Scot­tish es­tates spend more than £250k on tweed suits

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Scot­tish shoot­ing es­tates spent more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion pounds on es­tate tweed this year, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

The in­for­ma­tion came to light dur­ing re­search for a new Pace Pro­duc­tions film cre­ated by the An­gus Glens and Grampian Moor­land Groups called Tweed — Hill to Hill — A Ru­ral Tra­di­tion. It found that the an­nual spend on es­tate tweed across Scot­land’s seven re­gional moor­land groups came to an es­ti­mated £268,924.

The tra­di­tion of shoot­ing es­tates hav­ing their own spe­cial tweed, with game­keep­ers mea­sured up for a new set each year, be­gan in the early 1800s when Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert had be­spoke tweed de­signed for their staff at the Bal­moral es­tate.

Camp­bell’s of Beauly, one of Scot­land’s top tweed tai­lors — which re­ceived the Royal War­rant ear­lier this year — said that es­tate tweed is very im­por­tant to busi­ness.

John Sug­den, owner of Camp­bell’s, ex­plained: “All our be­spoke suits are made on site, which is a real skill. We work with over 100 es­tates, mak­ing up 60 to 70 per cent of our work in the tai­lor­ing depart­ment. Our re­tail busi­ness also ben­e­fits from the es­tate mar­ket through field­sport guests pur­chas­ing tweed prod­ucts in our shop, an­other very im­por­tant rev­enue stream.

“We are closely linked to es­tates and with­out their busi­ness it would be a very dif­fer­ent out­look for us.”

The tra­di­tion of spe­cial es­tate tweeds goes back to the 1800s

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