HAR­RIS TWEED

LRO (UK) - - Used & Abused -

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.

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