Was great to hear of a new Harris Tweed Hebrides shop appearing on the illustrious fashion boulevarde that is Point Street in Stornoway.
Despite being the island’s capital town, the main base in the home of Harris Tweed, laying hands on the cloth, a stylish jacket or other quality product has previously been nigh on impossible.
The HTH shop puts an end to that oversight and does it with quite a bit of style. A simple but striking exterior (gotta love a red door) with a large bold window sits pretty on a corner of the busy thoroughfare in the heart of SY town, a stone’s throw from the harbour and very easy to find.
Inside the set up is clean and spare, seamstress’ dummies show off Judy R Clark jackets and Harris Tweed soft furnishings, clothing and accessories from HTH’s own collections are all present and correct.
Best of all there are shelves are filled with rolls of the Clo Mor, to purchase at your chosen length.
A long tailor’s table, traditional creels filled with bobbins, framed Harris Tweed images and a glam bowl of Chinese lilies complete the set up.
It seems to have a nice pop-up vibe but I hope it stays put, being a real asset to the town particularly in the busy tourist season.
Moreover it would be splendid to see something similar pop-up in Glasgow, London and elsewhere. After the slightly depressing experience of buy Harris Tweed from James Pringle Weavers on Buchanan St recently the city could do with a far better representation of the stuff.
(Thanks to Les Ellingham for the snaps)