Boss Tweed

…is shutting the mill

The owner of a mill which produced 95% of all Harris Tweed has ceased production for the rest of the year.
Brian Haggas told the BBC he would make no more tweed until the end of the year, depending on demand.
The decision raises doubts about the future of his remaining 40 staff and 130 weavers who depended on the mill on Lewis for their livelihood.
The weavers said the situation had never been so bleak and fear many of them will have to leave the industry.
Cloth produced at the former Kenneth Mackenzie mill has gone into making tweed jackets.
With close on 70,000 jackets now ready, Mr Haggas said he would not weave any more cloth until the end of the year.

The prices have just gotten crazy on this stuff, so I’m not surprised that sales are slow.
And I have to say, having a staff of 40 in addition to 130 weavers seems a bit top-heavy from an overhead point of view.

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