Beige, magnolia, ‘brilliant’ white and other neutrals are still the easy, comfortable and safe options when it comes to interiors but leading hotels and upholstery companies are encouraging a bold new age for colour and patterns.
The Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow and more recently The Caberfeidh in Stornoway (pictured above) have used bold colours of our heavier tweed and stand as great examples of how a textured ‘splash of colour’ can add even more warmth than a more traditional wallpaper or coat of paint.
We have a whole new range of bright coloured Harris Tweed in plain and patterned designs available at our Stornoway store. These standard weight fabrics are ideal for soft furnishings like curtains and cushions and the multitude of colours in our yarns help our patterns blend more easily to an existing colour scheme.
We have picked our TRT021 as an example. Bold blues with fawn plaid under a statement orange window pane. In interior design there is nothing wrong with neutrality but a cut of Harris Tweed could add both elegance and provenance to your home.
“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances” so mused Bill Shakespeare but if he was around today he may replace stage with catwalk.
The fashion show circuit of catwalk shows and beautifully styled instillations now holds interest way beyond the fashion and textiles industry. In addition the entourage of bloggers (genuine) and wannabes generate endless on-line photos and copy that can usually be described as the good, the bad and the ugly.
This week was all about the good. The photo above (left) shows our fabric on the Parisian catwalk for Maison Martin Margiela. The image on the right is of respected fashion buyer, blogger and stylist @Kimair from her blog on the infinite versatility of a good Harris Tweed jacket.
What is an unquestionable positive aspect of these modern digital times is the easy access to information that allows us to ‘open the croft gate’ on the Harris Tweed industry.
As the nights get longer and the weavers and mill head towards their busiest time of the year we will be bringing you more stories from The Hebrides; just recently voted the best in Europe. What Bill Shakespeare or Rabbie Burns would have made of the beauty of our Islands we will never know but we have plenty of artists, artisans and plain old good characters to tell the story.
‘Never work with children or animals’ proclaimed Alan Titchmarsh on this weeks ITV show. The studio was festooned with dogs, sheep and wonderful Harris Tweed products.
After a tense stand-off with a Devon Closewool sheep (twinkle) and a St Bernard dog (Bernie) the show got under way with a feature on Britain’s ‘youngest shepherd’ followed by some exquisite dancing by Strictly’s Anton Du Beck and then it was tweed time.
Mark Hogarth of Harris Tweed Hebrides introduced products including, M&S and Tetrad before Doody (pictured above) the Chihuahua stole the show in his carrier from Love My Dog. Even though actor John Michie looked great in his jacket, Doody was without doubt the Harris Tweedstar of the week.
Harris Tweed Hebrides shop will soon stock a range of quality products pour le pooch including the Macdawg leads/collars below. Until now Harris Tweed has been more associated with the catwalk so we are pleased we are now part of the ‘dog walk’.
Mirko Vukasovic (Morrison) hails from the southern part of a stunning peninsula. No it's not Uig on the The Hebrides - where he still has family - or even in the same continent or hemisphere, it's Chile.
Mirko also happens to be a professional photographer and illustrator. After his recent visit to the island he shared his thoughts and images of 'the land and cloth' on his blog
The flasks captured is his pictured above are part of our retail range: Harris Tweed Hip Flask
It's a strange time we live in. Digital technologies are stamping their mark on 21st century living yet at the same time we are looking to bygone eras in our pursuit of style and heritage products.
Furniture specialists Tetrad have capitalised on this zeitgeist, producing an exquisite range of Harris Tweed upholstered products that have captured the imagination of Downton Abbey watching New Yorkers or London loving Russians set on adding a bit of British heritage and design to their not so humble homes
Central to Tetrad's ethos is that furniture should be a design feature in the home rather than something arbitrary and functional. Tetrad's Bob Cooper states; "The union of the iconic Harris Tweed Hebrides and the 50-year old classic upholstery company Tetrad has proved to be a world wide success . Thanks to 'Made in Great Britain' being in great demand coupled with the chance to invest in heirlooms of the future"
The collection is unashamedly classic but it is the succinct modern touches like the Brompton Tan hide piping and carefully chosen Harris Tweed patterns that catch the eye. The hand crafted element (every piece is glued, screwed and dowelled) with the made in UK stamp have been big sales drivers too.
Harris Tweed Hebrides' Chief Executive, Ian Angus Mackenzie, added; "The collaboration between HTH and Tetrad is working really well. The combination of our hand woven cloth and their hand crafted furniture is producing a superb product which is selling very well at the high end of the market.
I visited their factory recently and was very impressed by the process and the people. Their range of Harris Tweed products is unique and classy. They are also looking at extending this into other uses and we look forward to an excellent year of business with them."
Fashions may come and go in a season or two but class is permanent. Investing in this exquisite furniture will ensure comfort and style remain a permanent resident in your home.
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