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Member Spotlight: Scottish cashmere brand Kinalba


Sinclair Duncan Textiles launches Scottish cashmere brand Kinalba


Sinclair Duncan Textiles Ltd, the established Galashiels cashmere accessory manufacturer, has launched a new, premium cashmere brand called Kinalba.

Expertly crafted in the Scottish Borders, Kinalba aims to achieve a harmony between traditional textile techniques and contemporary fashion. It uses only the finest cashmere fibres and is committed to sustainability and traceability from source to recyclable packaging.

It is also passionate about supporting the wider Scottish textile industry and reducing its carbon footprint by manufacturing its products locally.

Focused on the domestic market, USA and Japan, the Kinalba collection – which includes scarves, stoles and blankets – has been designed by renowned textile designer Alistair McDade, who joined the Sinclair Duncan team in January 2020.

It seeks to bring a dynamic and fresh dimension to luxury Scottish cashmere, with its emphasis on complementing personal styles and enabling individuality.

Sinclair Paterson, Founder and CEO of Sinclair Duncan Textiles Ltd, said: “The Scottish Borders has a proud history and reputation for producing some of the world’s most luxurious fabrics. Kinalba – which blends heritage, expertise, traditional skills and design innovation – represents the future of the industry, selling a modern Scotland to an international market.

“Not only that, but Kinalba places sustainability at its heart, both in terms of recognising and addressing the environmental challenges we face, but also to preserve the legacy of the Scottish Borders textile industry. We are proud of our history and heritage, but it’s important to focus on the future of the industry, working together to help it grow and prosper and to sustain an industry that has traditionally been – and we hope will be again – at the heart of the Scottish Borders economy.”

Sinclair Paterson founder of Sinclair Duncan Textiles

Sinclair Paterson, co-founder of Sinclair Duncan Textiles


Sinclair Duncan Textiles Ltd. was established in 2013 by Galashiels-based husband and wife team Sinclair and Debbie Paterson, who have over 30 years’ experience in the textile industry.

The launch of Kinalba represents a significant move into the global textile market for the company, while at a local level, through its continued collaboration with Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design in Galashiels, it aims to inspire and educate students to support the future of the industry and enable it to thrive.

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