Scotland's biggest manufacturer of tartans, Borders-based Lochcarron of Scotland, has won a £250,000 ($362,000) fabric deal with one of Japan's fastest-growing fashion houses.

The fabrics have been selected for the spring collection of Comme des Garçons, which despite its French name is Japanese and sells both men's and womenswear.

Lochcarron managing director David Ogilvie said yesterday: "We are using different types of yarns to get unique fabrics for Comme des Garçons - such as a blend of mohair and wool - not your normal worsted tartans."

"It is the high end of fashion - you either like it or you don't. The patterns are more check than true tartan with some very bright colours and the designs have a very different look aimed at a younger age bracket between 20 and 35."

He added: "The potential of the link for Lochcarron is considerable. One of our strengths has always been to nurture relationships. As our customers grow, we grow."

Lochcarron is already a respected name in Japan, not least as a result of licensing hugely popular tartan designs for school uniforms sold by Mitsukoshi, Japan's biggest supplier of schoolwear.

The connection with Comme des Garcons will further secure the future of the 160 workers at Lochcarron's Huddersfield Street mill in Galashiels.