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Like chefs who are inspired by delicious ingredients, as tailors, we are inspired by the exceptional fabrics that make up our bespoke suits. As far as textiles go, most people know the classic houndstooth, pinstripe, and gingham. But one pattern, which has a bit more backstory and a wonderful look, is Prince of Wales check.

The Name

Nicknamed after the Prince of Wales (later known as Edward VII) who famously popularized the check, The Prince of Wales check is also known as glen check, glen plaid (in the US) and Glen Urquhart check. Although nowadays the terms are used interchangeably, it takes a trained eye and a true tailoring aficionado to know the subtle differences and understand the complex, yet fascinating history behind the two.

The Look

The pattern is made up of two dark and two light stripes alternating with four dark and four light stripes to create a crossing pattern of irregular checks.

Nowadays, the names glen check and Prince of Wales check can be used to refer to any textile with the distinctive box-like graphic pattern of both original styles in muted colors and a smaller scale… resulting in a fabric that is simultaneously classic and contemporary. The outcome: a dashing modern look with an undeniably sophisticated European tone.