Harris Tweed Hebrides have received the prestigious ‘Made in the UK’ award, recognising commitment to luxury and sustainability while preserving the values of an island-based industry which continues to thrive.
This came on the evening of Monday 21 November at the annual Walpole Luxury Awards which brought together 400 members of the UK’s luxury industry to celebrate the creativity, innovation and global cultural relevance of the individuals and brands working in the sector.
HTH director Margaret Ann Macleod stated “It’s a real honour to accept this award on behalf of the dedicated team at Harris Tweed Hebrides, working alongside the island based home-weavers and the Harris Tweed Authority, we handweave every metre of Harris Tweed using only 100% British farmed wool, maintaining the unique traditions established well over 100 years ago when the Orb certification mark was first registered.”
Walpole recognised that “commitment to and excellence in the development and preservation of textiles skills on the Isle of Lewis has also driven significant growth key export destinations including South Korea and the US. Innovative and exceptional, this company pushes the boundaries of tradition to create an internationally respected product while safeguarding one of our country’s most treasured products through investment in training and the local community.”
As the only event dedicated to celebrating the very best of Britain, the Walpole British Luxury Awards recognise the contribution luxury and high-end businesses make to the UK.
The British luxury sector is worth over £48 billion, contributes to nearly 160,000 jobs to the UK economy, and Walpole is committed to promoting, protecting, and developing the industry’s unique qualities through its mentoring programmes, events, research, and public affairs.
Walpole’s Chief Executive, Helen Brocklebank said: “This year we received a record number of nominations from British brands at the forefront of innovation, craftmanship, hospitality, design and sustainability who positively contribute to the evolving economic and cultural impact of British luxury globally.
"Not only do this year’s winners stand out for their exceptional products and services, but they are notable for their investment in the UK, local economies, employment, arts, and culture which is exactly what this country needs from business right now. My congratulations to tonight’s winners and thanks to all our sponsors and partners without whom this evening wouldn’t have been possible."