To mark the return of the Ryder Cup to the “Home of Golf” in 2014, an official Ryder Cup Tartan has been launched to commemorate the match at Gleneagles.
Created by internationally-renowned tartan designers, Lochcarron of Scotland, the bold plaid features four shades of blue inspired by the landscape of Scotland.
The design also incorporates white – a nod of the cap to the Saltire – Scotland’s national flag of St Andrew – and blue and gold to reflect the colours of the European flag.
An exclusive preview of the first items can now be seen on www.rydercup.com
Early items will be available in a stylish collection of tailored apparel and accessories, including ties, bow ties, lightweight scarves and traditional kilts. Exclusive bespoke pieces will also be available to order upon request.
Established in 1947, Lochcarron of Scotland weaves fabrics for the world’s top designers including Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme Des Garcons and Burberry.
Dawn Robson-Bell, Design Director from Lochcarron of Scotland, said: “Whilst paying respect to the long history of tartan, we aimed to create a unique and contemporary design which will be synonymous with The 2014 Ryder Cup.
“Taking inspiration from the Scottish skyline we used three depths of soft blues to create a subtle backdrop for the more striking elements of white crossing the darker blue to reference the Saltire, with a vibrant gold and royal combination reflecting the colours of the European Union flag.”
The 2014 Ryder Cup European Team Captain, Paul McGinley had a major say in the process. He said: “I’m delighted with the final design of the official Ryder Cup tartan and very honoured that my input was sought in the overall procedure.
“While it was obviously important that the tartan was uniquely Scottish to reflect the host nation of The 2014 Ryder Cup, I also wanted it to illustrate the Continent of Europe that we will all be representing at Gleneagles next September and I think we have done that superbly with the subtle blending of the blue and gold of the European flag.”
The 2014 Ryder Cup takes place at The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland from September 26-28, 2014.