Whisky-scented fabric launched by Johnnie Walker and Harris Tweed
The fabric, which was created at the Harris Tweed Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis, will be revealed in Berlin this week.
Iconic Scottish brands Johnnie Walker and Harris Tweed have teamed up to create a fabric which smells of whisky.
The Aqua Alba textile “reflects the colours of the whisky ingredients” and “carries a unique scent”, according to its designers.
The fabric, which was created at the Harris Tweed Hebrides mill in Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis, will be launched in Berlin this week.
Donald Mackay, who heads the finishing department at the Harris Tweed, said: “I have worked with aromas in the past but they were only meant to withstand one dry clean.
“The process we have devised for Johnnie Walker means that this scent is layered into the fabric throughout the finishing process and is permanently imbued in the tweed.”
The fabric was designed with help from Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design.
Heriot-Watt business development manager, Jim McVee, said smart textiles like Aqua Alba are a “fast-developing” sector.
He said: “Our brief was to assist Harris Tweed Hebrides with the development of a tweed for Johnnie Walker that incorporates a micro-encapsulated fragrance.
“Fabric technologists in Galashiels developed the prototypes which will enable Harris Tweed Hebrides to offer products using this technology in future.”
Milan-based designer Angelos Bratis has created a range of products using the fabric.
Oscar Ocana, managing director of Johnnie Walker Western Europe, added: “Bratis' work celebrates the craftsmanship, premium quality and blending expertise that Johnnie Walker and Harris Tweed are built upon”.
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