Afew years ago the fabric of my old cubby box was becoming mouldy and worn, so I retrimmed it in Harris Tweed of a similar shade. Despite the dampness in my leaky cab, there’s still no sign of mould, and the corners have resisted fraying.
I’m surprised that Harris Tweed isn’t used in more car interiors; Alfa Romeo used it in limited edition versions of its Mito, and Nike stitched it into some ‘designer’ trainers a few years back.
Obviously the hardy Hebrideans for whom it was originally made probably didn’t care much for big glitzy brands, but the qualities they appreciated in
their clothing (it’s durable, warm and smart) make it quite appropriate for a Land Rover’s interior. You might be surprised by the variety of colours available too. Some retailers will send you colour samples; ‘Harris Tweed Isle of Harris’ sends five for a fiver.
Don’t expect it to feel as soft as like Alcantara, but it’s not scratchy. Like Mozzarella and Parma ham, Harris Tweed is a protected name, so you’ll finder cheaper versions around, some from outside the UK. But you probably get what you pay for.
VERDICT: Natural, durable and home-grown. Just the ticket.