Q: Who are Leather Guild?
A: Leather Guild is an award winning and unique, creative design studio and manufacturer. Located near Glasgow in the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond, the foundation of the company’s designs are the bringing together or “Guild” of tradition, heritage, creativity and quality leathers and Scottish tweeds.
Q: What is Tweed?
A: Derived from the Scottish words tweel or twill, tweed is a traditional 100% wool fabric, woven a weaving mills throughout Scotland. Our tweeds have a Teflon coating applied at the finishing stage which offers enhanced moisture and stain resistance. You can learn more at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweed
Q: So what is Harris Tweed?
A: Simply, it is tweed that is woven on the Outer Hebridean or Western Islands of Scotland which include Harris and Lewis among others. A 1993 Act of Parliament was brought about help protect the livelihoods of those involved in tweed production on these Islands. To be real Harris tweed, it must be handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished there, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in there.
Q: What's the difference between your tweed and Harris Tweed?
A: Leather Guild and there Tweedie retail store design all their own tweed patterns in-house. This makes every one of the tweeds you find on this web site unique to us, unlike companies who buy Harris Tweed designs off the shelf. This also gives us the freedom to contract the very finest Scottish artisan weavers who employ years of experience and weaving technologies that are restricted for producers of Harris Tweed. We support the yarn makers and weavers on the mainland.