How much is that doggy in the window (the one with the matching Harris Tweed coat?)

These past two weeks have seen the somewhat late arrival of the proper wintry weather that we’ve come to expect in more recent years. Just four years ago (as if we could forget), the UK was experiencing its coldest December since Met Office records began in 1910, with temperatures plummeting as low as -16ºC as recorded at Altnaharra in the Highlands.

In a U-turn from four years ago, so far 2014 has been the warmest year on record with ten out of eleven months seeing above average mean temperatures. Snow boots and shovels at the ready…but only at the ready for the moment.

And in typical British style, we are all feeling a little unprepared. I’ve only just packed away my summer shorts (much to everyone’s pleasure) since ‘Heatwave Halloween’.

OK we admit it; summer chic isn’t our forte. But when it comes to winter style, we can’t be beaten.

And the tip of this winter style iceberg can be summed up in two, iconic words: Harris Tweed.

This magnificent (and now globally recognised) brand is truly something to be proud of in our heritage. Not only in terms of its historical roots; but the brand has always – and continues to be – the custodian of uncompromised quality when it comes to Scottish fabric.

Hand woven and finished by islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, this beautiful textile is also made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the same location.

The exact date of Harris Tweed’s roots remain uncertain, but the passing of an Act of Parliament in 1993 created the Harris Tweed Authority; an organisation responsible for promoting and maintaining the brand’s authenticity, standard and reputation, which is embodied through the unmistakable ‘Orb’ branded on each genuine Harris Tweed item.

And as you would expect from a heritage brand, the pieces are timeless and personal.

From classic, ‘forever’ wardrobe staples including the ‘Kate’ check jacket and wool blazers for men, the brand has also moved with the times. The range now extends to stylish iPad cases, gloves, wallets, handbags and even interior accessories; perfect wallet-friendly Christmas gifts that won’t ever go out of fashion.

But the crème de la crème has to be the matching jackets now available for your pooch. Cute, stylish and warm – it’s definitely fair to say that whilst a dog is for life and not just for Christmas, so is your Harris Tweed jacket.

So step out in style with your fetching canine friend (sorry…I couldn’t resist) and give winter the cold shoulder this year.