About Us

„Oh look at our little Inky Pinky!” Exclaimed my Scottish neighbour when seeing my little sister Inken Pielhau getting out of a car who visited me in her school breaks. The place I immigrated to in 1973,  the Isle of Skye, where later I  made friends with the locals on the Outer Hebrides, where I have learned a lot about sheep, sheep farming and breeding. sheep fleece, dying and most of all about Harris Tweed. Where Lady Catherine Herbert had inherited the Dunmore Estate on the Isle of Harris from her husband the Earl of Dunmore and who made the cloth Harris Tweed well known amongst her aristocratic friends in London in the mid 1840s.

The love of Harris Tweed  was obviously inculcated into my sister as later when a student she began to design and sew outstanding garments for herself out of this very noble and yet exceedingly robust material. When more and more fellow students as well as friends and acquaintances pleaded her to tailor for them my sister Inken went self-employed in designing garments made of Harris Tweed and called herself “Inky Pinky”.

In the summer 2010 which was the year the trademark for Harris Tweed, the “Orb”, was 100 years old, sadly my sister passed away.

Since the year 2011 I manage Inky Pinky as a wholesaler and retailer of Harris Tweed and have added Ring-of-Kerry Original Irish Tweed in 2015. I have patented the name Inky Pinky as a fashion label in 2012.

Although both tweeds are good for living I do not earn my living with the tweeds. My income is based on teaching English to children and adults as well as Business English in companies. Selling the tweeds not only means to continue what my sister Inken began but also to have a very good excuse to go to Scotland at least once a year leisurely by car and ferry to the Outer Hebrides. Having a “wee dram” with the weavers and choosing tweeds personally. The same goes for Ireland. The exceptionally good contacts allow me not only to have tweeds woven in relatively small amounts for customers with fancy tastes for clothes, but also to create and design tweeds for seatings and curtains for the gastronomy industry to emphasise the respective individuality.

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