2017 is the year for red and black buffalo check at my house.
It’s a new thing for me to get excited about such a dominant pattern, when usually it’s neutral, can’t-commit-to-color, let’s keep it matchy-matchy.
It takes a bit of time to get my steam up and get the train chugging out of the station.
Toot-toot. The whistle’s blowing.
Now that I’m on a roll, look out. This post is going to be heavy on the red and black.
Have you ever wondered
why this large-squared plaid is called buffalo check? The name reminds me of lumberjacks and deep woods and log cabins. Particularly, lumberjacks with frosty mustaches shaking the snow off their boots on the wooden porch, then letting in a blast of icy air when they open the door. The coat and buffalo-check flannel shirt come off, because of course, the warm fire and the heat from the cooking stove stifle him in that little log cabin.
Most of us have never met a lumberjack. Or lived in a log cabin with one.
So why the love affair with buffalo check? MaineToday gives us a little history.
Buffalo plaid originated from none other than Woolrich Woolen Mills. The company began producing the Buffalo Check shirt around 1850, which means we’ve been rocking this plaid for over 150 years. At its inception, the shirt was an instant hit with workers and outdoorsmen braving the elements and has been in the Woolrich line ever since. Legend has it that Woolrich’s designer of the distinctive style owned a herd of buffalo and that’s how it got its name. The Buffalo Check design has since become synonymous with the Woolrich brand. Woolrich has a Buffalo Check shirt in its archives that is dated to around 1856. The wool found in that shirt is still being produced in the very same factory, which happens to be the oldest woolen mill in the country.
That’s probably more history than you wanted to know. And how this design resembles the producer’s buffalo, I can’t imagine.
But somehow we love this design, for all sorts of clothing and decor. And cards and party invitations and list pads…
And, NEXT WEEK, friends, THIS
is going to be in our Etsy shop!!!
Yoo-hoo! The train is coming into the station loaded with goodies.
Yes, those are the lumberjack’s mittens, attached with red string, to a buffalo check flannel and cozy cable knit wall hanging and table runner. Check our Etsy store on Monday, November 6.
And just because I can’t make it all,
here are some more cozy things to add to your list. (I am not affiliated with these stores and just share their cozy things because I love them.) Click on the picture to find the link.