Buffalo Check, the Not So New Hot Style for the Holidays
Posted on November 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM by Wendy Muench
This year’s hot holiday look is buffalo check. In black and white or traditional red and black, it is popping up in everything from trees and holiday wrap to bedding and clothing. But Buffalo check is really nothing new.
Buffalo check has been around since at least the 1600’s. According to The Reed, Style Travel Shop, Its origins lie in Scotland as the Rob Roy tartan of Clan MacGregor. One of the family's descendants, Jock McCluskey, who settled in Montana in the 1800s traded buffalo pelts (hence the name buffalo plaid) with Native Americans for heavy woven Scottish blankets made in the style of his family's tartan.
From there, According to Ad Week Magazine buffalo plaid design was adopted by Woolrich Woolen Mills, which was founded in 1830. (Rumor has it that the designer owned a herd of buffalo and that is where the name originated.) The company began producing the Buffalo Check shirt around 1850. The wool shirt was warm and rugged and is still being produced today. It has been a staple with farmers, ranchers, hunters along with lumberjacks and other outdoorsmen for 150 years.
Interestingly enough, the classic red and black check has never gone out of style. The have been brief resurgences throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. From Paul Bunyan to Marlon Brando and more.
This season, we have seen bedding groups, table top, candles, throws all in the traditional red and black plaid, but also in black and white, and many other color combinations.
Wherever the name originated, it is obvious that the classic buffalo check design will remain strong for many years to come.This season, we have seen bedding groups, table top, candles, throws all in the traditional red and black plaid, but also in black and white, and many other color combinations.