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Chanel to expand workforce at Hawick's Barrie Knitwear

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Media captionChanel bought Barrie Knitwear in Hawick in October 2012

Paris fashion house Chanel has unveiled plans to expand its workforce at its Border knitwear factory to meet a surge in demand.

The company bought Barrie Knitwear in Hawick in October 2012.

The move secured all 176 jobs at the firm and since then an additional 60 workers have been taken on.

Sales director Clive Brown said the company would need to take on the same number again over the next two years.

He added: "It's very difficult to understand ourselves how fast the business is growing.

"It's at a point now where we are turning business away and that's one of the reasons we need more people."

As well as Chanel, the firm has also supplied other top design houses.

Mr Brown said: "The order book is fantastic. As more people realise what we do and how specialised we are, there are more of these top-end players knocking on our door."

The mill has launched its second ready-to-wear collection for Spring-Summer 2015, designed by Odile Massuger.

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