Plaid and Tartan Reconstructed

In honour of Robbie Burns Day, the HOB be celebrates all things plaid. Items going out on the floor in our plaid themed window display

Bold and eclectic plaid is currently seeing a resurgence in popularity in both new designs and upcycling. Different combinations of plaid on plaid is also a growing trend. Young designers are finding fresh, creative ways to reinvent the traditional Scottish kilt.Scottish Fashion Designer, Shiohban McKenzie has “tartan moving with the times” as seen in Nespresso Urban Life Magazine. Megan, Duchess of Sussex, doing her part, looking fab in plaid.

An example of new ways designers are using combinations of plaid in their creations. Above, an Alexander McQueen design seen on

A variety of colourful vintage plaid: dresses, jackets, pants, scarves, even shoes! The above plaid dress is vintage ZaZa made in Amsterdam. On the right, Belgium-made subtle earth-tone plaid outdoor jacket and Steilmann brown and purple suit-style jacket. Note~No Scots were involved in the design or construction of these three items!

As the Scots might say:

“Ye canna make a silk purse of a sow’s lug (pig’s ear)”

Tartan Scottish Gaelic: is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. Tartan is often called plaid in the United States.

Who knew? BC has its own Tartan!

Designed by Earl K Ward of Victoria in 1967. In 1974 it was officially adopted as the provincial tartan by the BC Symbols Act.

For auld lang syne, my jo,

For auld lang syne.

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

Robbie Burns 1788

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