Our Story

Sinclair Duncan is the fast-growing cashmere accessories brand, established in 2012 by Sinclair and Debbie Paterson. Based in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders, Sinclair Duncan aims to support independent manufacturers and reinforce the area’s strong reputation for high quality textile manufacturing.

Only the finest cashmere is used in the Sinclair Duncan range, which has been carefully sourced from Inner Mongolia, then expertly dyed, woven or knitted, and finished in Scotland by experienced hands.  With over 20 years’ experience in the luxury textile industry, company director, Sinclair Paterson, recognises that quality counts, heritage holds and strong design creates distinction.


‘Not only have the history and landscape of the Borders influenced our designs, but so have the people.

We are very fortunate to have Heriot Watt University (Borders Campus) right on our doorstep, which is where fresh exciting designers graduate from every year.

In 2014 we took on two students to design our limited edition collection, which has been incredibly successful.’

The scarves in the limited edition collection were inspired by Abbotsford, the historic home of Sir Walter Scott, which sits in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Tweed, just a few miles from the Sinclair Duncan design studio and showroom. Throughout the Sinclair Duncan range, the Shepherd’s Plaid design that Sir Walter Scott favoured is brought in to maintain the subtle Scottish heritage.

The Tweeds used in the Sinclair Duncan ranges are taken from an archive produced in the early 1900s by Kemp Blair.

This company was based in Galashiels and was owned and run latterly by Sinclair’s father, Duncan Paterson. These classic designs, modernised by the house colours, create the distinctive Sinclair Duncan look.