Tweed originates from Scottish islands but has become a much sought-after material in modern day country fashion.The quintessentially British design became popular in the 19th Century, made popular by high-quality weaving, variety in design and its versatility as a material. Those weaving the fabric formerly referred to it as ‘Clò-Mòr’ – translating roughly to big print from Gaelic. This name has since been dropped, and the cloth is widely known as Tweed. A common myth states that this name derives from a mistranslation of ‘Tweel’ to mean twill, the weaving technique used to create the fabric. Though this is a popular belief, there are alternative stories of how the name originated.
The material was designed to be hardwearing and protective to withstand the harsh elements on the islands.
Following countless imitations of the fabric, Harris Tweed became a protected brand and the first registered British Trademark. Guidelines state that only Tweed spun and woven on the Isle of Harris can be classed as Harris Tweed. These guidelines and the iconic orb symbol protect the brand and those creating the fabric. The sought-after fabric has been fashioned into a number of items, and our Harris Tweed collection features a number of products from handbags to dog accessories.
Following the material's rise in popularity amongst estate owners, Balmoral became the first to design their own Estate Tweed. This association caused the fabric to soar in popularity amongst wealthier members of society, and particularly the aristocracy. Over the years, the popularity of the material has made it largely more affordable in recent years. Whilst to this day Tweed remains the textile synonymous with Scottish field sports, the material bears a strong association with the country lifestyle and is worn commonly in a variety of everyday garments.
We source our Pure New Wool tweeds from a number of British and Irish mills including Marton Mills, Abraham Moon, Johnstons of Elgin and Mallalieus of Delph. These mills are in smaller numbers than their former years, though the knowledge and skills remain part of the production processes. Many mills retain staff for long periods of time, which helps to ensure that quality remains consistent over the years. By working closely with these mills, we are able to bring our customers tweed pieces that are exclusive to us. This means you get the authentic country fashion look with an individual flare. We work tirelessly every year to ensure the materials we are bringing our customers are of the highest quality at an affordable price.