- Apr 5, 2008
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The thrift-store Harris Tweed that I've seen is usually baggy and whipped out. The weave loosens or something. It's hard to describe. The jacket might be ten years old and it looks saggy and wrong. I'm not sure if this is problem only for the lighter weight Harris Tweeds common to cheap fused jackets, or what, but I have had vintage Harris Tweeds - from the 1960s - that were denser, more hard-wearing, and still looking good after 40 years.
Generally the cloth is pretty good no matter what the jacket is like. The older stuff tends to be heavier weight, but the lighter stuff can be good if well tailored.
The cloth is only made in crofts, together with the use of local wool it's a requirement for the trademark. The cloth will be finished an the mill. There is only one mill but the previous owner is meant to be setting up in competition. Cloth is woven ad-hoc or to the requirements of the buyer who specifies the design and weight - although the quality doesn't vary much (there is only so much you can do with a hand loom).