Written by John Meadowcroft ▼

I say! Harris Tweed Land Rover launched

British designer Afzal Kahn has a habit of turning some of the most iconic cars on the road into fashion statements.

He insists 'the road is his catwalk', and has created an auto accessory business in A. Kahn Design that has survived for more than 20 years thanks to his creative thinking.

You may remember the iconic RS-R wheel that launched in 1996. It's now a design classic, and his latest creation is looking to achieve the same iconic status.

For Kahn has created a Land Rover Defender concept, complete with Harris Tweed.

Its full name is 'The Defender Concept 17 Wide Body - Harris Tweed Prototype' and falls perfectly in line with Kahn's philosophy of investing in the best of British manufacturing.


The main features of the Kahn Defender include a new wide track arch kit with a very aggressive look. Also included in the kit are vented headlight surrounds, side vents with mesh, clear front light lenses and more.

But perhaps its most striking feature is the car's Harris Tweed interior, which has been hand-woven from the Outer Hebrides. It's an incredibly high-quality material, made using wool local to the Isles of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra.

Kahn has interwoven the tweed throughout the interior, which is complemented by black quilted nappa leather. Silver and red contrast stitching courses through the Defender along the door trim, roof lining and more.

Kahn's vision is present all over the car, with incredible attention to detail shown on the most common areas. The centre glove box for example comes in black quilted nappa leather and grey alcantara, with red and silver contrast stitching. Aluminum machined pedals complete the overall package.


If that doesn't float your boat then consider the car's very own Kahn wheels. State-of-the-art, the 8-inch 1983 Defender wheels can be finished in any colour of choice and fit all original centre caps. The concept, according to us, is the perfect marriage of cutting-edge fashion and Land Rover's design excellence.

Kahn insists that he's able to impart a buyer's individual personality into the Defender, projecting their personally-requested style choices throughout the car. Want a car with the same interior as your living room, he says? He can do it.

We'd put an order in for one, but sadly our walls are covered in woodchip and a £5 market-stall print of the Mona Lisa.

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