Know Your Terms: Butcher Stripe

Because dropping the lingo is half the fun of dressing well.

The original: Rushbrooke's Butcher Stripe Apron

In 1837 the classic textile house Rushbrooke’s started making aprons for the butchers in the bowels of the notorious Smithfield meat market in London (as famous for hosting the hacking up of heretics as it was for its loins). Roughly a century and a half later the alternating bars of white and some solid color became a favorite for the power suiting set in both the City of London where it was created and on Wall Street, where it was flaunted. Perhaps in imitation of the grills that would cook up their wares, the butcher stripe is beefier and bolder than the more mild Bengal stripe (named after a highly prized pattern in wide use throughout the markets of Bangladesh, home of some famous tigers). But you don’t have to be Gordon Gekko—or even know how to use a knife—to put this candy cane color combo in your collection.

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