TWEED TALK: Harris Tweed will mount an installation at the Milan’s Triennale this month as part of the annual Salone del Mobile, or furniture fair. The show will feature fall 2015 runway looks by brands including Margaret Howell, Vivienne Westwood and Ermenegildo Zegna.
“A lover of wild open spaces, I feel an affinity for Harris Tweed,” Howell told WWD. “Weaving on hand looms creates a depth and complexity of texture that can’t be imitated by a mechanical process. The resilient wool, the designs in earthy colors reflect the landscape, the climate and the skills of the local people who produce it.”
Howell selected an overcoat from her fall 2015 collection that features the fabric. “It seemed to be the obvious choice when designing my first winter jacket and overcoat — and I’ve used it ever since. The proof is also that our customers are drawn to this heritage fabric as much as I am,” she said.
The show, which kicked off earlier this month, runs until September 12 and is hosted in association with the V&A Dundee and the British Government.
“Harris Tweed cloth is used by many and most of the world’s design houses,” said Lorna Macaulay, chief executive officer of Harris Tweed Authority.
“We wanted to showcase with our colleagues at the V&A the exceptional design innovation coming out of Scotland. We feel the garments and overall look achieved through exhibiting Zegna, Westwood, and Margaret Howell captures the very essence of classic yet contemporary use of Harris Tweed in both mens and women’s wear. Margaret Howell’s choice of fabrics echoes the landscape in which the cloth is handwoven by skilled craftsmen and women.”
Launched in 1909, the company has been supplying handwoven fabric to brands including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Comme des Garçons, J. Crew and Saint Laurent, and exports to more than 60 countries globally.