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Straight lines don't exist in nature. Trees, blood vessels, and lightning bolts all branch out in similar random-looking 'Lichtenberg' patterns, rivers travel in a meandering fashion, and even the horizon line is curved. The straight line represents man's struggle to subdue the earth and shape it to suit his own needs, and the pinstripe -- the fashion world's business uniform of choice -- mirrors an urban environment of angular streets and skyscrapers. Paisley, with its organic curves and swirls, is the anti-stripe, and it was the pattern of choice for a generation rebelling against its gray-flannel-suited fathers. Introduced to Europe from Persia by East India Company merchants in the 1700s, paisley has become a classic pattern, at home alongside solids, stripes, plaids, checks, and dots.
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