Our Story

Nestled in the heart of the rich, unspoiled Borders countryside is Hawick – home to our factory. Hawick is synonymous with the Common Riding (an annual festival), rugby and the textiles industry. The first knitting machine was brought to the town in 1771 which kick-started an industrial revolution. Textiles has always been a huge part of the town’s identity and today is no different.

House of Cheviot was set up in 2002 by James Wright who decided to combine his entrepreneurial skills with local textiles knowledge to form what is now renowned as one of the leading luxury knitwear manufacturers. The iconic Cheviot Hills, which dominate the Scottish and English borders, provided inspiration for the company name.

We currently employ 23 friendly and passionate members of staff. All the manufacturing processes are completed under the same roof, too, from concept to completion. And every employee takes pride in creating top-quality products and being part of a brand that is ‘Made in Scotland’. House of Cheviot has also been instrumental in supporting the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme and has trained-up four full-time apprentices to date. Having young people working within our business injects enthusiasm, new ideas and helps to balance tradition with progression.

Making socks isn’t as simple as one might think! Each sock – we make approximately 60,000 pairs per year – passes through 12 pairs of highly skilled hands, from selecting the yarn to hand sewing, linking and packaging. We also safeguard the premium quality of our socks by using only the best yarns – our beautifully soft cashmere yarn is combed from goats living in the high plateaus of Mongolia, and we use the finest Australian merino wool which is spun in Italy. Good quality materials paired with our expert craftsmanship ensures the most luxurious hosiery. Our designs are often inspired by the beautiful landscape that surrounds us and the area is perfect to field test our new collections.

We have a worldwide customer base catering for all types of country pursuits and highland wear. Every customer is different, and each has their own story of why they want our socks. We are lucky enough to supply socks to the European Ryder Cup team and are official sock manufacturers for Team Scotland (Commonwealth Games).