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About Us

Lochaven International Ltd is a thriving knitwear company situated in the heart of Scotland's traditional textile district of Stewarton, Ayrshire. Originally founded as a charity in the 1940's, the company has grown due to it's willingness to identify the significance worldwide of the "Made in Scotland" image. The rest of the world appreciates our Scottish ingenuity, innovation, quality, heritage and drive.

staffEmploying carefully chosen people who possess the vital skills of knitting, felting, cutting, sewing and linking all of whom are dedicated to the success of the company is the secret of consistent quality and customer satisfaction. The craftsmen of Lochaven have more than 500 years of experience between them in the art of knitwear manufacture.

Lochaven creates and manufactures knitwear for some of the most prestigious names in the knitwear industry most notably Prada, the influential Italian fashion house synonymous with luxury goods for men and women. We use only the finest quality yarns from spinners Z. Hinchliffe and Sons who have been in business for over 200 years and are one of the most respected suppliers of the finest quality lambswool, cashmere, angora and camel hair yarns.

clientsWe work with UK and international designers and buyers to create ranges which we manufacture in lambswool, cashmere, Shetland, or our own unique soft felted Lambswool trademarked worldwide as "Naturefleece". Lochaven supplies it's own branded "Naturefleece", Shetland and lambswool garments to many retailers throughout the world with 90% being exported to prestigious stores in Japan, Germany, USA and Russia.

Lochaven also supplies garments for the film industry, most notably the Harry Potter movies. Warner Bros. purchased Lochaven branded school cardigans, jumpers and tank tops worn by the entire cast and extras for every film in the Harry Potter film series. In 2010 Lochaven signed a global license agreement with Warner Bros. to supply replica co-branded garments as official Harry Potter merchandise to retailers worldwide including Warner Bros. Theme Parks. The opening of the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios in Florida created great excitement at Lochaven as all the costumed staff and actors are dressed in our Hogwarts knitwear. Our Harry Potter garments are also on display and for sale at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter.

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Respecting our environment.

From sheep to purchasable garment the distance covered is approximately 10,500 miles. The majority of this distance is in raw form, from the Geelong region in Australia to where the wool is carded and spun in Dalry, Scotland. From Dalry the carded and spun yarn then makes the short 9 mile journey to our factory in Stewarton where the purchasable garment is made which proves to be sustainable. Our Factory in Stewarton where the knitting, washing, cutting, linking and all aspects of garment assembly takes place has the best practices in place. The quality of our garments is second to none and the environmental cost is extremely low.