In 2014, I visited the Isle of Harris for the first time. It was an extraordinary experience, and Harris is completely different from anywhere I’ve been, before or since. I was instantly enchanted by the rough landscapes, the colourful skies and plants, and the serenity of island life. As if that was not enough, I discovered ‘Harris Tweed’ - the cloth with over 100 years of history which is still manufactured by hand on and around Harris to this day. The beautiful colours and unique textures of ‘Harris Tweed’ caught my eye, and I fell in love. To me, it is not just a beautiful and hard-wearing cloth, but it also represents the local people’s respect for tradition, an enduring commitment to high-quality, and an inspiring collision of yesterday and today by mixing time-honoured techniques with modern colours and fashions.
In 2016, I started my own brand ‘Plaidkat’ focusing on designing and producing ‘Harris Tweed’ and real leather products. My goal is to bring high-quality products to the hands of HARRIS TWEED lovers all over the world.