Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / First Ballantyne shop opens in GUM
First Ballantyne shop opens in GUM
Apr '12
The first ever Ballantyne shop opened in GUM, Russia. Men's and women's collections and accessories are now available in a spacious shop decorated with dark wood, marble panels and green glass.

Ballantyne emblem adorns a wall inside and reminds the brand's story. On display are famous sweaters handmade by several craftsmen. The cashmere that made Ballantyne so renowned is also available on the shelves.

The English imported Indian colourful shawls in the 19th century. These shawls were brought from Kashmir valley, so, were called cashmere. It was woven from a soft and thin underfur of Tibetan wild goats.

The yarn is very delicate and very warm but is also very expensive as it is only in the Himalayan valleys that these goats can be found.

In those times the family factory of Henry Ballantyne produced tweed and Scottish chequered fabrics. When Sir Henry found about this thinnest underfur of Himalayas' goats he started to work on it and in 1921 he wove cashmere sweaters.

Scotsmen strictly followed all technological processes. Ballantyne's fabrics quality could arouse envy even of Kashmir princes. But still something lacked in the manufacture. The solution came in 1930 when the Ballantyne factory started to use intarsia technique.

It is handmade mosaic knitting that allowed the creation of the well-known sweaters with rhombus patterns lately known as Argyll and Brilliant. Trains and steamships exported Ballantyne collection to the fashion people around the world. The Queen has several times awarded the company for its achievements in the export markets.

GUM Store

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 21st Jul 2017

No shortage of cotton & yarn in country: Minister

There is no shortage of cotton and yarn in the country, and the...

Pic courtesy: Sutlej Textiles & Industries Ltd

Textiles | On 21st Jul 2017

Sutlej Textiles’ Q1 FY18 EBITDA expands to Rs 76.28 cr

Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd (STIL), one of India’s largest...

Textiles | On 21st Jul 2017

CAI revises 2016-17 cotton crop to 337.25 lakh bales

Cotton Association of India (CAI) has upwardly revised cotton crop...

Interviews View All

Kaizad Hansotia

Competition is the best thing that can happen to a startup

Abhishek Samdaria

GST will certainly reduce a lot of paperwork in future

Jurgen Gauger

‘Buying crowdsourced or creative designs are much more appealing to the...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


July 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search