Stripe Spotting (at the cottage)!
So, you may or may not have noticed these lovely stripes throughout my photos over the years. For those living in Canada, you’re probably very familiar with them, but for those around the world, these are the Hudson Bay Stripes.
The stripes origin goes back to the 1700s (the striped blankets were typically traded to First Nations and Native Americans in exchange for beaver pelts) and today have become the epitome of the great outdoors in Canada. From kayaks (for the low price of $7,000) to scarfs to bedding to couches to coffee mugs the Hudson’s Bay has done a remarkable job branding these stripes (not to mention their social media campaign of #stripespotting), and making them a staple in the high end fashion world, as well as making regular folks, like myself, wear them with pride. (psst. I used to love seeing these stripes on people when I was traveling!).
I was going through the cottage photos this evening, when I realized how many striped items over the years I’ve collected from Christmas gifts, birthday gifts (the umbrella), spontaneous purchases (like that scarf!), or bought and gifted them for gifts just-because (Lily’s outfit), and thought I’d share the history behind them for my non-Canadian friends (who are the majority of you! As fun fact: 85% of you guys live in the U.S. of A!)
Also, here’s a beautiful collection of photos of the stripes making an appearance on another blog, or the Hudson Bay’s official striped blog, or fellow Tumblr bloggers posting their photos of the stripes.