Addicted to novelty since 2001

Harris Tweed and Nike

The movie on the plane from Montreal to Paris was After the Sunset. In truth, I’d never heard of the thing, despite the presence of Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson. It’s a pretty awful movie, and features way too much of Brosnan and Hayek mashing their lips together. It’s a predictable, third-rate heist film–barely more than an advertisement for the Bahamas and Hayek’s prodigious bosom.

But that’s beside the point. The film was followed by this great BBC documentary about the dying tweed industry on the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. I’ve mentioned them before, discussing how much I love my Harris Tweed coat. A potential saviour has appeared from the most unlikely of places–Nike:

It all began with a phone call from a Nike designer to weaver Donald John Mackay and his wife Maureen, who live and work in Luskentyre in the Outer Hebrides. Nike were looking for a way to update a trainer called The Terminator, a basketball shoe from the 1980s, and wanted to use Harris Tweed as a key part of the design.

Trainer, in case you’re wondering, is British for ‘sneaker’ or ‘running shoe’. Ultimately, Nike made this great looking tweed running shoe and launched it last fall. I’ve been unable to determine how well it’s selling, but I was pleased to hear that Harris Tweed might survive a while longer. Someday I hope to go there and bring my coat, so they can tell me when it was made.