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Harris Tweed settles IP dispute with US retailer

The Harris Tweed Authority has settled a dispute with US retailer Euromarket Designs, which trades as Crate and Barrel, over the use of the Harris Tweed name in chairs sold by the company.

In June the Authority, which safeguards the Harris Tweed name, claimed that Crate and Barrel was selling chairs described as a “Harris Tweed Collection” and labelled as “Harris Tweed Chair” and “Harris Herringbone Chair”, even though neither chair contained any Harris Tweed.

Harris Tweed said the sale of the products on Crate and Barrel’s website, in its stores and in its catalogues breached the Harris Tweed Act 1993 and “risked the dilution” of the Scottish brand.

Following negotiations Crate and Barrel said its use of the name Harris Tweed was not deliberate and no chairs from the “Harris Tweed Collection” had been sold in the UK. 

The Authority secured an “appropriate” monetary settlement and assurances from Crate and Barrel that there will be no repetition.

Lorna Macaulay, chief executive of the Harris Tweed Authority, said: “As we are based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, it can sometimes seem a long way away from the commercial markets in which Harris Tweed is sold. But we never let this distance hinder our continued efforts to protect our various registered marks throughout the world.”

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