Focus On: The Timeless Prince of Wales Check

One pattern which has successfully stood the test of time and remains popular to this day is the Prince Of Wales check. It's a certified classic, used widely in tailoring and also has a rich historical background. Let's delve a little deeper into this iconic, quintessentially British check. 


Also known as Glen Plaid or Glenurquhart check, the Prince of Wales Check is a woven twill design made up of combination of small and large checks within repeated squares. You'll often see it in monochromatic colours however the 21st century has allowed it to explore a whole spectrum of colours.  


The Prince of Wales check dates way back to the 19th century, and like most other checks, it originated in Scotland. It was initially called the Glen check and designed to be the signature tweed for the Scotland estate, Seafield, however royalty took a shine to it. The Prince of Wales of the time, Edward VII, adopted it as his go-to style, making some tweaks here and there to suit his personal taste. It ran in the family as his grandson, Edward VIII, was influenced by this particular check and he too made further customisations to allow it to become the timeless style of today.


We love to put an MD spin on timeless classics and the Prince of Wales check is the perfect starting point to some 21st century dapper threads. With a little play on colour and scale we have created our own 19th century inspired pieces to keep you looking royally smart yet perfectly modernised. 
Pictured (left to right): Luca suit, Ross suit, Jenson/Sky suit, Jenson/Marine suit
If you decide to incorporate the Prince of Wales check into your wardrobe you'll be safe in the knowledge that you'll be looking sartorially elegant in a timeless classic which will never go out of style.