Tokyo, Japan (CNS) – Supermodels strutting the catwalks during Tokyo Fashion Week most likely weren’t thinking about the tweed draped across their bodies — and they certainly weren’t thinking about the sheep the tweed came from.
That thinking was left to Scottish farmer Aeneas Mackay who had flown in from his Ardalanish Farm in remote Hebridean, to view what happened to his wool. The 59-year old farmer traveled to Japan as part of a Scottish Enterprise delegation of home-grown manufacturers and designers.
Herringbone cloth, woven by Aeneas and his wife on their organic farm, was being modeled in front of Tokyo’s VIP’s during the fashion week. The tweed had been transformed into a trouser suit by a young Scottish designer named Iona Crawford. Mackay said his visit to Japan was worthwhile and he hopes that he has developed a relationship with the Japanese that will last a lifetime.
Mackay did say it was surprising for him to see models strutting their stuff while wearing his wool. Despite the glitz and glamour, Mackay thought about his sheep running through the hills when he saw the models wearing his organic tweed.