Why We Chose It: UK-made, timeless appeal
Developed in partnership with Peak District-based bushcraft and survival school Woodland Ways, this unusual smock is a core piece in Scottish brand Keela’s Heritage range. It employs British-sourced fabrics in the form of heavyweight Harris Tweed and Millerain Stay Wax Cotton panels. This results in a classic look and feel, which works in perfect harmony with the timeless smock pattern design.
What Is The Harris Tweed Smock Best Suited To?
It’s a supremely well-made garment that will appeal to campers, bushcraft enthusiasts and any other outdoorsy types who prefer the look and feel of natural fabrics to new-fangled modern synthetics. It’s also a real investment piece – one that not only ought to last for many years but will also get better with age as it gets worn-in.
It’s certainly no lightweight – this isn’t a packable, ultralight layer for backpacking or long-distance walking. But for weekends in the woods or low-impact camping trips, it would be the perfect warm, weather-resistant top.
There are a multitude of British brands in the outdoor industry: Mountain Equipment, Montane, Berghaus, Rab, Paramo, Craghoppers, Alpkit, Sprayway, Rohan, Vango… the list goes on. But comparatively few of these companies actually manufacture anything in the UK.
This smock, however, is lovingly made at Keela’s Scottish HQ using materials sourced close to home – namely, Harris Tweed from the Hebrides and British Millerain waxed cotton from Lancashire. As well as showcasing a long and proud heritage of British fabrics and British textile manufacturing, this also gives the garment a commendably low carbon footprint.
Construction and Performance
Wool has long been known for its remarkable properties, which is why it has been used in clothing for centuries. In fact, it wouldn’t be a push to call woollen garments nature’s own performance fabric, since they offer good UV protection, naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, good warmth (even when wet), temperature regulation and long-term durability. This smock is made from Harris Tweed, i.e. heavyweight 100% virgin wool, and so boasts all of these qualities. In addition, the waxed cotton panels across the shoulder yoke add extra water-resistance and durability – ideal if you’re lugging a haversack full of vintage camping gear.