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Checked Spirit Collection

Checked fabric bring both a touch of modernity and originality to an outfit. Whether on a scarf, a shirt or a kilt, checks are very trendy.

The check is a timeless and elegant pattern, which can be declined in many colours and different structures.

Here are the 4 main types of checks:

- Tartan: this pattern mixes horizontal and vertical lines of different colours and thicknesses which intersect perpendicularly. The tartan was born in Scotland and, by its unique pattern, made it possible to mark one's belonging to a clan. Today, it is strongly associated with Scottish kilts and can come in multiple colours.

- Prince of Wales: this pattern is made up of an interlacing of fine horizontal and vertical lines, often enhanced with a line of contrasting colour, and traditionally in dark tones. Originally created for large English landowners living in Scotland who could not adopt the tartan pattern (reserved for clans), it was popularized by King Edward II at the end of the 19th century. This pattern usually adorns elegant pieces like the Harris Tweed jackets in our collection.

- Windowpane: This is the most classic and recognizable pattern. It is characterized by a repetition of squares of equal size and separated by a single line. Available in several colours, its graphic side allows you to play on volumes. It is often found on men's checked shirts or on certain Irish caps.

- Gingham: this pattern is characterized by alternating small solid, white and half-tone squares. The origins of the gingham pattern date back to the 19th century, under Napoleon III when the industry was booming in France. Discovered by Empress Eugénie and her ladies during a visit to a factory near Vichy, it quickly found its way onto all outfits, and was brought up to date by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. It can be found on shirts, or on skirts and dresses for a retro look.

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