Sunday, October 23, 2011
Geek Chic: My Deep Adoration for Argyle
It turns out that the Argyle pattern is derived from the Argyll (archaically Argyle) region of western Scotland. The powerful Campbell clan wore the pattern of what we now know as Argyle. Their power and influence was not only political, but also in the fashion field. With their status, their signature clan clothing became popular throughout all of Argyll and then throughout all of Scotland. It eventually came to where we are now, being popular in England and the U.S. post-World War I when we came into contact with more Scots than we typically cared (not me, but the collective U.S. "we").
I find it so interesting that this pattern that was the signature pattern for a specific fmaily in Scotland became so popular that over three hundred years later, it's the most identifiable and traditional pattern. It never goes out of style...at least not for us nerds. Don't let the golfers take this pattern for themselves! Let's own it! Who's with me?!