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A Prince of Wales winter look


As often in the great classics of the male wardrobe, everything starts in England. In 1822, King George IV visited Scotland, and asked clan leaders to wear the colors of their clan during their audience in order to recognize them more easily.

The latter had to choose the motif that remained associated with them thereafter. The Tartan pattern was born and from this date, tartans became registered patterns, the use of which was reserved for members of the clan concerned.

This motif became more popular when the king decided to wear a kilt during some of these international trips.

In the 19th century, the great English landowners established in Scotland who were not entitled to tartan, which was the motif of the clans, nevertheless wished to dress with identifiable designs, they were inspired by the tartan motif by adding tiles to it. Called "district checks".

Legend has it that it was Lady Caroline, who lived not far from the famous Loch Ness, who first had this idea, which quickly became the norm. The best known being the Glen checks, the Shepherd, the Dupplin and the Benmore.

In the 1920's, the Prince of Wales, future King the elegant Edward VIII, fell in love with this fabric and added thin colored stripes in addition to the original stripes... hence its name: the "Prince of Wales" -check". At first, wearing such a "sporty" fabric in town caused a scandal, but it was popularized by Americans, especially in films, with Cary Grant in Death by the Kite (1959) or Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) . The shade varies according to fashion: for example, in the 1960s it was a fairly light grey, whereas today it is generally a medium gray with a sky blue stripe.

The Prince of Wales fabric is quickly becoming a must. Its sober and classic style gives it a very elegant look. It is one of the timeless prints that have a special place in our wardrobes.

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