The Harris Tweed Project

THE DISTILLERY HARRIS TWEED JACKET

The first creative collaboration with our cloth.

Award winning designer Judy R Clark is famed for her exquisite hand tailored designs comprising of Harris Tweeds, Scottish lace and antique fabrics. Previously working for the late Alexander McQueen, Judy set up her own business when she returned to Scotland creating bespoke ranges

Judy first began to use Harris Tweed when her grandmother, a native to the islands, brought the designer back a suitcase full of vibrant tweeds on the boat which had been woven by her Uncle Donald, a weaver on the island. The designer brings an avant-garde twist to the cloth creating contemporary wears in her unique collections

For this exclusive project Judy has been working with Alison MacDonald of Tiger Textiles in the Isle of Lewis. Alison has been working from her studio embroidering threads of rose gold on to sumptuous teal velvets for the hidden message in the back collars of the new Isle of Harris Distillery jackets.

Working in close collaboration we have created two new jackets with our unique cloth. Both the women's and men's styles have beautiful details including copper buttons, contrasting stitching and an embroidered collar.

These bespoke jackets are currently only available through a personal appointment and fitting with Judy at our winter pop-up shop in Glasgow.

Please see below for more information.

MADE FOR YOU BY JUDY R. CLARK

DESIGNED WITH CRAFT AND CARE

Ahead of releasing this design to a wider audience in 2021, we are offering customers in Scotland a chance to own a special personal, made-to-measure version of their own.

These are limited in availability and at the moment only available to people able to attend a consultation in Glasgow or Edinburgh in Scotland within the next five weeks.

The price of the jacket is £750.00 plus postage which includes a consultation with the designer Judy R Clark in her Edinburgh studio or in the Isle of Harris Gin pop up shop in Glasgow at a mutually convenient time.

Your jacket will be made and delivered in 4-6 weeks

Fitting sessions are limited and can be arranged by emailing iona@harrisdistillery.com

We will then arrange a call with you to discuss further details personally.

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THE STORY BEHIND THE CLOTH

In 2018, we set out to discover more about the art of weaving and the skills of the people and mills who help bring the historic island textile known as Harris Tweed into being. 

Since then, we’ve been exploring the craft and creativity of our community’s young people through The Harris Tweed Project as we set local schoolchildren the challenge of designing a new and very special Isle of Harris Distillery tweed.

With the help of Harris Tweed Hebrides, the Harris Tweed Authority, and our islands’ education services, we’ve worked closely with schools and pupils across the islands to design a new Isle of Harris Distillery Harris Tweed pattern.

After running a series of practical workshops we were delighted to receive over 150 entries in an island-wide competition to create the final design.

THE WINNERS

After months of workshops and working with local children our congratulations go to 14-year-old Scott Murray from S3 at Sir E. Scott School here in the Isle of Harris.

Scott’s entry stood out from very early on in the process, with a well-presented submission encompassing an intriguing mood board, experimental yarn selections and pattern painting. 

His visual creativity was heightened by a carefully thought-out rationale of his influences as he sought to explain the ideas and inspiration behind his work in words too.

Our congratulations also go to the four other finalists: Ethan Macaulay from Leverhulme Memorial School who is the winner of the Lower Primary category; Kate Macleod from Sgoil Nan Loch and Abby Burley from Laxdale Primary who are joint winners in the Upper Primary category; and Neil Morrison from Sir E Scott School as the winner in the Secondary school category.

" It comes as great comfort to those of us in the Harris Tweed industry that there are young islanders coming through who clearly have the skill and interest to continue in their generation what those 150 years ago started. "

Lorna Macaulay, Harris Tweed Authority CEO