Here’s some news that’s ‘tailored’ to all you Isle of Harris Gin fans. Now you can wear your love of this wonderful Scottish Gin on your sleeve (and your back, and front…). That’s right, Isle of Harris Gin have partnered with Harris Tweed, some local schoolchildren and designer Judy R Clark to launch these stunning Made-To-Order jackets! here’s how it came about:
In 2018, the Isle of Harris Distillery set out to discover more about the art of weaving and the skills of the people and
mills who help bring the historic island textile known as Harris Tweed into being. The distillery, along with Harris Tweed Hebrides, the Harris Tweed Authority and the islands’ education services worked closely with schools across the island as they set local schoolchildren the challenge of designing a new Isle of Harris Distillery tweed while learning about this special and historic cloth from the Outer Hebrides.
After months of workshops and working with local children the eventual winner was 14-year-old Scott Murray from S3 at Sir E. Scott School in the Isle of Harris. Scott’s submission included an intriguing mood board with experimental yarn selection and pattern painting with carefully thought-out rationale of his influences. Scott’s winning design was woven by the distillery’s own Stephen Passmore and last year, Isle of Harris Distillery collaborated with designer Judy R Clark to create an uniquely special Made To Measure jacket from this cloth.
Following the popularity of this limited edition, Isle of Harris Distillers and Judy R Clark are thrilled to announce the launch of two Made-To-Order jackets in the same style, sizes ranging from 6 – 18 for women and 36- 48 for men. A detailed size guide will be available on the website.
Lorna Macaulay, Harris Tweed Authority CEO says:
” It is wonderful to collaborate with the Isle of Harris Distillery again, we have thoroughly enjoyed taking this project to life with them and seeing it develop from Scott’s original tweed design to Judy’s stylish jacket. “
For this exclusive project, Judy has been working with Alison MacDonald of Tiger Textiles in the Isle of Lewis. Alison has been working from her studio in Ness embroidering threads of rose gold onto sumptuous teal velvets for the hidden message, ‘Esse Quam Videri’ in the back collars.
Each jacket is made using specially woven Isle of Harris Distillery Harris Tweed combined with luxurious teal velvet
collars embroidered in secret rose gold threads. The linings inspired by the Hebridean seas finished with rose copper buttons and contrasting sea blue buttonholes.
The Made-to-Order Jacket
The Isle of Harris Distillery Tweed Made-to-Order Jackets will be available globally from 25th June 2021, from
Harrisdistillery.com, priced at £660 including UK postage. Further details on international postage will be available on the website. The option to try a sample jacket is available at the Isle of Harris Distillery. Each jacket, handwoven on the Isle of Harris and made in Scotland is ‘made to order’ in your chosen standard size and will take 10/12 weeks to arrive from when the order is placed.