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The company credited with reviving the Harris Tweed industry will be given a tenth birthday salute at the prestigious Scottish Style Awards this weekend at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.


It will be the first in a series of events to mark ten years of Harris Tweed Hebrides which took over a derelict mill at Shawbost when the industry was at its lowest ebb and now gives employment to around 250 mill-workers and weavers in Lewis and Harris.


Mary McGowne, organiser of the Scottish Style Awards, said: “Everyone in the fashion and textiles industries admires the exciting and remarkable success of Harris Tweed Hebrides. On their tenth birthday, it’s only right to recognise it with a special show which gives a taste of what has been achieved with the fabric.”


Over the decade, Harris Tweed Hebrides has won numerous awards for both the quality of its product and for exporting. Around two thirds of output goes overseas with Japan, Germany, Italy and North America as the biggest markets.


Chief executive Ian A Mackenzie said: “Every client is important to us but it is crucial to the status of the fabric that we continue to work with top-end clients who add to the richness and diversity of Harris Tweed’s reputation.”


Ian Angus has led the company from its inception along with principal investor, Ian Taylor, and former UK Trade Minister and HTH chairman, Brian Wilson, who said: “It has been a great journey and a credit to everyone involved. The age profile of weavers and mill-workers has been transformed, new markets opened up and Harris Tweed now has a great future as well as a glorious past.”


To mark the anniversary, Glasgow company BLK29 was commissioned to create a film and photography collection which reflects the complexity of the Harris Tweed process and the Outer Hebridean landscape which inspires it.


The Scottish Style Awards show, styled by creative director Mark Hogarth, will include designs by the award-winning Holly Fulton, Nigel Cabourn and Walker Slater.


Shawbost mill celebrates 10 years  

March 2018