Buffalo Plaid in the Heart of America
I’m not sure about you, but whenever I see a Buffalo Plaid shirt I can’t help but hum the Bob Marley classic, “Buffalo Soldier” to myself. This might seem like a thematic dissonance, since the former is a type of fabric and the latter is a song about the first all-black U.S. Army units, but both are inextricably linked to the Civil War; Woolrich Woolen Mills first created Buffalo Plaid in the 1850’s only a handful of years before the war broke out and they began supplying wool blankets to Union troops, while Buffalo Soldier Calvary units were officially formed immediately after the war ended in 1866 to protect new settlers. And, of course, both the fabric and the soldiers owe their nickname to the American Buffalo, which dominated the plains at the time. So, despite Buffalo Plaid being a hipster staple of the past fifteen years, the fabric has so much meaning built into its fibers that not even the most ironic styling can take it away.
- Made in Japan
- 81% acrylic, 10% polyester, 9% wool
- Baseball style knit shirt with mohair-like texture
- Four-button front with real shell cat-eye buttons
- Raw seams, cuffs, and hem
- Split side seams
MEASUREMENTS TAKEN FROM A SIZE M:
- chest, 23.5"
- shoulder, 18"
- sleeve length, 24.75"
- center back length, 26.5"