London presented some wonderful diversity for my All-American family in the years we lived abroad. In particular, the Indian population had a distinct influence on the otherwise very-English experience. Perhaps that is why I’ve always been drawn to Madras, the cotton fabric plaid named for the capital city in India that sits on the Bay of Bengal (now called Chennai). Maybe it was the proximity to the sea or the equatorial climate that made madras a classic summer style the world over, especially among the preppy set as far back as the 60s. Today, madras is considered a timeless look that is as smart looking as it is relaxed, fashionable for children and adults, boys and girls, stateside, and across the pond.