BRAND new design opportunities are being launched in Cumnock.

Dumfries House will host The Modern Artisan which will see students from the UK and Italy design and produce a sustainable luxury clothes.

The specially selected pupils will work on creating both menswear and womenswear as part of a new training project.

Students will be supported through the process of designing, manufacturing and bringing to market a luxury Autumn/Winter capsule collection.

Profits from the sale of the collection will be donated to The Prince’s Foundation to support its charitable work.

The exciting new initiative will be launched in mid-2020, with the collection being sold across all four YOOX NET-A-PORTER brands in a Group first.

It comes after The Prince’s Foundation and YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP announced the launch of their new partnership and unique project.

The collaboration is designed to equip young artisans with the skills to succeed in a fast-paced digital landscape and produce luxury apparel collections to the highest standards.

The evolution of an established relationship between HRH The Prince of Wales, President of The Prince’s Foundation, and YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP Chairman and CEO, Federico Marchetti, the partnership unites two specially selected groups of students and recent graduates in an Anglo-Italian alliance that explores what it means to be a modern artisan today.

The course will hopefully deliver design expertise with high-end sustainable manufacturing at its heart.

Six Italian students selected from leading design school, Politecnico di Milano, will design the collection.