing our own legacy in knitwear, we’ve also helped grow the reputation of some of fashion’s biggest designers, like Michael Kors and Christian Dior, who we worked with on selections of women’s knitwear in the 1950s and ‘80s.

More recently, we’ve partnered with British brands who share our love of knitwear, like Universal Works and Oi Polloi.

Explore the full details of these classic knitwear collaborations and more in Lyle & Scott Collaborations Through the Years.

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Where are we now?

Fast forward to today and knitwear is still an integral part of what we do and who we are. Although styles have changed and trends have come and gone, the need for premium quality knitwear remains.

Our history is an important part of who we are now and helps to shape current collections. This season’s knitwear, for example, takes inspiration from the ‘70s punks, our golfing heritage, roots in Scotland, and more.

The latest collection of women’s knitwear features must-have pieces for any seasonal or capsule wardrobe.

Drawing inspiration from the representation of women’s football, the collection is built around functional, comfortable athleisure pieces like the Women’s Knitted Hoodie, Lambswool Jumper and Crew Neck Jumper.

What’s next?

Now that you know more about our prowess in creating men’s and women’s knitwear, it’s time to explore our latest selection of knitted cardigans and jumpers – including pieces from our Archive, Casuals and Golf ranges.

 

 

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