Chevron: Zig Zag For Home And Body

August 21, 2014

By Tab Byrum

I love pattern, so far on the blog we’ve talked about houndstooth and animal prints, today we’re going to discuss a pattern  with a military background, Chevron.  Recently I was out and about looking at fabrics and getting samples for clients when I walked around the corner in a fabric store and was greeted by a wall of Chevron fabric.  It was very striking with all the zig zag patterns in a multitude of colors and sizes.  I’ve recently had some requests to incorporate Chevron into some upcoming projects, so this got me to thinking about where the Chevron pattern came from and how much this geometric pattern is available in home decor and fashion.  Join me today as we take a look at all things Chevron.

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A Chevron is a V shaped pattern and was commonly used on military or police uniforms to indicate rank or length of service.

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Note the Chevron insignia on his upper left arm

 Today the Chevron is used in the logos of many companies such as the French car maker Citroën, the Chevron oil company which takes not only it’s symbol but it’s name from the pattern. 

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Images courtesy of Wikipedia

The oldest trunk maker in Paris, Goyard, uses the Chevron as the pattern of their products.  Just as Gucci is famous for the interlocking G’s, Goyard is famous for their stacked Chevrons with the famous fabric referred to as Goyardine.

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 The pattern remained unchanged for 110 years until 2002 when 12 new colors were introduced in addition to the traditional black.

Goyard images courtesy of jillstreet and Wikipedia

 

 

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4 above images courtesy One Kings Lane

 

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Chevron Capiz Wall Art
West Elm

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Chevron Jewelry from Anthropologie and Joss & Main

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Italian knit company Missoni is famous for their use of chevron in their patterns, courtesy collegelifestyles

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Of course this young man is modeling my favorite use of Chevron in fashion, Peanuts.wikia

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Images courtesy of One Kings Lane and Joss & Main

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