Combining her love of Harris Tweed with her passion for golf has provided Mairead Hume with a business that has already caught the eye of several top golfers – and is set to take New York by storm.
The Mairead Hume Harris Tweed Golf Collection was launched last year by the 52 year-old, from Dunblane, who, thanks to working for a leading golf tour operator, spotted a gap in the market for a luxury golf accessories business.
The products, which include a club head cover, golf shoe bag, tee bag and trolley hand warmer, are all handmade in Harris Tweed and already hang from the golf bags of top European Tour players like Beth Allan and Sally Watson.
Now, Mairead, who has tapped into advice form Business Gateway Stirling, is in advanced talks with a number of world leading golf courses looking to stock her luxury collection including Trump Turnberry, Trump International and Kingsbarns Golf Links. She also aims to break into the American market this summer with help from a Scottish golf lover living in NYC.
She said: “The reaction to the products has been phenomenal, and the golf pros who use them love the fact they’ve got a little bit of ‘Scotland’ with them wherever they are competing. It’s taken months of hard work to get to where I am now as I am juggling running my own business whilst still working full time. It really has been a game of perseverance - I am an unknown trying to get shelf space alongside world famous brands. Now I am starting to see that hard work pay off and am hopeful that my products will be in Turnberry by July.”
She added: “I’ve already had quite a few orders from the US via my website and have just agreed to work with a rep in New York City who is going to test the market for me. She’s a Scot who is well connected in the golf scene in the city so it’s a very exciting opportunity."
The Harris Tweed Collection come in a vast array of colours and can be personalised for corporate and personal gifts.
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