Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Harris Tweed Hebrides is Textile Brand of the Year
Harris Tweed Hebrides is Textile Brand of the Year
26
Jun '09
Shawbost-based Harris Tweed Hebrides has been named as Textile Brand of the Year at the 2009 Scottish Fashion Awards held at Stirling Castle.

The firm, which employs over 40 people at the Shawbost mill and now accounts for more than 90 per cent of Harris Tweed production, was founded just 18 months ago and produced its first tweed in June of last year.

To win the award, Harris Tweed Hebrides fended off competition from long-established companies on the short list including Johnston of Elgin, Hawick Cashmere and Pringle of Scotland.

The award was accepted by the chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides and former UK trade minister, Brian Wilson, and the company's creative director, Mark Hogarth.

Mr Wilson said: "This is fantastic recognition for everything that has been achieved at Shawbost over the past 18 months. We were delighted just to be bracketed alongside great companies like Johnston of Elgin and Hawick Cashmere but to win the award was totally unexpected".

He said that the generic Harris Tweed brand remained "incredibly strong around the world" and that their own company had tried to add value to the brand through collaborations with cutting-edge designers in the fashion, interiors and accessories sectors.

Mr Wilson said: "It has been particularly important over the past year to keep producing a steady flow of good news stories in order to drown out the more negative ones that were coming from other quarters and to tell the world that Harris Tweed is still very much alive and doing interesting things".

He paid tribute to the team at Shawbost "who, in every department, are absolutely the best people in the Harris Tweed industry" and also to the company's principal investor, Ian Taylor, for the faith that he had shown in the product at a time when all they were taking over was a derelict mill.

Mark Hogarth, who has forged collaborations with leading designers and taken Harris Tweed onto catwalks around the world over the past year, said: "The starting point is that Shawbost produces a fabulous product with a great heritage which is recognised by just about everyone who knows anything about the industry. That will continue to be the main business but step by step we will also build a distinctive HTH brand".

The awards were sponsored by Vogue magazine and the judging panel included Dolly Jones, editor of Vogue.com, Brian Rennie, design director of Gant, Brigitte Stepputis, head of couture at Vivienne Westwood, Briana Lesesne, fashion and beauty director of Vanity Fair magazine, Hilary Alexander, fashion director of the Daily Telegraph and model Kirsty Hume. The panel was chaired by Tessa Hartman, founder and producer of the Scottish Fashion Awards.

Harris Tweed Hebrides

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 21st Feb 2017

Net profit at Indorama Ventures zooms 145% in 2016

Net profit at Thailand headquartered and Aloke Lohia led Indorama...

Information Technology | On 21st Feb 2017

ThreadSol launches IntelloBuy & IntelloCut in Vietnam

ThreadSol, the pioneer of enterprise material management for sewn...

Textiles | On 21st Feb 2017

GST to reduce documentation for logistics firms: CBRE

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is likely to result in a reduction...

Interviews View All

Nitin Soni
Dolphin Jingwei Machines

Taxation policies need to be made simpler

Varinder Singh Jawanda
Trendy Bharat

Sizing and fitting issues are inherent problems for companies expanding...

Abhishek Samdaria
Reflete

GST will certainly reduce a lot of paperwork in future

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer Prathyusha Garimella is known for blending...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search