Growing up in Western Maine, I feel safe in saying I know a thing or two about plaid. And while most people on my college campus associate plaid with an influx of so called “hipsters” who like to pair the print with skinny jeans and a cigarette, my connection is deeply rooted in the place I grew up.
My mother’s father was a woodsman who wore a sturdy plaid wool jacket into the woods every morning to keep him warm. It wasn’t a fashion statement or even a choice. It was just what you wore.
My father’s father was a Maine man through and through. He was a carpenter, a mason, and a Maine Guide. Nothing kept him warmer while he chased dogs through the woods than his trusty, red buffalo plaid wool jacket and hat. Every one of my siblings and cousins has worn something similar, whether it was to keep warm in the winter or for playing dress up with our grandfather’s gear.
In other parts of the country, Plaid might be a fashion trend to be utilized and forgotten, but in the Western Mountains of Maine, plaid is a way of life. Hunters, farmers, woodsman, and stalwart mothers bringing their children to school in below-zero weather wear plaid regardless of whether it is “in” or “out.” Plaid wool, like the people from this region who don the material, is practical, sensible, and timeless.
Ancora Bags acknowledges and celebrates this heritage by incorporating remnants of those well-loved coats and shirts in the Pattern bags. Whether in the lining or on a pocket, the plaid on an Ancora Bag provides the same sense of timelessness and sensibility. These unique bags each contain a small piece of Western Maine history.
- Grace Hooke, Sales and Marketing