Tag Archives: Wool

Harris Tweed Cufflinks

3 Jul

Due to popular demand our Harris Tweed Cufflinks are now back in stock.  As we had so many people waiting for these we have decided to freeze the old price of £15 for a week.  However a price increase does mean that the price of these will rise to £17.50 on 11/07/2013. They are available in the TweedVixen Boutique now.


Robinson & Dapper by Sarah Robinson

22 May

I’ve been living in Denmark for a few years now.  Fashion and design are a huge part of the culture over here and when I moved here I was immediately entranced by their Scandinavian style.

Being Scottish, I’ve grown up around men wearing kilts, tweed blazers and wool suits, so I have a real appreciation for good quality wool fabrics.  I’ve always appreciated a man who makes an effort to look dapper and was very enthusiastic when my male friends and colleagues began to sport a variety of neckwear; wool bow ties in particular.

However there was one thing which kept nagging at me.  Whenever I inquired about their latest extravagant woolly buy, the only thing could tell me about it, was the name of the very fashionable shop in which they had bought it.  On closer inspection, I began to see a trend of quite costly accessories, with no story, of pretty average to poor quality wool fabric.

I became quite frustrated, thinking of all of the beautiful tweeds being produced at home in Scotland and imagined how much more luxurious and special the ties would be in these fabrics.  It wasn’t that my friends’ purchases were bad, it was more that I knew they could be so much better!

This is how Robinson & Dapper was born.  A few months ago, I began creating handmade bow ties, neck ties and pocket squares from fabrics sourced from historic Scottish mills.  The concept is the juxtaposition of old and new – using high quality, traditional materials yet still achieving a relevant, current look.  The aim being to elevate the modern look of the urban, dapper gentleman by fusing it with classic, luxury fabrics.

By photographer Lee Edward, Molly bow tie

By photographer Lee Edward, Molly bow tie

Each Robinson & Dapper product is an individual, carefully handcrafted item.  The exclusive fabrics have been specially selected to fulfill both aspects of the concept – they are fashion-forward, whilst being woven using traditional methods in Scotland – the home of tweed and woven wool fabrics.

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 I’m extremely proud to see the response of my customers to these accessories.  Many people are genuinely surprised to see and feel the quality of tweed which has actually been woven in Scotland from Scottish wool!  Buying a Robinson & Dapper product is not only about treating yourself to a great-looking, handcrafted bow tie or pocket square.  Here you are getting quality items of historic origin, with a story, which have been made using some of the most beautiful, traditional fabrics available in the world today.

 Check out our website www.robinsonanddapper.com and please share with any dapper gentlemen you know!  So far we are only selling our bow ties on here, but our range of skinny neck ties and pocket squares will be added soon.  Thanks.


Author Bio:

Written by Sarah Robinson, owner and founder of Robinson & Dapper.  All images provided by Robinson & Dapper.


Wool School and Emma de Vries Foxy Jumper…

29 Oct

I have posted often on the fabulous Campaign for wool, set up to promote the benefits and versatility of wool.  The Campaign has HRH The Prince of Wales as confirmed patron until 2015 and is a collaborative initiative that involves  farmers, manufacturers, fashion designers &  retailers from around the world. 15th – 21st October saw Britain celebrate wool week, it was a full week of woolly stunts and new initiatives.

My favorite of these was 2012 Wool School, a great opportunity  for fashion, textile and design students to compete with their knitwear designs to be sold in some of the UK’s top retailers.

“WOOL SCHOOL has been created to encourage the young designers of tomorrow to engage with the UK’s favourite natural fibre as they are guided by their paired retailer in a creative production process. 5% of WOOL SCHOOL jumper sales will go back into fashion education programmes across the UK and Wool School will be back, bigger and better in 2013!” Campaign for wool

My personal favorite winner is this super cute foxy jumper…

Image from http://www.campaignforwool.org

You can see all the winning Designs on their website. Which is your favourite?


Accessorize your life with tweed.

15 Aug


As a tweed lover it is hard during the summer months to satisfy the need for tweed.  Add a touch of tweed to your life with these lovely British tweed accessories.

I love this tweed tote bag with corsage £35 by Love Alice. It is available with different images but the stag is the one for me.

Go to www.love-alice.co.uk for some lovely tweedy offerings at great prices

Tweed Therapy: tweed covered 6oz hip flask £20 by Jane Macnab. This is such a great way to add some tweed fun into your life.

Visit www.janemacnab.com for a selection of different tweeds.

Notable solutions by BertieGirl, handmade Harris Tweed re-usable notebook cover £28.50. Each piece is a beautiful one-off, cover worth treasuring always. Hand Made in Scotland.

Available from www.tweedvixen.co.uk

Tweed Door stop £34.50 by Chia Maria. I have so much love for this doorstop!

go to www.chiamaria.com for the full country tweed accessories collection.

Add a touch of tweed to your Earl Grey with this super cute tea coy £25 from Harris Tweed.

 See the full range at www.harristweedandknitwear.co.uk

This wine cooler works with natural fibres to enable drink to stay hot or cold for up to 12 hours. Insulated with 100% British Wool and trimmed with tweed £25.  Made in England from Oxford Blue

Available at  www.tweedvixen.co.uk

British Country Style with an Urban Twist, TweedVixen Boutique is Open!

7 Aug http://www.tweedvixen.co.uk/knitwear-15-c.asp

The TweedVixen Boutique is now open.  The Boutique celebrates Great British fashion and features British and Ethical Brands.  A haven for tweedie goodies and nature inspired jewellery. Here are a few of the gorgeous products available..

This chic flat cap adds a touch of tweed to any outfit. It is made in England and is a very reasonable £22.50.  I love it teamed up with the soft oyster colour of this Samantha Holmes Alpaca Tunic £12o.

A lovely tweed belted Trench Coat that suits all sizes, available 6 – 18.  It is priced £260 and has free postage within the UK.

Harris Tweed notebook with reusable  cover £28.50 made in Scotland by Bertie Girl.  Each cover is a one-off worth treasuring.

Let your wild side free with these sexy PVC leggings, beautifully made in England from Pink Flame £3o. They are teamed up with a black t-shirt from ethical label Nancy Dee, £29, Samantha Holmes waterfall alpaca Cardigan £115 and topped off with a jet black faux fur collar £37.50.

A Stunning silver Birch leaf pendant and chain.  Made with a real leaf priced £35

Stay warm and stylish in this 100% Scottish Lambswool Sweater, £60.  Harris Tweed messenger bag made in Scotland by Bertie girl, priced £155.

This quilt wax waistcoat is a wardrobe essential that will keep you warm and dry,  black for a modern twist on a classic, priced £49.50.  It looks fab teamed up with this striking red spice 100% Scottish Lambswool sweater £60.

Please pop by to www.tweedvixen.co.uk to see all the products in the boutique.

True Heratige with Johnsons of Elgin.

8 Oct

Since 1797  Johns of Elgin  have been creating textiles which have been the epitome of style and quality substance. For AW 2011 the have created a luxurious wool, cashmere and tweed tailoring collection of 25 equestrian inspired pieces.  If this seasons heritage style appeals to you invest in pieces that have both the look and true heritage.  This film captures their  Twist on Tweed collection really well.

Campaign For Wool – Give Fleece a Chance!

3 Mar

“On 11 October 2010, sheep grazed the famous Savile Row in central London during Wool Week to highlight the natural advantages of their fibre, wool. The event hails the start of the five-year Campaign for Wool, aimed at reconnecting people with the versatility of wool: from next to skin luxury to the safety and comfort of natural carpet.” Quoted from WoolmarkOnline, check them out on Woolmark page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/woolmark

For more information, visit: http://www.campaignforwool.org

Give Fleece a Chance during Wool Week – The Prince’s Campaign for Wool | EcoChic Magazine

13 Oct

A great article from EcoChic explaining the virtues of British and Commonwealth wool.

Give Fleece a Chance during Wool Week – The Prince’s Campaign for Wool | EcoChic Magazine.


4 Oct

This tweed dress has stunning bead work at the top of  pretty v-neck sleeveless bodice. The tweed is made from 70% viscous but the 30% wool will make it a warm and stunning dress.  I think Laura Ashley have produced a great dress and not bad for £100.


Jack Wills | Dormington Tweed Blazer

30 Sep

Jack Wills

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Jack Wills started in Salcome, Devon.  His clothes are designed to reflect British Heritage and style.  This tweed Blazer perfectly achieves both aspects.  It is 100% wool, priced at £225 and has a lovely contrast under the collar.  I love the stripe lining that shows if you turn back the cuffs.  This jacket is definitely on my wish list.

Jack Wills | Dormington Tweed Blazer.

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