16. Harris Tweed
Founder: Harris Tweed Authority
Year Founded: First woven at least 200 years ago, Harris Tweed Association established 1906.
Harris Tweed is a brand, but it isn't a clothing brand. It's the brand of a type of fabric, made in a particular manner in a particular place. Tweed has been made in Scotland for at least two hundred years, but it was a essentially a trade meeting, held in 1906, that created Harris Tweed. Harris Tweed is traditionally hardy cloth, woven by hand on foot-powered looms on the islands of Harris and Lewis in northern Scotland. It's the definitional tweed, made of the colors of the Scottish landscape, tough-wearing and beautiful. Today, tweed is made all over the world, but Harris Tweed remains the gold standard.