Fashion label’s exhibition will stick out in Hawick

Jaggy Nettle uses textiles embellished with screen printed slogans.
Jaggy Nettle uses textiles embellished with screen printed slogans.

The latest exhibition at the Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick showcases the work of the prestigious fashion label Jaggy Nettle.

On display are a range of key fashion pieces for both men and women from past and present collections.

Heart of Hawick sign. Border Textiles Towerhouse.

Heart of Hawick sign. Border Textiles Towerhouse.

Jaggy Nettle is widely known for its daring approach, using traditional Scottish textiles embellished with screen printed slogans and motif to create contemporary and conceptual clothing and accessories.

The exhibition follows the journey from Jaggy Nettle’s inception in 2010 to becoming an internationally-recognised fashion brand stocked in the USA, Japan and across Europe.

Based in the Borders since 2003, husband and wife team Jason Lee and Emily Quinn have built up a reputation for quality and edgy design with regular collaborative projects with other designers, brands and charities.

Some of these projects are on display as part of the exhibition, including quirky scarves designed in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Both graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and made the move to the Scottish Borders in 2003.

This year they will set up the company’s headquarters in a former working textile mill in Hawick – fitting given that high quality fully-fashioned knitwear is at the heart of their business.

Shona Sinclair, curator of Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick, said: “We are delighted to work with Emily and Jason from Jaggy Nettle.

“With their move to Hawick in the coming months this is an excellent opportunity to promote their work locally.

“Jaggy Nettle is an exciting new addition to Hawick’s quality fashion tradition.”

Jaggy Nettle presents ‘Made in Grey Britain’ at Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm and Sundays 12pm – 3pm until Sunday 30 August. Free admission.