With the days getting shorter and a chill in the air, a new season is well and truly underway. Have you given your wardrobe a bit of a shake-up yet? I personally was quite reluctant to abandon my favourite summer pieces until this morning when I couldnâ€™t help but put on a cosy scarf and winter coat.
Thatâ€™s it – I thought – time to dig out the autumn arsenal.
Did you know that Scotland is renowned for its thriving textile industry around the world? Of course you did!
Handwoven by islanders from the Outer Hebrides using local wool, Harris Tweed is a world-famous luxury cloth. Widely available in global boutiques, it has featured in a number of top fashion housesâ€™ collections. In fact, in the words of Vivienne Westwood, itâ€™s â€˜the royalty of the cloth worldâ€™.
Top international designers, including Jean Paul Gautier, Chanel and Prada amongst many others have turned to Harris Tweed in their designs, and even Madonna has incorporated it into her wardrobe.
Remember Fivla and Vitamin, the famous Shetland ponies in cardigans? There are few things warmer than Shetland wool, so make sure you stock up on a warm knitted sweater for winter or if youâ€™re into your knitting, why not visit Shetland and learn more about the creative process behind its making?
Make sure you invest this season in tartan too, ladies & gents! With so much fascinating history behind one of Scotlandâ€™s most iconic products, why not search through the thousands of designs on the Scottish Register of Tartansâ€™ online collection to find your perfect colour combination and design?
And donâ€™t miss the town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders, home to Hawick Cashmere, whose products have made their way into the collections of the worldâ€™s top fashion houses including Chanel and Dior.
As the Starks would say in Game of Thrones, â€˜winter is comingâ€™ â€“ so get ready!
* Top image courtesy of Walker Slater in Edinburgh