Trips for the ultra wealthy start with an assessment of the threats at the destination, such as heightened risk of kidnapping or terrorist attacks. A team is deployed in advance to scout the area, learn evacuation routes and liaise with local security professionals or government resources. Bringing backup doses of medicines and renting armored cars also can be part of the program, Martin said..
Court proceedings were raised to protect the Harris Tweed brand but, following negotiations, HTA secured an appropriate confidential settlement from TK Maxx.HTA chief executive Lorna Macaulay said: “Here in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland we are a long way away from the commercial markets in which Harris Tweed is sold.”We do not however let that hinder our efforts to protect our various marks registered throughout the world.”We use the best legal advisers in the country and will pursue any individual or business who attempt to undermine what is so important and valued both by the people of the Outer Hebrides, and our customers.”Harris Tweed is cloth that has been hand woven by the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra in their own homes, using pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.This is the definition of the cloth contained in the Harris Tweed Act of 1993 and it ensures that all products certified with the Harris Tweed Orb symbol complies with this definition and is genuine Harris Tweed, the world’s only commercially produced hand woven tweed.She said sales of the cloth had never been so buoyant and in 2012, for the first time since 1993, production output has exceeded the million metre mark.She added: “This ancient industry which dates back centuries is vital to the modern economic, cultural and social fabric of the Outer Hebrides, employing some 250 craftsmen and women.TK Maxx has yet to comment.They were selling a product on its website described, but not actually labelled, as “Harris Tweed Blazer”.The product was not made from Harris Tweed and therefore ITX had acted contrary to the 1993 Act.Harris Tweed has many famous followers including pop star Madonna, rapper Tinie Tempah, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Dr Who Mark Smith.It has been used to make handbags, hats, dog collars and even Nike trainers in recent years.Now it is entering youth and sub culture fashion markets typified by a new Dr Martens tweed boot.The tweed is now enjoying boom times doubling production in just three years. Russia is currently being targeted as a major market for the fabric.At the moment more than 40 per cent of all Harris Tweed exports goes to Japan, overtaking sales to Germany.Demand from that Far East market helped push this 2012’s total production to more than a million metres of cloth. In 2009, production ran to just 500,000 metres..