Harris Tweed is a traditional fabric that's often employed to represent old world style like countryside hunting and professorial attitude. It's a favored fabric of designers who want to represent traditonal as well as those that want to rebel against tradition (see Alexander McQueen FW '09 men's wear collection, for example).

But the local industry in Scotland that supports the textile has been in decline. A recent article in WWD (subscription required) cites 100 current producers of Harris Tweed, down 90% from a decade ago. Seeing an opportunity to revive the industry, Brian Haggas bought one of the largest factories, updated the company perspective and re-branded as Harris Tweed Scotland.

The initial offering from Harris Tweed Scotland is limited to four jackets in different fabrications. The nifty model shown here features 100% wool (dyed, spun and finished in the Western Isles of Scotland), side vents, two-button closures, leather buttons, notch lapels and moderate proportions. There's quite an impressive size range in the ready-made collection: 38-46 short, 38-50 regular and 40-46 long.