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- Outlander Boost for Tartan Firm

Outlander Boost for Tartan Firm

Textiles firm Ingles Buchan has agreed a new merchandising supply deal on the back of soaring demand for products made from the tartans it produced for the TV series, Outlander. (Outlander Fraser Tartan shown here)

Ingles Buchan, which is based in Glasgow and operated a mill in Selkirk, forged links with the Outlander show two years ago when it was asked to create five tartans for characters in the show.

Demand for the tartans featured on screen have since soared, and the company is weaving its first orders after raising finance based on the deal.

The Outlander tartans will be woven in Selkirk and a range of products, include kilts, scarves, hats and bags will be manufactured from the fabric in Glasgow. Celtic Croft is one of the companies supplying retail items in the Outlander tartans (currently on pre-order availability).

Colin Brown, managing director of Ingles Buchan, said: "We're thrilled at becoming a supplier of genuine Outlander tartan merchandise.

"Producing the range will be a real boost for our business and our plans to grow.

"In recent years Scotland's textiles industry has been in decline but we have shown that demand remains for high quality, traditional cloth."

Ingles Buchan, which was set up 50 years ago, produces tartan accessories including scarves, ties and waistcoats.

It plans to sell Outlander inspired merchandise across Europe, Canada and the US.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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