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INTRODUCING Harley of Scotland

Established in 1929 by Peter Harley Buchan – great-grandfather and grandfather of the current owners – Harley of Scotland’s factory is still located on the original factory site, originally herring fish yards. The company originally began knitting traditional fisherman’s hosiery socks to the local marketplace.

As a young fisherman, Peter Harley Buchan was inspired by the unique symbolism of the patterns of the Fair Isle sweaters he saw Northern Isles fishermen. Using Shetland wool, he later went on to produce beautiful Fair Isle knitwear using the beautiful melanges of colour, pattern and texture. These garments were inspired by the sea, the spectacular coastline and represented our local culture and heritage.

Today, Harley of Scotland are market leaders in seam free whole garment knitwear. With a heritage anchored in fair isle knitting techniques, Harley garments are inspired by the local landscapes and culture of the North-East and Northern Isles of Scotland and built around four core values.

QUALITY MANUFACTURE: Throughout yarn selection, garment design, manufacturing processes and attention to detail, their focus is always on the highest quality and producing finest Scottish knitwear available.

NATURAL FIBRES: With an emphasis on natural fibres, they work with the finest Scottish and Italian yarns available on the market. From their classic Supersoft Shetland sourced and spun locally in Aberdeenshire, through their superfine Lambswool to the finest Scottish Cashmere. All yarns selected are carefully tested and graded for our quality sweaters and created for the demands of their highly discerning customers.

PROVENANCE: Their knitwear is made with care in Scotland and they carefully source all their yarns according to their quality and sustainability standards. They care about the environment and the ethical sourcing of their raw materials.

ZERO WASTE: Seam-free whole garment knitting means their knitwear is knitted flatbed tubular “in the round” and cast off the machines as a complete sweater. They are proud to offer their knitwear to market with zero waste.