March 3 2021 Supporting Small Scotland: No.9 Maccessori We are proud to bring you the next installment of ‘Support Small Scotland’ shining a light on Maccessori and its founder, Blair. Your March WeeBox showcases one of Blair’s beautiful Harris Tweed pieces, and an exclusive discount – we hope you will love it as much as we do! USE DISCOUNT CODE: MAC20G for 20% off all Maccessori tweed essentials at www.maccessori.com We caught up with Blair to hear more: How did Maccessori come about? Combining my passion for Harris Tweed and product design I founded Maccessori in 2009. It all started when my Mum had purchased some Harris Tweed to make cushions. With some spare offcuts left over she made a phone sleeve for my Dad. After speaking with a local textile manufacturer our first product was launched in 2009, the Harris Tweed iPhone Sleeve. It wasn’t long before we had introduced wallets, purses, bags and soft luggage to our collection and my idea and passion had turned into a business. Which Scottish brands have you worked with? As a proud Scottish business we have had the privilege of working with some of Scotland’s biggest brands producing private label products and collaborating with the likes of Hendricks Gin, Bowmore Whisky, Glenfiddich Whisky, Outlander TV Series, Laphroaig Whisky and The Scottish Rugby Union. What inspired you to develop the Scottie Dog keyring our Clan will receive in their March WeeBox? We are delighted to now be working with WeeBox and engaging with all their customers. We have developed a Scotty Dog Keyring which is hand stitched and made from genuine Harris Tweed. Scotland has always been my passion and I enjoy getting out on the mountains whenever I can. The majestic landscape offers a great canvas to create Harris Tweed designs and you can see the colours from around Scotland in each of the Tweeds we create. The Tweed we have picked for the Scotty Dog comes from a sunset over Torridon on the Western Coast of Scotland. These pastel colours work seamlessly in the tweed and brighten my day every time I look at them. I am incredibly proud to work with Harris Tweed, a truly iconic Scottish cloth. It has always been my passion to create products and I feel fortunate that I can combine my passions and call it work. Harris Tweed Harris Tweed is a hand woven and hand dyed cloth that can be woven only in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. As one of the most famous cloths in the world it is the only material that is protected by its own act of parliament, The Harris Tweed Authority. The raw material of the Harris Tweed weaver is woollen yarn made entirely from 100% pure new wool in accordance with Harris Tweed Act of 1993. At the present time almost all of the yarn is processed at the Harris Tweed Mills on the island. The woollen cloth known as Harris Tweed has always been woven and dyed by hand in the Western Isles of Scotland. Originally this handmade fabric was woven by crofters for familial use, ideal for protection against the colder climate in the North of Scotland, in more modern times the material is woven for a wide range of uses including fashion and interiors.