From the outer isles of Harris and Lewis, to the soft rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders, our tweed and cashmere is sourced entirely from Scottish mills. The beautiful colours of the cloth are inspired by the natural hues of the Scottish landscape, each thread blended for depth and richness. Always known for its quality and durability, Scottish tweed today is equally famous for its soft, rich drape and elegance, and is just as much at home on the world’s fashion catwalks as in the wilds of Scotland.
Cashmere is a luxurious fibre which comes from the soft under hair of cashmere goats living in the mountains of Mongolia.
It’s exceptional warmth and softness make it highly prized for luxury garments and Scottish mills have long excelled in spinning and weaving it to perfection with help from our soft Scottish waters.
We use the finest cashmere in our scarves using yarn which has been dyed, spun and woven here in Scotland.
Harris Tweed is made by the legendary weavers of one of Scotland’s remotest islands, with wool grown, spun and dyed in that same beautiful landscape. For generations, the rich hues of nature have inspired the Harris artisans to blend and hand-weave exquisite fabrics of timeless elegance.
By law, Harris Tweed has to be woven in the homes of the Hebridean weavers, and Donald John Mackay continues the family tradition from his loom, overlooking the sandy beaches of Luskentyre bay.
‘From the land comes the colour; from the land comes the cloth.’
The famous Orb mark, always associated with Harris Tweed, can only be applied by the Harris Tweed Authority, and certifies the provenance and high quality of the cloth.
The black-and-white Shepherd check or houndstooth plaid was the foundation for the first estate tweed, worn by local shepherds. The novelist Sir Walter Scott adopted this as his own, and played an instrumental part in bringing Scottish plaid into British fashion in the 1820s. Today, this classic design is still woven locally by one of Scotland’s finest mills, on the banks of the River Teviot in Hawick.
‘Estate tweeds’ are so called because every Highland estate commissioned its own colourway to blend in with the local landscape, so that the hunters and gamekeepers were well camouflaged.
The name ‘tweed’ is derived from ‘twill’, a variety of woven cloth, pronounced ‘tweel’ in Scots dialect. The story goes that a London cloth merchant misread an order of ‘tweel’ as ‘tweed’ – probably assuming it was named after the famous Borders river. The idea caught on, and the rest is history!