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The Hand Painted Paisley Print

5 min

In the ever-evolving tapestry of men's fashion, certain patterns and motifs stand the test of time while reinventing themselves with each passing era. One such emblematic design is the paisley pattern, a teardrop-shaped motif with a rich and varied history that has left an indelible mark on the world of style.

Originating in Persia during the Sassanid Dynasty (224–651 AD), the paisley pattern, known as "boteh jegheh," began its journey as a symbol of life and eternity. The design's distinctive form, resembling a curved teardrop or almond, gained popularity and spread across the Middle East and South Asia.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the paisley pattern captured the imagination of European high society, sparking a craze for paisley that endured for decades. During the Victorian era, paisley became synonymous with opulence and sophistication, adorning the shawls, waistcoats, and cravats of the fashionable elite.

As the 20th century dawned, paisley underwent a transformation, adapting to the changing landscape of men's fashion. The psychedelic era of the 1960s and 1970s embraced paisley as a symbol of counterculture and rebellion. The teardrop motif became larger, bolder, and more vibrant, adorning everything from shirts to ties and even trousers. The paisley pattern, once a symbol of traditional elegance, was now a psychedelic emblem of the unconventional.

In recent years, the paisley pattern has experienced a resurgence, finding its way back into the wardrobes of stylish men around the globe. Designers and fashion houses have revisited this classic motif, incorporating it into modern silhouettes and contemporary menswear. The paisley tie has become a staple accessory for the discerning gentleman, adding a touch of flair and individuality to formal and casual ensembles alike.

The enduring appeal of paisley lies in its versatility. Whether adorning a silk pocket square or gracing the collar of a dress shirt, paisley effortlessly straddles the line between timeless tradition and contemporary cool. Its ability to evoke both the refinement of bygone eras and the boldness of modern style speaks to its enduring charm.

At Eton we continue to reinterpret this timeless pattern. And almost every season the paisley is reimagined by our design studio connecting the threads of history with the fabric of modern style. This season’s paisley is an artistic hand-painted version of a classic pattern – a symbol of sartorial sophistication as well as a daring hint to bold rebellion.