Wednesday, April 30, 2008


FABIO is SO on a roll today!!! His second post in under 10 minutes: "Purple from Urban Outfitters." Looks like the 6th Ave x 14th street location to me... Sissy Pants, did you drag that poor man in there, and, pray tell, what did you buy? 4/30/08 5:45pm


From FABIO: "Old man red at 8th and 14th." 4/30/08 5:38pm


This just in from CALL PAUL: "Printed B&W Hunter's Hoodie. Jay Street, Bklyn while waiting for the F."


Heading east on 14th Street, just west of 3rd Ave. 4/30/08 7:54am


Union Square. Lingering outside of Whole Foods. 4/29/08 6:37pm

Monday, April 28, 2008

PURPLE is fighting PLAID.

A fight along the 14th parallel. This particular purple plaid is a printed plaid... not woven into the cloth. Stussy makes this scribbly version of the Buffalo Check, which from the distance this picture was taken, looks convincingly authentic.[See Below] I believe this same sweatshirt is available in pink as well as electric blue, and white. 4/27/08

Stussy ’Leader’ Hoodie
80% Cotton 20% Poly oldschool fleece with allover bffalo Print.
Regularly: £100.00
On Sale: £55.00
[As seen at: ]


This capture was sent on Sunday Evening by FABIO (and I'm guessing SISSY PANTS was with him.) Captured at the Trader Joe's on 14th Street; I can't think of a more insane place on this earth than the Trader Joe's on 14th Street on a Sunday evening. Two words: HEART ATTACK, or better yet: MASSIVE CORONARY. The stress of that situation is more than our fragile nervous systems can bare. We tip our plaid caps you guys for braving the wilds and bringing us home a plaid with your groceries. Thanks you two!


This just in from LOVELY NAILS: (Here at PVP, though we'd like to take ALL the credit for this decision, we can only speculate that perhaps we had a hand in inspiring the purchase of such a sharp pair of sneaks. (the other hand inevitably belonging to a very stylish Swiss lad named Henri. In either case, Lovely Nails DOES have impeccable taste.

LOVELY NAILS has new kicks
Nike Blazers
acquired 4/26/08
5:30 pm
at Dave's Quality Meat on East 3rd
Shoe shopping with friend Henri of Switzerland

Sunday, April 27, 2008

GREEN and WHITE by Moonlight (well, that's a street lamp actually)

Not often do we include or solicit posed photos, but in this case, upon noticing a plaid collar peeking out from alias, RIP VAN WINKLE's hoodie, I could not resist, of course his identity has been masked by the addition of a pair of official PVP SUNGLASSES. Outside the Mercury Lounge after another stunning performance by Heloise & the Savoir Faire. 4/27/08 A little after 1am.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

That GREEN and BLACK looks awfully familliar...

CAPTION: Bedford stop 1pm sat.
Sent in by SISSY PANTS, who obviously was in the obvious company of FABIO when he took a picture of the very same girl, but from another angle. See two posts previous for FABIO's capture.


CAPTION: Did you get the rocker plaid?
Sent in by FABIO, I'm guessing this capture happened moments after the green and black capture, based on the context o the photographs we can trace his path from platform to train. The above subject looks to be of the common mid 90's rocker variety. A nice specimen indeed.

GREEN and BLACK:First Attack

CAPTION: more Bedford plaid.
Sent in by FABIO, 4/26/08. Please see two posts previous for additional information...

Friday, April 25, 2008


*PLease Note:
With Pic Nic season rapidly approaching, there has some debate recently whether or not the standard red and white pic-nic blanket pattern is considered a plaid. Well, since we are in South Beach, FL for a few days, and since red and white pic-nic print is just about the only plaid down in these parts, we have decided that by Florida standards, Pic Nic Check is a plaid. Two spottings this moring alone in the lobby of my hotel. Here is the first: Lobby of the Sagamore Hotel, "The Art Hotel" 1671 Collins, South Beach. 4/25/08

RED, WHITE, GREEN et petite Bonne Maman.

Brunch with Cricket at the Sagamore. 4/25/08

Thursday, April 24, 2008

BLACK and WHITE, The van's gonna pick me up, right?

Tribeca white plaid sent in by FABIO while I am out of town. 4/24/08


Julian schnabel being interviewed on TimesTalks on the seatback in front of me. Flight 803 service to Ft Lauderdale. 8:06am


Red and Black and too cool. 5th Ave, Park Slope, where else? 4/24/08 Sent in by WOODGRAIN while I am out of town.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Irving place x 14th St. 6:08pm 4/23/08

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B61 Bus @ Bedford x N7th. 4/23/08


Farmers market, Union Square. Around 9:15 on Wednesday morning. 4/23/08

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Ok, so to risk devoting way too much attention to something that really isn't that funny, this last incarnation of the horrible batwing sweatshirt was sent in by CALL PAUL, who has uncovered the truth behind our Olsen twin sighting on Saturday. To read the full story, cut and paste the link below:

Caption included with CALL PAUL's submission:
"I wonder why there are fireworks? Maybe they just won a battle. It is weird that Batman has no shirt on and the Batwing has no pants on! That is why they are a team, I guess."

STRAIT TALK from LOVELY NAILS: The mystery is solved.

In reference to the mysterious midnight posting from LOVELY NAILS, she has provided us with the keys to the kingdom:

"The notorious batwing sweatshirt is back. We're proud to re-introduce the perfect workout sweatshirt for gym rats and muscle freaks. Face it, the way you're built, regular sweatshirts never fit right. But our batwing will. No more buying oversized sweatshirts that fit your shoulders and chest but balloon at your waist. The batwing cut gives you plenty of room for your musclebound torso and tapers at the waist so you're not swimming in excess fabric. Available in 8 bold prints."

To purchase this garment or contact the model, please visit:


After a long drawn out search committee, and months of interviews, PVP is proud to announce that we have filled the position of PVP, NCRIP. (North Country Roving Intern Photographer) We are pleased to welcome PVP ALIAS: TEA BAG to the PVP Staff in the formentioned position. He will be providing us with regional photos of Vermont/New Hampshire/Connecticut River Valley Buffalo Plaid. This is primarily a field position, though he will be reporting back to Headquarters from time to time. If you see him in the Hall, please give a warm PVP welcome!


The above post is a snapshot of a picture on a computer screen taken off the blog of Emilie Wood ( of a photo she took at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan, Alaska, May 22, 2007.

For more information regarding the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, please visit their website at:

Hear at PVP Headquarters, we are testing out a new system of mobile uploading and chose this image as our OTI (Official Test Image. After significant technical difficulty, due to poor directions, this pix message was finally sent directly to the blog using the Picture and Video Messaging service from Verizon Wireless, which leaves a lot to be desired in terms of being user friendly. (Dear Steve Jobs, I will go to sleep tonight and dream of the iphone.)

IS there RIGHT way?

Awoke this morning to find this little gem in our inbox. Sent during the night by LOVELY NAILS (We have not heard back from her yet, as to the root of it's origin.) But it was tagged with this caption: "Finally a sweatshirt that fits the RIGHT way." It's early yet, and we are all still on our first cup of coffee, scratching our heads, trying to decipher the meaning behind LOVELY NAILS's cryptic message. Unable to make any sound conclusion, we decided to pour ourselves a second cup and turn the image over to the specialists in the PVP, IIRL (Image Information Research Lab) There was some speculation amongst PVP morning shifters, that perhaps the subject pictured is a distant relative of Paul Bunyan? More information forthcoming, as soon as we hear back frorm LOVELY NAILS, who may be sleeping in... Stay Tuned...

Monday, April 21, 2008


Well folks, it's time again for everyone's favorite segment, PVP MAILBAG!!!!! Let's round out the work day by answering some of our fan mail, shall we? Today's letter comes from a long lost, but recently found, dear old friend, PVP ALIAS: TEA BAG, who worked with us back in 2001 when we were operating out of the back of a walk in refrigerator in a sweet little grocery store in Portland, Maine which no longer exists. [RIP, PGG]

TEA BAG caught us in a lie of sorts by asking for the text book difference between Gingham and Plaid. This is a question that frequently finds its way into our mailbag, and we try our best to scoot around it most of the time, except when we have no choice, so in response to TEA BAG"s inquiry we responded:

"Good question, the difference between plaid and gingham is the size of the check and the weight of the fabric, though it's not all together certain whether or not these are the official defining factors. At first, it was thought by some of us that was plaid was made up of one color and black and gingham was one color with white, but our PVP FVC (Fashion Vocabulary Consultant) who is a well respected authority in the fashion world has told us that it has nothing to do with color...."

Here is TEA BAG"S retort:

"I'd just like to point out that there is one picture of you [in the blog] in which you are definitely wearing gingham plaid."

Well TEA BAG, you snarky devil....WE STAND CORRECTED. And I hope you will accept this pair of hand painted Chuck Taylors as a small token of our appreciation in regards to your acute attention to detail in keeping us honest. Just send us a pair of shoes and we'll paint em. (Sorry, we can't provide the footwear, we're on a shoe-string budget, no pun intended. Ha ha ha.)

PVP Salutes Plaid Figure Head: PAUL BUNYAN

31 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan (Though legend has it the actual man was 63 axe handles high, with his feet on the ground, head in the sky) in Bangor, Maine, one of at least a dozen towns claiming his alleged birthplace.

There is some debate in regarding the authenticity Mr Bunyan's tall tale. Skeptics claim that his story was the invention of the Red River Lumber Company, back in 1914, as a marketing stunt and corporate logo, where as some folks argue that the myth first emerged in 1906 as a compilation of genuine lumberjack legend.

Here at PVP, we have our own version of the story. According to a trusted and reliable source who's great grandfather knew the real Paul Bunyan from summers at Camp Cobbossee, on beautiful Lake Cobbosseecontee, in Winthrop, Maine, "Pauly B" was remembered to be, "A pretty big guy who liked pancakes."

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A DAY IN THE LIFE... 4/20/08

Dear Readers,
As I'm sure you've all noticed, and despite our winter forcasting, the Spring '08 Season is proving to be very fruitful one indeed for plaid sightings. Due to record numbers of submissions, and after many heated board meetings, all of us at PVP Headquarters have agreed to try out a new format for compiling our daily postings... Instead of choosing one or two of the "best" images to post per day, (as is our usual habit.) And in order to more accurately represent the frequency of sightings, we are trying out a new grid layout. Unfortunately, this compromises the size of the image for the quantity of images blogged, a concept on which we are not competely sold, though we believe change is good, and at the very least, a learning experience, and can always be changed back. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.
Please email us at: with all of your thoughts on this and all matters plaid.
Sincerely, PVP, WPC (Web Presence Correspondent)

Saturday, April 19, 2008


BIG JER sends in this picture of his slippers with the caption, "Springtime in Vermont." This is the second time these slippers have been featured on our blogspot. (Please see the December 25th entrie for the previous one.) 4/19/08


Captured in the wee hours of 4/19/08, outside the Beatrice Inn on W12th Street after leaving Troy's after party, at which CALL PAUL spotted an incognito Olsen Twin, A or MK not specified, and we only broke only one wine glass, nearly empty, in a dancing frenzy prompted by Steve Miller Band's The Joker, to which a clean up crew responded promptly and only interrupted the dancing for a second. Fun was had by All.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Purple and pink....Love them...SO CUTE. 4/17/08. W Houston x Bway. (Walked behind them all the way from Sullivan Street....Adorable... About 6 o'clock pm on such a beautiful Thursday evening in NYC. Times like this make me wonder why anyone would ever wan to live anywhere else...


Uva Wines.Bedford Ave x N 6th. 4/16/08 8:05 pm.


Union Square at the tail end of Wednesday's farmer's market when the skaters take over. 4/16/08 7:55pm

RED and BLACK: Kickin' back....

Over the past few months we have been flooded with questions about what constitutes a PVP capture. Well, dear readers, today is you lucky day. We have decided to open up the floor to questions.... The first inquiry comes from a frequent contributer, code name: FABIO in from Brooklyn, NY. FABIO writes " Does it count if they ask me to take their picture?"
Well, FABIO, the answer to you question is: Yes. Infact, this is the first time we have had a subject volunteer, unknowingly to be a part of PVP. Bravo. We applaud your two faced voyeurism tactics. P.S. They must be in a band... Right? I'm guessing, from Brooklyn....No?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

RED and BLACK, you need a nicotine patch.

"Red black while smoking. 5th Ave, Park Slope." This pic and caption were sent in by my studiomate: WOODGRAIN, who I haven't seen in a very long time. Thanks, girl!

BLACK and RED, nearly dead.

1st Ave Brooklyn Bound L Track. My phone had been beeping low battery noises all the way up 1st Ave, I saw the plaid sitting there as I descended the stairs in to the subway... dying beeps began sounding more rapidly, signaling the end. Ignoring them I initialized my camera, aimed and the screen went black and the L train pulled in to the station. This is what I got: 4/15/08 11:57pm

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Bushwick x Grand. uploaded by FABIO. 4/15/08


Videology plaid. Bedford Ave. Sent in by FABIO. Tax Day. 4/15/08 5:52 pm

Monday, April 14, 2008


Church Street, Burlington, Vermont. 4/14/08 Sent in by BIG JER (who also managed to capture his finger in the frame)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

BLACK and WHITE: Plaid at night.

Sent in by CALL PAUL via hand held mobile device she writes, "@ tortilla factory in bushwick. b-day party! c.p." 4/13/08

Saturday, April 12, 2008

TWO in BLUE and WHITE and ONE in the red.

Twinsies @ 10:00 meeting for taxes! 4/12/08 (T-minus four days including today....gulp.

BLACK and WHITE and my eternal crush on LELAND HOWE.

Black and white plaid second from viewer's right, Leland Howe, fifth from left, front row. Died in an avalanche in 1983, I think. I spent the four summers ('97-'00) I was on crew gazing starry-eyed at this photo on the wall of Hutton. I never noticed the plaid guy until just now. Appalachian Mountain Club Trail Crew photo, 1981.


B61 Bus along Manhattan Ave Just after 9:00am 4/12/08

Friday, April 11, 2008

BLAZE ORANGE BUFFALO PLAID: The conversation continues......

Hey Abby,
I am definitely interested in the hand-painted plaid!! My plan is to send you a couple yards of blaze orange fleece, which after you paint, a lady I know will make into a jacket for him. Does that work out ok for you?
I also had a couple questions about the hand-painted plaid. Is the effect just like a regular buffalo plaid print? And is it machine washable?
I am so excited about finally getting my dad a blaze orange and black check coat!! Thank you so much!!

To Which I responded:

Hi Anne. I usually paint it on with fabric ink, so far I've only painted on smooth fabrics, so fleece might be a bit tricky, but I'm with some experimentation, I'm sure I can find something that will work. Yeah, it should be machine washable, though washing by hand might be better, anyway, I have attached a swatch of the handpainted plaid pattern, the check are about 1.5-2 inches square.

RED and BLACK and PURPLE umbrella

Lorimer Queens bound G stop. 4/12/08 12:24am


Green bodega plaid. grand n bushwick. Sent in By FABIO via hand held mobile device. 4.11.08 7ish


17th St x Union Square West. 4/11/08 Just before 11:00 am