Monday, 13 October 2014
Harris Tweed Ride - A Look Back
Wool Week - A Week to Remember
Last week was Campaign for Wool's Wool Week, its festival of wool and wool-based events. Let's take a retrospective look (curse my slipshod events diary) at one of the highlights — the Harris Tweed Ride in Edinburgh.
Lots of tweed + bicycle events have sprung up since London's Tweed Run started in 2009. Edinburgh's is specifically about Harris Tweed, the King of the tweeds, which is worn en masse and ridden for 10 miles around Edinburgh by pleasant people.
Although I had no involvement, and I've only just remembered it was taking place — and have no right — I'd like to thank the organisers and sponsors (Campaign for Wool and Harvey Nichols), because any event that's just plain nice should be celebrated. Why do organised 'days of action' always have to be about a complaint or a grudge? And why do they have to be so scruffy and noisy? Put your placards away you Facebook rabble-rousers. Surely we can change things by wearing tweed. And drinking gin supplied by Hendrick's.
Thanks to the deeply talented Stewart Bryden for the reproduction of his photo of the event at the top.
Walker Slater Involvement
Our good chums at Walker Slater were probably involved in the Tweed Ride, I think. A perfect excuse to show their three-piece suit in grey Shetland Donegal cloth below. Note the cane, which would be very useful for bartitsu.