It’s getting cold in a hurry and if you’re keeping track at home, everyone and their mothers seem to be recommending tweeds for the fall and winter months. And for good reason too; they’re warm, timeless, and look killer on virtually anybody, but not all tweeds are created equal.
You’ve all seen that little Harris Tweed tag inside select garments but most people don’t think much of it. You kind of just associate it with a vague sense of quality. Well we decided to educate ourselves and find out what the story behind that tag was. Spoiler alert: it’s kind of a big deal.
First off, Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world that’s governed by its own Act of Parliament. No joke, you read that right. As in, there’s an authority that decrees whether or not a tweed is worthy of Sparta. Crazy. It basically states that to be considered, it’s got to be made from pure virgin wool which has been spun on the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland. Moreover, it’s also got to be hand-woven in the actual homes of the islanders; every single meter is woven in sheds by independent weavers on peddled looms. No motors allowed. What?
So that little tag is literally sustaining an entire way of life for a population of people. These local artisans have age-old skills that have been passed down from generation to generation to ensure the quality of their cloth.
And here I thought tweed was tweed. So next time you see that insignia, know that it truly is a mark of excellence, with a long and rich history behind it. Check out the authority for more info.