The deep chocolate browns and blacks of freshly scuffed earth, the burnt reds of autumn sunsets over the islands, and the rich aquamarine shades of ice-cold seas. Harris Tweed® fabric draws upon many of the colors found in its home of the Isle of Harris in every piece of cloth, and it’s this reason, among others, that distinguishes the fabric from other types of tweed.
A traditional and hardwearing material made from pure virgin wool, Harris Tweed fabric is crafted exclusively in the islands of the Outer Hebrides, where it has been made for centuries by local people using age-old techniques.
The process of making Harris Tweed is hugely labor-intensive and requires a very high level of skill and expertise: the wool is spun and dyed, and the fabric is then woven by hand on a treadle loom in the homes of weavers.
The result of this effort is a water resistant, highly warm material that is durable enough to be passed down through generations.
The popularity of Harris Tweed® fabric can be traced back to the Victorian period in the United Kingdom, when it was noticed by Lady Catherine Herbert who lived on the North Harris Estate.
Islanders had woven cloth by hand for centuries, calling it 'clò-mòr' in Gaelic, or 'big cloth'. Lady Catherine noted the high quality of the tweed cloth produced by two sisters at the local village of Strond, so she commissioned them to weave lengths of tweed that were crafted into jackets for gamekeepers on her estate.
Thanks to the range of colors in the material it acts as perfect camouflage, and it’s often remarked that the tweed changes color the closer you are to it. This made it particularly well suited for the hunting game trails of the late 1800s, which helped establish it as the fabric of choice among the gentry and Queen Victoria’s aristocracy.
Fast forward over 100 years to the 1990s, and concern was mounting among islanders that the craft status of Harris Tweed was under threat. Commercial interests meant there was a risk of production being moved elsewhere to reduce costs, so in 1993 the Harris Tweed Authority was established to legally protect the fabric and safeguard the industry.
To this day, it remains the only material in the world to have its own Act of Parliament.
Les Deux MEN
Truly timeless menswear. The Maximilian is made with the world-renowned and historic Harris Tweed® fabric, which is famous for its warmth, water-repellence, and a durability that lasts generations. The Maximilian comes with handy flap pockets, a classic collar, and button closure in a unique check pattern. Possibly the highest-quality outerwear we've ever made, this is a strictly limited-edition overcoat that's one of a kind.
- 100% Wool
- Harris Tweed® fabric
- Warm fabric with natural water-repellence & decade-long durability
- Detailed check pattern
- Flap pockets and classic collar
- Strictly limited-edition piece