New York Fashion Pages 'Women's Wear Daily' Covers Sherlock Holmes Tartan
Sherlock Holmes Tartan, under the licence of the Conan Doyle Estate - arrived in New York City last month - here's what happened when Tartan creator Tania Henzell met with Jean E. Palmieri from Women's Wear Daily...
Sherlock Holmes Lives on in Specially Designed Tartan
A descendant of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a pattern approved by the Scottish Register of Tartan
Tania Henzell is a great-great-step-granddaughter of the author, and a tartan creator in her own right, so it made sense for her to design one based¬†on¬†Conan¬†Doyle's¬†world-famous¬†detective,¬†Sherlock¬†Holmes.
Conan Doyle was of Irish descent and born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he obtained a medical degree. Soon after, he began a detective¬†series¬†with¬†his¬†first¬†book,¬†"A¬†Study¬†in¬†Scarlet,"¬†in¬†1887
where he introduced the Holmes character. The success of that work led Conan Doyle to eventually pen three more novels and 56 short stories featuring¬†the¬†detective¬†and¬†his¬†sidekick¬†and¬†biographer,¬†Dr.¬†John¬†H.
To celebrate her ancestor's heritage, Henzell, whose great-step-grandmother Jean was Conan Doyle's youngest daughter, created a tartan in muted tones of green, to represent Ireland, and blue, to represent Scotland. There is a thin blue line edged with brown, which is meant to represent the Reichenbach Falls where Holmes was thought to lose his life after fighting with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. A gold line is meant to reference Holmes being the greatest detective of his time.
In a visit to New York earlier this month along with the Baker Street Irregulars, a long-standing literary organization of Holmes enthusiasts, Henzell¬†said¬†it¬†took¬†several¬†years¬†to¬†obtain,¬†but¬†she¬†eventually¬†had¬†her
tartan approved by the Scottish Register of Tartans, a first for a literary¬†character.
She used that tartan to create a variety of accessories including a deerstalker hat, bow ties, scarves, ties, a brooch, a women's purse, a hip¬†flask¬†and¬†neckties.¬†There¬†is¬†even¬†a¬†kilt,¬†waistcoat¬†and¬†jacket¬†as well as women's skirts and a tartan tweed coat. Prices range from 25 pounds for a bow tie and 75 pounds for the deerstalker hat to 175 pounds for¬†the¬†waistcoat,¬†595¬†pounds¬†for¬†the¬†kilt¬†and¬†1,300¬†pounds¬†for¬†a¬†cape.
Right now, the products are being sold on the Sherlock Holmes Tartan website, but Henzell is hoping to expand distribution in both Europe and¬†the¬†U.S.¬†"America¬†is¬†the¬†better¬†place¬†to¬†get¬†started,"¬†she¬†said.
"In Scotland and England, Sherlock is popular, but it's just another tartan."
Her first go-round in the States came last month during a trunk show at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York where the lambswool scarves, bow tie and¬†rose¬†brooches¬†were¬†the¬†most¬†popular¬†sellers.¬†She¬†is¬†planning¬†to
¬†And she's also hopeful that next year's release of "Sherlock 3," a film starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson,¬†will¬†also¬†help¬†raise¬†visibility¬†of¬†the¬†character¬†and¬†his¬†newly