The Art of Tweed
Tweed is one of Scotland’s great gifts to the world. Woven into every strand of this most authentic and rugged of cloths is an extraordinary heritage of innovation and creativity.
The Art of Tweed explores the landscapes, textures and patterns of this glorious fabric. From the rolling hills of Scotland’s country estates to the rhythmic clatter of looms in our last-surviving mills. From artisan weavers on the Isle of Harris to the high fashion of international catwalks and urban designers reimagining tweed for the streets.
Here is a story of romance, nostalgia, sustainability and style – of an effortlessly versatile cloth and its unique place in our lives. Whether fashioned into a flat cap or tailored into a cape, the story of tweed is a story to be shared.
Published: 22nd October 2020
Format: 185x155mm, hardback
Extent: 256 pages
VIXY RAE, born and raised in Edinburgh, mother of one, Saul Mann Rae; clothing designer, shop owner and stylist. Her Edinburgh Steiner School days nurtured a love for creation and imagination in art and design – which in turn inspired her passion for clothing design and style.
This led Vixy to the city’s Old Town where she sold branded streetwear, and later created her own streetwear brand ‘Oddities’. As her business expanded, so Vixy’s love for craft and local sourcing grew, which meant the opportunity to become a co-owner of Stewart Christie & Co felt like a dream come true.
In 2018, when Vixy joined the Incorporation of Edinburgh Tailors, she became the first female member in its history. Vixy has also championed the creation of an SVQ in bespoke tailoring to address the decline in the skill of tailoring in Scotland and drive new generations to take up the craft.
Having explored Scotland’s boldest fabric in The Secret Life of Tartan , Vixy shares here her love of tweed, mixing her streetstyle background with traditional techniques to give a cutting-edge twist to old ways. Tweed has had its share of ups and downs, but remains steadfast as the countryside’s cloth of choice – hard-working, purposeful and with an understated style of its own.
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