Eric Musgrave

Since 1980, menswear & fashion retail commentator, opinionated thought-leader,
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Guardians of the Orb

Getting to Stornoway on Lewis early in the day required me to leave my Glasgow hotel at 05.20. Thank goodness then for the delicious breakfast that awaited me at the head office of The Harris Tweed Authority in the Town Hall. My host was Lorna Macaulay from the HTA (seen here on the right) and it was a delight to meet also Margaret Macleod (here on the left), head of regional development at Highlands and Islands Enterprise. is the site to give you all the information about the cloth, the production of which is governed by Act of Parliament. Every bolt of Harris Tweed is authenticated with the iconic Orb Certification Mark, which indicates that the cloth is made “from 100% virgin wool, dyed, spun and hand-woven by the islanders at the own homes and finished in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland”. The photos behind us and the one of the collie here will appear in an imminent book on Harris Tweed by Ian lawson (see

The Blackface rams here belong to George Graham, who is official stamper to the Harris Tweed Authority and so authenticates every genuine piece of cloth.


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