Harris Tweed “Name, history and characteristics”

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Harris Tweed is a type of originating woolen fabric of Scotland.

The name would be derived, according to legend, by a misinterpretation of twill (or tweel, according to the Scottish pronunciation), which means plain twill weave which results in a fabric with diagonal grooves or designs made from various combinations such as bone of fish.

Since this method was used in the nineteenth century textile centers along the River Tweed, which represents the historic border between Scotland and England, this would explain the confusion.

The fabric is famous worldwide for its solid consistency which ensures durability for years. At first they used gray yarns and blacks and the classic herringbone motive was.

Today is produced in many colors and patterns including houndstooth (houndstooth), checked (picture), overchecked (windowed).

There are also versions in the colors of the classic Scottish tartan.

The Harris Tweed (Clò mòr in Gaelic) is a special quality made famous by the Countess of Dunmore who promoted at the Lewis and Harris islands fabric manufacturers, Uist and Barra, the Hebridean.

The label Harris Tweed guaranteed the pure virgin wool, woolen, woven, spun and hand-dyed with vegetable substances by the inhabitants of those islands. Today it is not a craft fabric, but it is produced in about 600 plants in an amount of nearly three million meters per year. Excellent quality, the characteristic light-dark pattern, especially herringbone, and with a wide range of colors, differs from normal tissue because it rougher.

Become a registered trademark in 1909 and the logo, a globe, is taken up by the crest of Dunmore accounts.

The Donegal (or irish tweed) is another type of tweed, a native of County Donegal in Ireland, it is characterized by buttons (dots) of color contrasting with the background colors.

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Since 1836 Holland & Sherry has continued to supply prestigious tailors and luxury brands with some of the finest cloths in the world. Stephen George Holland and Frederick Sherry began the business as woolen merchants at 10 Old Bond Street, London, specializing in both woolen and silk cloths. In 1886 Holland & Sherry moved premises to Golden Square, at the time the epicenter of the woolen merchanting trade.

By 1900 the firm was exporting to many countries, it was around that time a sales office was established in New York. In the early part of the 20th century, the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America were the dominant markets for the company. Amongst other distribution arrangements, there was a Holland & Sherry warehouse in St. Petersburg, Russia – a successful market prior to the revolution and now being successfully renewed.

By 1982 the business moved to Savile Row, which remains as our registered head office.

In 1968 Holland & Sherry bought Scottish cloth merchant, Lowe Donald, based at Peebles, in the Scottish Borders and decided to locate their distribution to the purpose built warehouse there. Of all the cloth merchants of Golden Square, which were established in the late 1800's, only Holland & Sherry remains. Over the decades we have purchased nearly twenty other wool companies.

We are constantly engaged in research for ever fine and more luxurious fibres and fabric qualities; sourcing the finest natural fibres, ranging from Super 240's, cashmere to pure worsted Vicuña. Our cloths are woven in the time honoured way to assured quality and good taste. A bespoke tailored garment in luxury Holland & Sherry cloth is truly an investment and always a pleasure to wear.