Luxury Scottish knitwear and cashmere brand Pringle said on Monday it will open a dozen stand-alone luxury stores around the world over the next three years.

The first will open at Heathrow Airport's Terminal Three in May and feature its new range of accessories, with new stores in London's Bond Street and Sloane Street due to follow this autumn.

The news comes just days after Pringle announced it is to be re-launched in the US, with top New York department store Barneys and Hollywood's Maxfield and Fred Segal being the first to take the range.

The move is the latest in a complete shake-up of the 185-year old brand under Kim Winser, who joined as chief executive two years ago from Marks & Spencer.

She was given a free reign by Hong-Kong-based fashion leaders the Fang Brothers who had just bought Pringle from Dawson International for £6 million.

One of her first acts in repositioning Pringle as a "must-have" fashion item was to get rid of its dowdy image by axing golf star Nick Faldo from his £1.5m-a-year sponsorship.

Winser then brought in a new range of contemporary, pastel and sorbet coloured jumpers with a slimmer, more streamlined fit. She also slashed prices in half.