Why tweed is now a hallmark of Scottish fashion

In a secret green space off of Edinburgh's Grassmarket, Paul Walker's studio is packed with tweeds of every imaginable pattern, colour and texture. The Walker Slater founder and designer thinks the hand-loomed textile can become as diverse a fabric as the Italian denim. 'Tweed is almost becoming the denim of Scotland.

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The Italian’s do denim very well and Scots do tweed very well,” he says. Traditional Harris tweed lends colours from the countryside – mossy greens, ocean blues and rugged mountainous browns are on every rail in Walker

Slater’s two Edinburgh stores. Aesthetics to the side for a moment, Paul remarks how tweed is equally functional and beautiful. “It’s warm, it’s water repellant and it’s carelessly elegant,” he says.

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