A classic Scottish fabric reinterpreted in our fall collection
Brooks Brothers was the first clothing company in the United States to sell Harris Tweed, in 1909. Handwoven for centuries in Scotland, Clò Mór, translated from the Scottish Gaelic as “the big cloth,” remains an indelible part of the brand to this day.
The fabric is experiencing such a resurgence in popularity that production facilities are at capacity. Only three active mills and approximately 185 weavers remain in the Outer Hebrides Islands, the only place where Harris Tweed can be made. The Harris Tweed Act of 1993 firmly defined the fabric, specifying that it must be created of pure virgin wool. To testify to its authenticity, all finished products are inspected and receive a serial number and Orb trademark, which speaks to the exclusive nature of the cloth.
Its outerwear roots are referenced strongly this season. We’ve expanded our Harris Tweed offerings to include a four-pocket hunting jacket, hats, wingtip sneakers and field boots. Crafted using a color palette of loden, moss and other earthen shades, the garments recall the fabric’s functional outdoor origins. “We want to reinforce to the customer how much craftsmanship goes into our Harris Tweed products,” says Glen Hoffs, Director of Men’s Design. Hoffs thinks of it as the “original camouflage,” with its color and heft traditionally serving its wearers well in woodland surroundings and colder climates.
Crafted using a color palette of loden, moss
and other earthen shades, the garments recall the fabric’s functional outdoor origins.
Look closely and you can see a vast array of colors in what might appear to be brown from afar. This lends a depth of surprising aesthetic subtlety to the cloth. “That vibrancy is not available in other tweeds,” says Stewart Roxburgh, Senior Executive at Scottish Enterprise. “You wouldn’t realize how much effort goes into blending 30 or 40 shades to get the right color. It’s almost alchemy.” The result: an artisanal fabric with autumnal appeal.