Over the weekend, I went to Scotland with Paul Smith and it was everything I had imagined about the land of mountain wildernesses. We visited the Lovat Mill factory which is in the border town of Hawick, and I got to see and learn about everything to do with tweed which could not be more quintessentially British!
The story behind how tweed came about is fantastic. To cut it short, the term “Tweed” was coined quite accidentally in 1826 as the result of a misread label on a shipment of woven wool “Tweels”. The Tweed at Lovat Mill is woven from fabric around the clock with advanced technology, and yet the material, weaves and routines remain exactly as they were from the early times, It was fascinating being able to watch it being made. Lovat employs a team of dedicated craftsmen and women who carry on a long tradition of world-renowned fine cloth making. One of my favorite parts of the visit was diving into the incredible design archive that dates back to the 1890’s. Today, Lovat Mill is the known as the “Home of Tweed” and it is where Paul Smith gets everything to do with Tweed, made.
On top of this, I got to meet and dine with the super talented and amusing gents, Alan Cumming and Stephen Rendle, co-owners of Lovat Mill. We had such a good time laughing and talking about life in general. My stay was so cozy I really did not want to leave. It was such a lovely weekend. Thank you Paul Smith and Lovat Mill for having me!