Romney Tweed Has Just Launched Their Brand New Range of Well-Priced Prospect Tweed Products (Made Locally By Hand)

Social Enterprise, Romney Tweed, – has just launched their brand new range of well-priced consumer Prospect tweed products (which are made locally by hand).

Following the hugely successful launch of the 2021 Romney Tweed Prospect Collection cloth (inspired by Prospect Cottage, – the former home of the world-renowned English film director, the late Derek Jarman), Romney Tweed has just launched their brand new range of well-priced consumer Prospect tweed products, which are made locally by hand. 

The new range includes scarves, washbags and glasses cases (which are available to buy online, and can be made-to-order). Romney Tweed are experts when it comes to developing unique, personalised tweed (inspired by, and made for individuals and organisations), which can then be used for general apparel and tailored clothing and/or soft furnishings, such as curtains and interior accessories, for instance.

The social enterprise was commissioned by the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich to develop a unique tweed, based on the club’s rich history, flora and fauna native to the course (and the club’s distinctive scenery). The bespoke tweed was created to coincide with the club’s hosting of The Open (which was initially scheduled for 2020, but took place in July, 2021, instead, – due to a postponement driven by the pandemic).

All of Romney Tweed’s products are made from 100% British wool, which is biodegradable, recyclable, and is produced organically. The wool is durable, contains inherent flame-resistant properties, features natural water repellency, and requires less washing than man-made fibres. The tweeds are designed, woven and finished to the highest industry standard in England, and are available to purchase per meter.

Romney Tweed’s wool comes from a single breed (and often a single flock) of Romney sheep, which has grazed in the area since the 7th century. The wool is considered to be one of the very best British wools, and is spun into a worsted yarn and woven into a luxury tweed (that has a drape and handle, which is far superior to most middle weight-tweeds, meaning that it can be worn next to the skin). The wool is then finished and woven in Yorkshire.

The Romney Tweed Community Interest Company was Founded in 2014 by Pat Alston following the publication of a report in 2011 that highlighted the economic downturn, which was expected to damage the local economy, following the decommissioning of the Dungeness nuclear power station A site.

With high unemployment in the Romney Marsh area, Romney Tweed encourages local industry and tourism, and helps young people to acquire skills and employment. By choosing the weaving and tweed industry to help achieve these goals, Romney Tweed is now a successful niche producer, – making luxury tweeds in limited editions.

Romney Tweed’s Founder Pat formerly spent most of her working life in the Foreign Office, finishing up as a PA to the Foreign Secretary. She explained: “One of my passions, of course, is other cultures, balanced by a love of the timelessness and history of the Romney Marsh. My family association of which began in 1936 when my grandmother built a bungalow on a piece of shingle, which became our base when home on leave, and of which the family still uses today.

It is her love for the Marsh that drove her to assist its regeneration, – hence founding the social enterprise, Romney Tweed. Pat’s family has been associated with the area for over 80 years.

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