Public asked to choose official Purdue tartan

July 6, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue students, alumni, faculty and staff and friends can vote starting July 9 on an official university tartan pattern.

Three tartan plaids designed by students in Consumer Sciences and Retailing have been chosen as finalists. The winning design will be determined by public voting at

The website will include the three designs. Voting will be open until Aug. 9.

David Wilson, Purdue trademark licensing director, said he hopes the winning tartan will debut during the 2012-2013 academic year through products such as shawls, stadium blankets, ties, vests, scarves and hats.

The three finalists were chosen for originality and aesthetic, and representation and interpretation of Purdue's history and colors. They were designed by students Rachel Box of Carmel, Ind., Elena Winchester of Winnetka, Ill., and Krizia Phillips of Troy, Mich.

The winning tartan will be verified and reviewed for originality by the Tartan Registry in Edinburgh, Scotland, a division of the Scottish government, and then registered as the official tartan of Purdue.

Funds raised through sales of Purdue tartan products will be used for Consumer Sciences and Retailing student scholarships. Collegiate Tartan Apparel will produce the products.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,

Sources: Sally Harmon, Consumer Sciences and Retailing, 765-494-8306,

               David Wilson, 765-494-1077,

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