We have just launched a micro site for the hand me down project. Please check it out here of you'd like to see it.
Here are Davids thoughts about it:
We live in times of limited resources but unlimited desire to consume them. The answer though is real simple: to consume less as a consumer; to make a better designed product as a manufacturer.
Going forward we will have to take more responsibility for our consumption. The manufacturer and the consumer will both have to share that responsibility.
We live in interesting times.
From where we stand as a manufacturer, a product that keeps working for longer uses less-resources in the end. The key ingredients to this are quality and good design.
To make something well, you know, the best you can do, means going that extra mile. Every stitch, every zip, every little feature considered. The weakest points made strong. Then, and only then, can we say that we have fully understood the responsibility of making something.
This product is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years from the date of original purchase. The chances are it will last a good deal longer than that. So now all you have to decide is who you’d like to hand this product down to.
Here's a quick word about the tweed we use for the Jackets:
The organic tweed that lines the jackets has been created especially for us by Ardalanish Tweed Weavers in the Isle of Mull. The wool comes from native breed sheep that roam freely on the island. The colour of the tweed is the natural grey of the sheeps wool and the light and dark blue lines of the check have been created by dyeing the wool with woad.
Woad is a herb that looks like a cross between spinach and sugar beet and it produces an indigo colour. It's a natural alternative to the chemicals dyes and it has the full approval of the Soil Association.
We have a few threads running about this line and to find them if you need to just type HMD into the search box.
Here are some great links to check out from the isle of Mull Weavers website.