The Home Of Tweed

The Home Of Tweed

The current J. Press Fall/Winter Brochure devotes a tweedy page to Lovat Mill, situated on the banks of the river Teviot in the Scottish border town of Hawick and  generally recognized as “The Home of Tweed”.

This past Wednesday,  Alan Cumming, Design Director at Lovat Mill, joined us at our 44th Street emporium before an enthusiastic audience elucidating history of the mill pinpointing our specially priced selection of fabrics available for individual tailored orders.

We inaugurated our colloquy trying on an off the rack 42 Regular J. Press Lovat Mill tweed sport coat, my favorite from the array of assorted glens, checks and bones available in my size. While I stroked the tweed, he described for me the beginnings of his immersion in tweed taking place at Hawick, its birthplace in the Scottish countryside. Mr. Cumming, a 1985 graduate of the Scottish College of Textiles, joined Lovat Mill in 1999 sustaining its position as premier tweed weaver combining the latest technology with traditional skills working with a wide range of customers worldwide.

However, we both noted the core distinction the J. Press three-button, natural shoulder, high notch lapel it distinctly lends Lovat fabrics. Available ready-made or Made To Order, our signature tailoring details reinforces our historic alignment shared since the past century that practically barks Shaggy Dog.

Definition of the color Lovat notes its variegated colors, chiefly green with shades of blue, gray, etc. Thank you, Alan Cumming, for transferring Lovat from the shire of Inverness to halls of Ivy.




The question for us academics in the late ’60s was whether tweed was more appropriate attire for the lecture halls or the football bleachers. Then along came Masterpiece Theatre with All Creatures Great and Small and the problem was solved!

Robert W. Emmaus