“Tweeds with a Twist”
J&L Tweed was born deep in the Scottish Highlands.
An American in Dornoch – Liz Warnock from Chicago, Illinois. During my first visit there, something struck me of the abundant natural beauty. Perhaps based on my love of photography and art, I was inspired by the stunning Highland colours. And on that same trip I discovered Highland sporting tweed: It’s durability, functionality, strength and it’s cunning history as camouflage. I also was surprised by the exciting and vibrant colours of many of the Highland tweeds.
All this discovery took a wonderful leap when my husband and I decided to renovate an old Georgian manse house built in 1843 into a country house hotel, Links House at Royal Dornoch. Having no experience as hoteliers other than a life of travel, we were unconstrained by convention. We simply knew what we liked and thought others would enjoy it as well. As we decorated, we designed a classic bespoke tweed for Links House. Our guests began to inquire about it, so we had a few products made and they sold well. Inquiries about other colours began and then so did my idea for J&L Tweed (it’s name represents Janie, my daughter and me, Liz)
The success of Links House gave me the confidence to launch J&L Tweed. My goal was to introduce the unique visual essence of the Scottish Highlands into the global fashion market with colourful and spirited, yet classic tweeds and cashmere.
All the fabrics are made in the Scottish Highlands and named by me for places I have visited in the area. The makeup bags are made right here in Dornoch and in the neighboring town of Tain then I add a vibrant colour leather tassel to compliment the fabric and interior of the bag, plus I include a photo I have taken during my time in the Highlands
I hope you enjoy my J&L Tweed Collection. Each product is designed and hand crafted with the timeless quality, extraordinary beauty and unique sensibility of the Scottish Highlands.
And perhaps my Collection will prompt you to travel North and come see for yourself the extraordinary beauty that is the Scottish Highlands.
Liz Warnock: Designer and Founder, J&L Tweed