Not so many moons ago the Harris Tweed Industry was somewhat seasonal with an intensive push towards August followed by a quieter autumn characterised by design and sampling. Pleasingly this is no longer the case with September a flurry of design, weaving and last minute orders for the coming Autumn/Winter collections and beyond.
Premier Vision textiles ‘exposition’ remains an important diary date for the team at Harris Tweed Hebrides. Armed with the new collection of exquisite fabric samples fresh from Ken Kennedy’s loom, clients from all over the world will come to select their swatch samples in early preparation for their 2015 designs. Hall 6 stand SP13 promises to be buzzing with interest once again with Harris Tweed collections already hitting the headlines in The Sunday Times and Financial Times
In addition to the key business, the show also provides an opportunity for our unsung heroes of the pattern room (Roddy Martin and Gwen Crossley) to meet the clients that they normally only get to interact with via phone or computer.
Our esteemed associates at The Campaign for Wool (CfW), The UK fashion and Textiles Association (UKFT) and The Harris Tweed Authority (HTA) will join Harris Tweed Hebrides at Premier Vision. We wish them all a successful show and we extend that goodwill to all the Scottish and indeed British companies showcasing their finest cloth.
As the nights start to draw in and a chill enters the air we all cast a thought to our winter wardrobe. Trends are not as stringent as they once were but the underlying theme is a desire for products that are well made. Words like provenance, heritage, artisan and atelier feature heavily in the style media and that bodes well for Harris Tweed Hebrides so there is plenty of scope to purchase another Harris Tweed jacket, shoes or a sofa (picture above). The luxury is in the process and that process is guaranteed to keep you warm and stylish as winter approaches.