With just a few weeks to go before Christmas, the search for great gifts for others – or for yourself – is heating up. That’s when accessories come in to play. Today, I would like to review Exquisite Trimmings, which is run by the Shaya Green, who started his business in the US but is now based in the UK.
Due to the nature of Exquisite Trimmings, you will find new things regularly, as opposed to a traditional full collection that turns with the seasons. Happily, you can browse the store every once and a while, and view the latest additions until you find something you like.
The brands Shaya carries are well known in the iGent world, which is why I won’t elaborate on them in detail. To convince me of the quality, Shaya sent me a pocket square from Penrose, a pair of socks from Gallo and a tie from Drake’s.
The pocket square has a typical Penrose floral print, and is very thin and made out of 70% cotton & 30% silk. The edges are machine hemmed in Italy, which makes it more suitable as a flashy handkerchief rather than a decorative pocket square. But then again, even Drakes has started to sell machine hemmed pocket squares rather than hand rolled ones.
The pair of Gallo socks is very colorful and due to the irregular stripe, it is certainly only something for extravagant characters. With a composition of 74% cotton, 24% polyamide and 2% elastane, these socks are made for everyday use with more stretch than a pure cotton sock. At the same time, they are a bit thicker and less puristic, but if you like this kind of pattern, the selection of Exquisite Trimmings is second to none.
The Drake’s Tie I received measured 147 cm / 58 ” and was navy blue with small red woven polka dots. It has a rather thick interlining which ties into a nice four in hand knot, but anything bigger would probably be too much, unless you like large knots. The interesting aspect about it is the cut: micropatterns like this are traditionally cut so the dots are symmetrical, whereas here they were cut so the dotted rows point down in a 170º angle from the left top to the right bottom. You won’t find such details like these at every haberdasher or department stores, but Exquisite Trimmings may have a a limited stock of these special items.