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Tartans, Tweeds & Checks

Tartans and tweeds have long been embraced as a way to showcase wealth and status. Usually derived from the land itself; even the brightest colours were designed to blend in with the heather, timber and rocky terrain. Tartan was worn by Scottish clans as early as the 16th century and became fashionable at court during the reign of King James IV. Considering how high society embraced tartan, is it any wonder counterculture later took it over? A staple in punk attire since the 1970s, it is still worn as a symbol of rebellion and nonconformity.