Prince of Wales check is a heritage fabric with a unique and fascinating history. Despite its name it actually originated in Scotland and is registered in the Scottish Register of Tartan as “Glenurquhart Estate Check”. The pattern first came to prominence when Countess Caroline of Seafield noticed it being worn by local men in clothing designed to withstand the harsh Scottish winters and adopted it as a uniform for her grounds staff in smart suits made of local wool. It remained a local fashion until a visit from the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) who liked the design and went on to wear it so much that it acquired its new name.
Our Prince of Wales cloth is made from 100% virgin wool by an historic Italian woolen mill. This family run business combines meticulous attention to detail in the fabrics they produce with an unparalleled quest to be at the forefront of ethical and sustainable practices in their field.