When you think of British tweed, immediately the word Linton springs to mind. Hidden in the heart of Carlisle, a town close to the Scottish border — Linton has been producing the highest quality of luxurious tweed since 1912. With nothing more than two salesmen with ponies and traps, Linton soon became a name synonymous with good quality and exquisitely designed cloths. A famous visit by a dynamic lady named Coco Chanel in the 1920’s parachuted Linton to Europe and America, it’s yarns were soon favoured by couturiers and paraded on the catwalks in Paris.
Last year, joined by Telegraph Fashion Editor, Lisa Armstrong, we set off for Carlisle. Our trip began with a tour of the archives, rows and rows of beautiful textured tweed samples and unique yarns sourced from each and every corner of the world. Jigsaw’s Product Director, Barbara Horspool and Head of Fabric, Brigitte Atkinson picked out fabric for our autumn/winter 2013 collection in an array of sumptuous textures and hues.
Next we headed into the Mill to the sounds of clunking machinery, making tweed is not easy, especially at this level. The highly skilled ladies of Linton work hard weaving, washing and checking the yarns by hand — it’s a long and laborious task, but they absolutely adore it. Mill Manager, Rob Irvine explained that a few of the staff are retired, but continue to return to socialise in the humble and quintessentially British cafe and create wondrous fabric works of art.
This season, we’ve reinvented our luxurious Linton tweed to create a limited collection of elegant, autumnal jackets, skirts, t-shirts and dresses. Classic, sophisticated and a perennial investment, support British craftsmanship and add a touch of sartorial elegance to your wardrobe.
Head over to The Telegraph’s website to read British Tweed: A Brilliant Yarn by Lisa Armstrong.