With more than 205 years of history behind our knitwear, it is unsurprising that many of the stitches and patterns introduced by Pringle are now world famous.
The classic Argyle pattern is one such example. An instantly recognisable design thanks to its distinctive diamond motif, Argyle was originally derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell of Argyll in western Scotland. The tartan would have featured on kilts, plaids and pattern socks worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century.
During the early twentieth century Pringle introduced the intarsia design that became its signature ‘Argyle’ pattern. It was adopted by the Duke of Windsor and became immediately popular with the fashionable set of the 1920s. Its success led it to be much-copied and often-referenced, and today is considered an icon of British knitwear heritage.
The iconic patterns of our classic Argyle are still relevant and wearable today. We celebrate argyle’s amazing achievement by incorporating the styles, moments and people who have made it what it is today. Argyle knows no boundaries, It’s been worn by royals and rebels, by sophisticates and sports fans, by grandads and granddaughters, dressed up and dressed down, it stood the test of time and it runs through our DNA.
It’s not just the people who have worn the argyle over the years that we’re proud of – the story behind the argyle is pretty amazing too. We loved telling stories, and this one is too good not to share...