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MARIYA'S DIARY: THE POCKET SQUARE, MEN’S CHICEST ACCESSORY


Since the turn of the millennium, pocket squares have been popular with celebrities and fashionistas alike. Perfect for expressing personality, the pocket square instantly gives any outfit a touch of elegance and style.

HISTORY OF THE POCKET SQUARE

It is known that handkerchiefs were carried in Ancient Greece as early as 500 B.C. English and French noblemen carried perfumed, embroidered handkerchiefs to cover their noses from unpleasant odours. Documents written by Richard II's courtiers (1377- 1399) describe his customary use of these square pieces of cloth. Initially adopted only by the upper class, by the 17th century the handkerchief had been accepted by all classes throughout Western Europe.

Originally handkerchiefs were placed in the trouser pocket, but as two piece suits came into fashion in the 19th century, many men started to place their clean pocket square into the breast pocket of their jacket, putting a handkerchief meant for practical purposes in their trousers.

As time passed, linen pocket squares or handkerchiefs were increasingly made from more exotic materials including silk and lace. They were embroidered to create beautiful patters which demonstrated wealth and status.

However, pocket squares as a fashion accessory for formal as well as casual wear have only been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Particularly popular in the 1920s, men would wear a pocket square in the breast pocket of their suit jacket, along with the era´s typical waistcoat and with a bowler, fedora or top hat.

As the two-piece suit became a mainstay of 20th century men's fashion, the pocket square continued to be favoured. Different folding techniques were introduced. The pocket square had now been established as a key fashion accessory for the gentleman who took pride in his appearance. Squares of silk, cotton or linen, either patterned or plain, became very popular with well-dressed gentlemen across Europe and the United States, popularized by movie stars such as James Cagney and Fred Astaire.

ASPINAL OF LONDON’ HANDKERCHIEF COLLECTION

Aspinal of London is known as a luxury brand as much for men as it is for women. Therefore our accessory collections include high- quality men handkerchiefs traditionally hand crafted in Italy. Made from the finest Italian pure silk twill in attractive and elegant colours combinations, they are the perfect as a finishing touch to men's formal silhouette or as a stylish accessory to complement women's wardrobe.

ARTWORK OF THE PEGASUS HANDKERCHIEF

The Pegasus capsule collection of bags, scarves and handkerchiefs is a result of our collaboration with talented textile designer and award-winning graphic artist Emma Shipley. In her works, she often uses designs with pearls and the future as common themes.

Taking inspiration from Aspinal's iconic feather symbol, Shipley has created a magical Pegasus figure, ethereal and resplendent in pearl white. Hand-drawn pearly constellations, planets, galaxies and shooting stars surround this mythological creature which is digitally printed onto key bag silhouettes and beautiful silk, twill and cashmere blend scarves.

DAVID GANDY STYLED WITH AN ASPINAL’ HANDKERCHIEF

David Gandy is one of the most well-known male models who has repeatedly been included on British GQ's list of "Best Dressed Men". He is proof that the pocket square is the latest way to add that extra touch of personal style and taste.

David Gandy is one of the most well-known male models who has repeatedly been included on British GQ's list of "Best Dressed Men". He is proof that the pocket square is the latest way to add that extra touch of personal style and taste.

Styling David with one of Aspinal of London's luxury handkerchiefs


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