Choosing Tweed at the Reid & Taylor Mill
We’ve been working with the internationally renowned weavers Reid and Taylor since we began trading in 1929.
At their traditional mill in the nearby Border town of Langholm they produce some of the world’s finest cloth, exquisite tweed woven from Cheviot wool, washed in the soft water of the exotically named Wauchope river, and woven with skills gained from over 150 years experience.
Working only with the most luxurious of fabrics, cashmere, silk and finest lambswool, they design and weave cloth for leading fashion houses throughout the globe.
Every season Archie makes the pilgrimage to the R&T mill in Langholm to select the tweeds for our exclusive Bladen range. Producing the cloth is a labour of love, played out on traditional looms. And despite the latest technology this is not a process that can be hurried.
Given the long lead times we always work six months ahead. Tweeds for the Bladen Autumn 2012 range were made in February this year and Archie will begin his selection for Bladen Spring 2013 this month.
Each visit follows the same ritual; swatches are laid out on the table, in the Blanket Room at the Mill, creating a tableau of colour and texture. Working with Reid and Taylor’s in-house designers, Archie shuffles the cloth like a deck of cards. A life’s worth of expertise is not visible to the naked eye but watching Archie at work one becomes aware of his skill.
He has an innate sense of colour and a well-trained eye, intuitively knowing what will work and how important the detailing is to the look and finish of a garment.
For 5 years now, Archie has beaten the path to the R&T Mill at Langholm to select the tweeds for our ‘Exclusively for A Hume’ Bladen range; you won’t find these jackets anywhere else. When buying from our Bladen range you can be sure you are stepping into exclusive company.