SFA joins forces with fashion house to launch clothing range

The range of clothing and accessories on offer to fans. Picture: Complimentary
The range of clothing and accessories on offer to fans. Picture: Complimentary
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IT is among the more unlikely pairings in a game typically associated with muddy shorts and sweaty shirts.

But Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and Scottish football’s governing body have given a top city fashion house the Saltire seal of approval.

The Scottish Football Association has teamed up with the Grassmarket’s Walker Slater and Harris Tweed Hebrides to create clothing 
and accessories for players and fans.

Using the world-famous Harris Tweed fabric, the vintage-style range combines he dark blue of the Scotland jersey with the sky blue of the Saltire and is not designed to be worn on the pitch.

Mr Slater’s first foray into the beautiful game came after they helped to create the official 2014 Ryder Cup Harris Tweed.

Joe Hall, of the firm’s corporate team, revealed the unlikely alliance between tweed and football was also a first for some of the players, including Celtic captain and national player Scott Brown.

He said: “[Scotland captain] Scott Brown had never worn this kind of thing but liked the result but Gordon [Strachan] comes in for suits anyway. He is an absolute pleasure and I have never met a man more down to earth.”

Mr Hall declined to discuss how much the contract was worth to the business but described the deal as “potentially huge”, adding “the sky’s the limits” in terms of sales.

Speaking as the Scotland squad have been fitted out with their official Harris Tweed jackets, Mr Strachan declared the new range a winner.

He said: “The Scotland fans arrive at games dressed for the occasion and now we will be able to do the same, through Harris Tweed.

“It’s really smart and will help bring us all together, players and fans alike”.

This was confirmed by Brown, who added: “The players all like this outfit and will enjoy wearing it.

“It looks great and is a lot more casual than what we are normally asked to wear.

“Everyone is looking for something classy and distinctive so I think Harris Tweed is a good fit for the Scotland national team”.

The range is now available exclusively from Edinburgh-based Walker Slater and will be rolled out next week.

Paul Walker, the tailoring firm’s managing director, said that they were proud to have worked with the SFA and Harris Tweed Hebrides to create a classic but edgy collection.

Mr Slater started in Laggan in 1989 before opening his first store in Edinburgh offering unstructured suits, in tweeds and linen together with a “rugged style of knitwear”.

Harris Tweed, by law, must be handwoven from pure wool, at the home of the weaver in the Outer Hebrides.

The cloth – worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and former Dr Who Matt Smith – is certified by the Harris Tweed Authority and bears the Orb symbol which means it is genuine Harris Tweed.