Maker’s Focus – Modern Heritage
We are privileged to work with some of Scotland’s oldest mills to create some of the world’s most exceptional tweeds. Without these mills we would not be able to produce our collections. Each season Natalie selects tweeds from vast archives and exciting new colourway’s that will form the start of a fresh collection-working two seasons ahead of herself.
The term “Tweed” was coined quite accidentally in 1826 as the result of a misread label on a shipment of woven wool “Tweels” – the Scots dialect word for twill – from weaver William Watson & Sons of Commercial Road, Hawick, to a London cloth merchant. The word “Tweel” had perhaps not been written clearly on the label but to the merchant “Tweed” made complete sense as these fabrics were chiefly used in those days by gentlemen for shooting and fishing, with the nearby river Tweed being a fashionable destination for such pursuits.
We proudly work with Lovat Mill, whose mill stands just a few metre’s away from where Watson’s mill once stood. They are situated on the banks of the river Teviot in Hawick. Here they produce tweeds in a vast array of country inspired colours and weaves, all with exceptional craftsmanship. We want to support mills such as this one to secure the future of these wonderful methods that they use and that have existed for hundreds of years.
Our impeccably tailored Ashworth coat and our single-breasted jacket this season are both made from the world-famous Harris Tweed. Using pure virgin wools, they are blended to create a myriad of intricate hues that emulate all the colours of their WILD landscape where the sheep live.
In the early Summer the island communities join together to round up and shear the local sheep, which are dotted throughout the landscape. We feel very proud to support this community and bring it to our customers. Harris Tweed is a truly sustainable fibre, non-allergenic and biodegradable.
We believe in using natural, sustainable fabrics in our beautifully crafted designs to ensure you will cherish these garments for years to come. They will stand the test of time and get better with age-classic designs with a contemporary twist combining comfort with luxury.