Heritage Traditions Blog

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November 16, 2020

Belts and Braces: The Origin Story

Originally considered to be undergarments, braces can be traced back to eighteenth century France. Since then, they've been on quite a journey involving authors, world wars, and famous film actors. This ever-evolving accessory has a fascinating history.

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From Paisley to Paisley
November 06, 2020

From Paisley to Paisley

The world-renowned Paisley pattern is very close to our hearts. Situated less than a mile from our office, Paisley textile mills became well known for being the foremost producers of the distinctive Kashmir pattern that everybody recognises.

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The History of Tartan
November 02, 2020

The History of Tartan

Tartan has had an illustrious history since first being brought to Scotland in the 3rd Century AD by the Celtic populations of Central Europe. Its many accolades include: featuring in the first permanent colour photograph, heading to the moon, and growing to include about 14,000 patterns.

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Newsboy Caps vs Flat Caps
October 30, 2020

Newsboy Caps vs Flat Caps

Today, many people use the term ‘flat cap’ as a blanket description of all these types of caps, but there’s actually several distinct styles:  flat caps, newsboy caps, duckbill caps, and baker boy caps all have distinct traits that make them unique from each other.

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