Bentley’s tweed color themes include Cheltenham “with its countryside greens,” Glen Plaid–Tolsta Beach “with its bold check pattern,” and two “subtle and contemporary choices” known as the Charcoal and Sand Herringbone tweeds.
The tweed is sourced from the Lovat Mill, located in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick. As Bentley explains, Lovat Mill operates a “dry” production facility with absolutely no adverse impact on the local natural environment.
“There are no hazardous industrial chemicals (such as AZO dye) used on-site and they weave on “environmentally aware” versatile rapier looms,” says Bentley in a press release. “Furthermore, with 90 percent of local electricity consumption coming from renewable sources, negligible emissions, and the local highly skilled workforce living mostly within easy walking distance of the facility, the mill is able to minimize its carbon footprint.”
Before making it an option for the Continental’s soft top, Bentley teamed up with Savile Row tailors to create the “Sportsman” Bentayga, choosing the Peck 62 tweed for the passenger and driver fascias. The Continental GT Equestrian Edition also featured diamond-quilted tweed fabrics for the door inlays and rear quarter panels, while the new ultra-limited Bentley Mulliner Bacalar show car incorporated grey tweed to the sides of the center console, across the instrument panel, and into the door interiors, with further tweed detailing on the seats and the bespoke luggage set.
Tweed is how Bentley says Made in Britain.