These are now sold out but we've just sent more Tweed from Harris to our trousermaker. This is a new check, very subtle fawn based, very unusual. These should be in stock by late April.
Aero are proud to continue our long association with Harris Tweed, one of Scotland’s most prestigious cloths. Since we first started making leather jackets nearly 30 years ago we’ve offer Harris Tweed as a lining option.
This autumn we have added several new lines, these amazing Harris Tweed trousers, a Harris Tweed baker boy’s cap and a range of knitwear, hand knitted in the Hebrides using the same island wool that is used to weave Harris Tweed.
Our trousers are a throwback from the 1930s, we’ve used a traditional vintage pattern with a loose cut, high fish tail back, button fly, buttons for braces and turnups, of course. We’ve made a small concession to “the modern world” by half lining the legs for comfort.
FIT - To achieve the correct look and vintage style fit these are best worn with braces and worn a size larger than one would wear jeans or modern trousers. They are lower in the crotch than modern trousers and should not be worn crumpled at the ankle. Ideal inside leg length is 30” for a height of 5’8”/5’9”, inside leg of 32” for a height of 5’10”/5’11” and an inside leg of 34” for a height of 6’/6’1”. Longer leg length is available to order.
The story of Harris Tweed is the story of a remote island community that lies between the Highlands of Scotland on the North West tip of Europe and the North Atlantic Ocean. There is a link to a wonderful short film about the history of the cloth at the foot of this page
For centuries the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra have woven the magical cloth known the World over as Harris Tweed, or Clo Mhor as it is known in the original Gaelic- 'The big cloth', a stunning and practical cloth made entirely by hand. As the Industrial Revolution reached Scotland, the mainland turned to mechanisation but the Outer Islands retained their traditional processes. Lewis and Harris had long been known for the excellence of the weaving done there, but up to the middle of the nineteenth century; the cloth was produced mainly for home use or for a purely local market.
Around the turn of the 20th century production increased greatly when the primitive small looms were gradually replaced by the improved "fly-shuttle" loom originally imported from the Galashiels……. so it’s appropriate that Aero continues to use the cloth in Galashiels.
Today the Islanders stand firm against the mass production and the “values” of a throw away society that threatens all hand crafted products such as Harris Tweed, the original definition of which read “A tweed, hand-spun, hand-woven and dyed by the crofters and cottars in the Outer Hebrides".
Similarly we at Aero will always stand firm against mass production alongside our Highland brethren….Aero and Harris Tweed, a marriage built in tradition and in quality.