Thursday, 11 November 2010

Collaborating with Harris Tweed

Following on from lengthy visual love letter to Harris Tweed I wanted to ponder the future of the Champagne of fabrics. For me, the second collaboration with Nike merely scratches the surface of possibilities for this fabric. Having well and truly fallen for this special textile I began to ask myself what more could be done to continue its revival. I asked this very question to the director of the BBC4 series Tweed, Ian Denver, last year. His response still rings true...


Interestingly, this season sees another intriguing collaboration with the iconic 'Orb'. Harris Tweed Hebrides, the Shawbost-based company who I visited earlier this week have recently welcomed a major collaboration with high street powerhouse, Topman. The award winning company have been working closely with Topman's design team over the past year or so to create a stunning new men’s range, which extends from gloves and bow-ties to coats, trousers and jackets. The choice of tweed and the cut on the designs are exquisite and will no doubt attract a new audience. The fact that Topman are promoting the range on their US web-site as well as the UK one is great news for the fabric.


Collaboration will undoubtedly play its part in the continued revival of Harris Tweed. This season also sees Fred Perry, The North Face Purple Label and Norse Projects use the fabric in their collections. Now that you've seen exactly what makes Harris Tweed so very special, how would you like to see it used in the future? I'd like to see everyone from ASOS to Nigel Cabourn and Bill Amberg to Lou Dalton experiment with it. Which high street brands and designers would you like to see elevate this fabric further?

8 comments:

Brandon Acton-Bond said...

I'm eyeing up those gloves. Might have to order them for christmas. Also now I have a good reason to actually visit the topshop here (it is totally different over here compared to the UK stores).

vwdolly said...

Its nice to see Harris Tweed gaining popularity with a younger crowd, its been a closely guarded secret of an older generation for far too long!!

joy said...

I would like to see more designers who work with flowy and/or structured fabric manipulate like Rick Owens, Acne, or another shoe company like Bass. Fat chance but something a little different.

JD
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Anonymous said...

rag & bone used harris tweeds this season, some great coats!!

séamus said...

The gloves, The gloves! Where are they on the Topman website? I want them now!

Anonymous said...

Nigel Cabourn uses acres of Harris Tweed every winter season...

Style Salvage Steve said...

Brandon Acton-Bond: A fine choice, I have my eye on them as well...now if only I could find them.
Vwdolly: Agreed!
Joy: That's a great idea. Harris Tweed has this reputation of being a hard, itchy fabric but it has evolved so much in recent years.
Anonymous: Agreed!
Seamus: Ah, for some reason they are not on sale on line. I will chase this up.
Anonymous: Of course he does. I particularly love this season's Mallory Jacket.

Annette said...

Gloverall x Harris Tweed

would be wonderful

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