Learn everything you need to know about materials sourced in Scotland. From Chanel’s new purchase of the great Barrie Mill in Hawick, the world’s oldest mill on the planet, to the latest Harris Tweed accessories, perfect for winter treats.
For well over a century, Hawick has been known as the mill town for Barrie Knitwear and its reputable textiles worldwide. The brand has a proud history and ethos, perfecting the art of design and knitwear production to the highest possible standard. Manufacturing since 1874, The Hawick Mill produces garments in-house through the age old traditions cultivated by talented, skilled craftsmen who have many decades of experience to share between them; producing an average of 7,000 units per week.
Chanel Fall 2012 Barrie Knitwear Sweater
Making a mark since the early seventeenth century, Harris Tweed is the authentic fabric of Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The story of its production is said to be one of romance, struggle and survival. Production was founded by the local residents of the island who had then produced hand-woven cloth from the wool they sourced from their own sheep. The authentic Scottish fabric was recognised by Lady Catherine Herbert and became popular amongst its influential circles.
Today Harris Tweed is worn with pride and established companies clamber to integrate their own unique brand with traditional Scottish fabric, from Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. The uniqueness of the Harris Tweed is further-driven by the fact that it is known as the only fabric in the world today which is protected by its own Parliament and Statutory body (Harris Tweed Authority). There are currently three Outer Hebrides Harris Tweed mills that are in production with a number of sales outlets which offer the opportunity to buy this incredible authentic Scottish fabric.