History from Harris
The people of the islands, Harris and Lewis, have been producing this handmade cloth for centuries as protection from the harsh climate of the far north of Scotland.
Harris Tweed is distinctive, hardwearing and luxurious, and has remained through history a unique product that epitomises quality and style. Renowned for its quality, warmth and durability, Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world governed by an act of parliament.
The tweed is today still made in the time-honoured way specified in the 1993 Act of Parliament; ‘With 100% pure virgin wool, dyed, spun and finished in the outer Hebrides and woven by hand by the islanders at their own homes on the islands of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra.’. Harris Tweed is made exactly as it always has been, including a twist in the material as the spinning takes place, giving the twill an extra layer of durability.
Inspired by Nature
Harris Tweed was once made using natural dyes found on the land in Harris and Lewis and the inspiration of nature is still clear.
Feel closer to the Scottish landscape in our Hepburn Earth Capes, or experience the colours of the soft sand and mountains of Harris in our Harlow Rust Capes.
Harris Tweed Today
From humble beginnings on a small island in Scotland, Harris Tweed has become one of the most recognisable fabrics in the world. Made with quality at its heart and history in its twill, this is a stylish and luxurious fabric for our time. The unique Act of Parliament is policed by The Harris Tweed Authority who monitors all production on the Islands on a daily basis. Every 50 metres of length of fabric is checked by their representatives before being stamped by hand with the ORB which is found in every genuine Harris Tweed garment. No other fabric can call itself Harris Tweed.