So what the heck is buffalo plaid, and why do I like it so much? Technically, buffalo plaid consists of two colored yarns woven in stripes to create large intersecting blocks. It originated in the 1800’s in Scotland (the home to all things plaid.) Eventually it made its way to America, and became a staple of companies like Woolrich, who still weave the textile into thick wool blankets.
Today, buffalo plaid as a pattern manifests itself in many iterations - certainly still woven, but printed and painted versions have evolved too. It decorates items for home and fashion, and we’ve pulled some of our favorites for you. I first fell in love with Buffalo plaid, the classic red and black, when I worked at Ralph Lauren. A master of blending uptown sophistication with western wear chic, buffalo plaid is a staple of both of these worlds for the brand. I remember buying these huge plaid pillows and blankets for my little studio, inspiring a whole red berry plus white pine holiday look for the space.
While I’ve upgraded apartments since, I’ve kept and added to the buffalo plaid collection. What started in the city has migrated to the country - and isn’t that just like buffalo plaid to make the transition? From uptown to out east, buffalo plaid is the perfect look for the holidays.