Vintage History

The History of Harris Tweed actually dates back centuries from a time when the Scottish community out of necessity became weavers of woolen cloth as a life’s staple to provide warmth and comfort in the cold of northern Europe.  From these humble beginnings, one of the more famous suppliers of the 1800’s was Harris weavers who were known for their excellence in weaving workmanship.  While even in the mid 1800’s this cloth was still produced mainly for home use and the local markets, it started to be recognized by British gentry and more “outsiders” for its’ high quality in craftsmanship and from there its’ successful history began. 

Actually, it was through the efforts of an aristocrat named Lady Dunmore in the mid 1800’s that brought the uniqueness of this fabric to the attention of the world by not only using it to cloth her staff, but started to fabricate fashions for her friends and the rest is history.

Refinements in the processing and coloring of the raw wool as well as the detailed fabrication of the fibers themselves enhanced not only the attractiveness of the fabric but increased its’ popularity as well.  

It was around the turn of the century in the early 1900’s that through Trademarks and Standardization that actual certification of Harris Tweed became a reality.  The original definition of Harris Tweed read “a tweed, hand-spun, hand woven and dyed by the crofters and cottars in the Outer Hebrides” in Scotland.

As the company has now turned more than a century old, the Harris Tweed Sport Coat that has been worn in various styles for at least the last 100 years or more remains a “must have” in everyone’s wardrobe.  Due to the unique qualities, including its’ is hardwearing, water resistant and warm yet breathable fabric, this garment remains a popular fashion item for smart casual styling.

This year First Edition by Midwest it’s featuring it’s version of alternative looks to its’ Harris Tweed Sport Coats using a combination of authentic different and restyled vintage Harris Tweed Sport Coats.