@JuliansTrueBlue #Argyle Day January 8


I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.

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Jan 8,2018 National Argyle Day

 Post by John Rancke

As explained by www.NationalDayCalendar.com:

Derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland, the pattern used for kilts and plaids and from the patterned socks (known as a tartan hose) worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century, is recognized and honored each year on January 8th on National Argyle Day.

tartan hose

Occasionally you may find argyle spelled argyll.

Most commonly referred to the overall pattern made of diamonds or lozenges, the word argyle sometimes indicates a single diamond in the design. Layers of overlapping motifs are found in most argyle layouts adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement and texture. Typically in the pattern, there is an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds. The design’s popularity was helped by its identification with the Duke of Windsor, Pringle of Scotland (a luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer). The Duke, like many others, used the argyle design pattern for golf clothing on both jerseys and long socks that were needed for the plus-fours trouser fashion of the day.

Argyle knitwear became fashionable in the USA after the first world war.

U.S. Open and PGA champion, Payne Stewart (1957-1999) was known and loved by his fans for his bright and flashy outfits of tams, knickerbockers and argyle socks.

payne stewart

But there is more to the story and history of Argyle. And it is set in a small city that was once a village and the crossing of 2 famous icons in their respective professions. Alexander Julian, famous the world over for his childhood friendship with one of Lumberton’s finest exports to Winston Salem, Jeff Neelon. Just kidding about the world over description. But they are great friends. But the 2nd icon was long time basketball coach at North Carolina, Dean Smith. And the small city that once was a village is Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Coach Dean Smith and Alexander Julian tied together through the end of time!!

SI to Alexander Julian

The basketball uniforms worn by the Tar Heels men’s team was always regarded as the best looking uniform in the collegiate game. That little Tar Heel foot on the sides of the pants was unique. It stood out for many many years. But there was a change on the horizon. For years, only the Men’s basketball team wore the argyle. Today, almost all 28 varsity sports at Carolina wear argyle on their warmups or uniforms.

http://www.wfmynews2.com/sports/ncaab/the-man-responsible-for-the-iconic-tar-heel-uniforms/426012950

You can catch Alexander Julian sometimes in his store on Franklin street. I was window shopping about a year ago and it was pouring rain. I was looking at the sport coats in the front windows of his store. I heard a voice behind me talking about whoever designed those coats had a crazy sense of color. I turned around, met Alexander Julian and for 2 hours we talked watching the pouring rain on the street, about his sense of color, Coach Smith, and the argyle story.

0208Julians097

 

 

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