The Harris Tweed Project
THE NEW DISTILLERY HARRIS TWEED® JACKET
The first creative collaboration with our cloth.
We are delighted to release our new made-to-order Distillery Harris Tweed® jackets designed by Judy R Clark and made here in Scotland.
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 with both, 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.
MADE TO ORDER FOR YOU
DESIGNED WITH CRAFT AND CARE
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 these two new creations...
A unique design by Judy R Clark
Made from 100% Isle of Harris Distillery Harris Tweed
Handwoven by Stephen Passmore in Rodel, Isle of Harris.
Made to order here in Scotland.
Velvet cuffs and collar.
Copper-coloured buttons and contrast buttonhole stitching in Isle of Harris Gin blue.
Embroidery on the collar in rose gold threads with our motto ‘Esse Quam Videri’
Satin lining in Isle of Harris Gin blue
Free delivery in bespoke packaging with tissue paper, booklet, and copper wire hanger.
Available with gift message
Your jacket will be made to order and delivered in 10-12weeks
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.
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