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Bentley adds tweed trim to special options list

Material produced in Scotland using ‘ethical, environmentally friendly processes’

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Order your Bentley Flying Spur, Continental GT or Bentayga and the company’s Mulliner customization crew can trim your door panels in tweed. 

Bentley notes that this material is not only traditional but sustainable and is produced in Scotland, where the River Tweed gave its name to the material, using “ethical, environmentally friendly processes.” The new option is part of Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy to become a global leader in “sustainable luxury mobility.”

“For admirers of authentic British heritage and those passionate about the use of sustainable materials, the four contemporary tweed patterns add a new, high quality texture to the near-limitless range of customization options showcased in the Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide,” Bentley said in its announcement.

“The introduction of tweed as an option for the complete product range gives customers the opportunity to specify an even more unique finish for their vehicle’s interior. The tactile woven wool finish to the doors transforms the energy of the cabin into a robust yet tranquil environment.

“Selected to compliment the interior design, and natural color harmony with many of the leather hides already throughout the cabin, four different tweeds are initially available.”

Those four options are:

“Cheltenham, with its countryside greens, offers a more traditional choice for customers whereas Glen Plaid–Tolsta Beach, named after the shores of the rugged Outer Hebrides, makes a confident statement with its bold check pattern. Providing a more subtle, contemporary choice, the Charcoal and Sand Herringbone tweeds complement dark and light interiors respectively on the two-door and four-door Grand Tourers.”

The materials are sourced from Lovat Mill, “located in the picturesque Scottish Borders town of Hawick, the mill goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that its tweeds are produced in the most ethical and environmentally friendly ways,” Bentley reports.

“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. 

“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.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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