What is the essence of Harris Tweed? It’s a near rhetorical question and any answers will vary in tone and content but one thing is for sure they will all come with passion and conviction. A universal truth is that Harris Tweed has soul. A near mystical relationship exists between land and cloth a relationship orchestrated by the weavers. These artisans, using skills passed down from generations, are the unsung heroes of an industry that provides the beating heart of an impossibly beautiful yet vulnerable island archipelago.
Too rough, too old fashioned, too heavy, too….. to a renaissance that stands Harris Tweed as an integral part of designers’ collections year in year out. Harris Tweed has risen like a phoenix from the flames but the quality of the product has never been in question despite the rollercoaster journey.
Luxury, what is the essence of luxury? Is it the object or the subject? A diamond is a simple stone but by being limited and unique it becomes precious. Harris Tweed emulates this. The cloth is finite, the luxury is defined by the complex process. A unique fabrication of individual dying, spinning, weaving and finishing. The artisan input is the luxury. From this land, with these skills, comes this cloth.