Harris Tweed Hebrides has joined forces with luxury audio brand, Linn for London Craft Week.
From the relaunched Hermès Apple Watch to the upcoming Met gala and exhibition, “Manus x Machina”, fashion and tech are shaping up to be this season’s hottest pairing. The latest collaboration comes not in the form of wearable tech but instead marries home audio brand Linn with textile mill Harris Tweed Hebrides.
Ahead of London’s second annual Craft Week (3rd – 7th May), Harris Tweed and Linn, gathered at H. Huntsman’s & Son’s on Savile Row to present their collaboration to an intimate group of editors and industry insiders. Huntsman's has a clientele list that ranges from the late and great David Bowie (his Alexander McQueen collaboration suit proudly on display) to Eric Clapton and Marc Jacobs. The venue, played the perfect host for two other world-renowned brands dedicated to exceptional craftsmanship:
Linn boasts the best hi-fi music system in the world, each model is handmade by a single artisan (who's name can be found engraved inside). They even offer bespoke services that include a free set-up of space and sound optimisation, or the opportunity to upgrade as new tech becomes available – whether you have turntables or a streaming system.
Harris Tweed Hebrides
Harris Tweed is the only fabric protected under an Act of Parliament, and Harris Tweed Hebrides works with over 130 self-employed skilled home-weavers. They also provide fabric to a list of men's and womenswear favourites including; Chanel, McQueen, Saint Laurent, Club Monaco and J. Crew amongst others.
Just how did this unlikely combo come to be without compromising style or sound?
The synergy between the two Scottish brands meant that Linn engineers could select Harris Tweed’s most open-weave of fabric and apply their sophisticated Exakt technology to allow the music to be heard with no effect on the sound. The featherweight tweed works beautifully on the speaker and makes a real sartorial statement. The days of home audio tucked out of sight or discreetly in a corner are long over, as Linn reveals they have several other collaborations with textile companies in the works.
Lastly, interchangeable Harris Tweed covers mean you can choose one to fit your decor style or switch to suit your mood. After all, shouldn't the most dapper man have a sound system to match his love for all things tweed?
A Series 5 system complete with Harris Tweed covers is available to order now starting from £9,600 with additional covers available from £350. Visit www.linn.co.uk for more information.
Huntsman's & Sons is located at 11 Savile Row: huntsmansavilerow.com
Words by Tyler Kenny