Hunters started its life in 1901 in a town at the top of Scotland called Wick, Thomas Hunter then moved his mill down to Brora in Sutherland. Over the years the company underwent many changes but one thing was always certain that “Hunters was the very best tweed”, this was partly due to the many colours in the yarns that were used to make the tweed but also the skill and expertise of the workforce and this worked its way down through the generations.
Unfortunately, as with many companies, Hunters of Brora hit a few difficult times, the latest of which was in 2003 when it proved impossible to save the mill. This is where we pick up the story. My father bought the company but being a very busy man didn’t have any time to fulfil its potential and so we took it over and it has been evolving ever since. It was very important to us to ensure that the fabric we produce is not only made in a Scottish mill but also that the quality of the tweed is as good as it always was. Once we found our mill we added to our stock of tweed which came from the original mill and started going back into production re-making original Hunter’s patterns but also adding a few modern twists to some of them. We are delighted that the tweeds have been so welcomed by a wide range of people from tailors on Savile Row to unofficial “experts” and lovers of tweed from home and abroad. We also specialize in the bespoke side of the business which I love, starting with the Hunter’s patterns as a base and making unique tweed for organisations or individuals, do take a look at our bespoke page.
Looking forward, the future is bright, tweed is much sought after as it is such a quality and versatile cloth and we look forward to continue to support and provide work for other UK manufacturers who are arguably the best in the world at what they do.
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