Settlement in Harris Tweed case

The Harris Tweed Authority is ever vigilant when it comes to protecting its trademarks internationally. Picture: Robert Perry

The Harris Tweed Authority is ever vigilant when it comes to protecting its trademarks internationally. Picture: Robert Perry

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A DISPUTE involving the body tasked with safeguarding the Harris Tweed name and a US-based retailer has been settled, it emerged today.

Earlier this year, the Harris Tweed Authority, which is based in the Outer Hebrides, identified that Crate and Barrel was selling two designs of chair with Harris Tweed branding. Neither product line contained any of the globally famous fabric.

While no chairs from the “Harris Tweed Collection” were sold in the UK, the authority said it had secured both an “appropriate monetary settlement” and assurances from the US firm that there will be no repetition.

Lorna Macaulay, the authority’s chief executive, said: “As we are based in the Outer Hebrides it can sometimes seem a long way away from the commercial markets in which Harris Tweed is sold. But we never let this distance hinder efforts to protect our various registered marks.”

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