by Sharon Auld
Buffalo Plaid (also known as Buffalo Check) is one of this season’s hottest trends. Buffalo plaid has large squares that are usually red and black, though other colors are also popular. For me this checked fabric conjures up feelings of warmth and coziness. Maybe that’s why lots of people associate this plaid with the American blanket makers Pendleton or Woolrich, but in fact, this popular plaid has Scottish roots.
After a quick search on the internet, I found that this tartan is considered one of the oldest tartans and became known as the ‘Rob Roy’ tartan of the MacGregor Clan. Jock McCluskey, a descendant of the MacGregor Clan, originally settled in Canada in the 1800’s (and later in parts of the USA). He traded these heavy wool, tartan blankets for buffalo pelts with the Sioux and Cheyenne people (hence the name buffalo plaid).
You may also have heard the term “Modern Lumberjack” or variations of a similar name. Yes, it’s considered a real thing and yes, it’s not just mountain men who wear plaid. Urbanites and country folk alike are embracing this season’s hottest look; a cool, “woodsy” vibe originally made popular by lumberjacks (bonus points for a full beard)! Will you be embracing this look and sporting a beard this season?