Over the last couple of days, we posted new Fort Belvedere Spring Summer Accessories to the Gentleman’s Gazette Shop, and today I would like to show you some pictures of our NEW ARRIVALS. No matter if you are looking for fresh colors in ties, bow ties or pocket squares, we got you covered. In the past, we always focused on providing you with exquisite items that you cannot find anywhere else, and that’s what we did again.
We offer bow ties in linen, wool, mohair-linen blends, printed foulard silk, woven jacquard silk, Real Ancient Madder silk, wool challis etc. Also, we added some new English silk pocket squares as well as textured linen and wool-linen blend squares to our collection. As always, we paid particular attention to the size of each square because each material is different and comes in different thicknesses and weaves, and so each pocket square should be differently sized so it looks great when it is folded in your chest pocket. Most manufacturers determine the size of their squares by the width of the fabric. So if it the silk fabric 100 cm wide, they cut 9 pocket squares with a size of 33 cm x 33cm per square out of one meter of fabric. At Fort Belvedere we know that these pocket squares are too small to be used because they always disappear in your pocket and so we make them bigger and only get 4 pocket squares in the right size our of every meter. So obviously our yield is less than 50%, and we use more silk in our squares but at the same time you receive a pocket square that looks great, and you don’t have to worry about how it looks all day.
This same level of attention to detail goes into all of our products, and unlike others we design them from scratch and actually test them before we sell them so we can make sure everything works reliably. As a consequence, we have a return rate of under 2% which is 85% under the industry average. If you like to learn more about why I started Fort Belvedere and what I want to achieve with the brand, take a look here.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the products. Of course, it would have been too much to actually to post pictures of every new item we stock, and hence this is just a small selection of items. If you would like to see more pictures, click here.
How a Few Accessories Can Change The Look Of An Outfit
Many men find it difficult to combine the right accessories with their shirts and suits, and they invest heavily in expensive garments of the same colors and at the end of the day, they only have 3 or 4 different looks. On the other hand, if you just have one of two suits but you change up the accessories, you have to invest less, you are able to create manifold looks that look very different from one another.
Silk Tie in Green Jacquard Micropattern – Fort Belvedere
Pocket Square in Light Blue Textured Linen – Fort Belvedere
The key to creating an outfit is to use accessories, that are not identical, but in harmony with each other while providing a bit of contrast. Also, your shirt and suit should not have a similar or same size pattern. To start, keep the same shirt and suit and set them aside. Now, just experiment with different accessories.
Jacquard Woven Navy & Red Silk Bow Tie by fort Belvedere
Below you can see a selection of items that have something in common – usually a base color like blue, green or red. In order to add unique character to an outfit you intentionally go for different textures and materials for neckwear and pocket square.
When it comes to bow ties, different shapes create a different knot and hence look. You always want to make sure not to tie too symmetrical because otherwise it looks like a cheap pretied bow tie. Elegant men have always tied their own bow tie, which provides them with a unique, nonchalant look.
Once you have settled on a piece of neckwear and pocket square, play around with different pocket square folds. Bear in mind it should always look like you just put in without having given it too much thought.
If you want to, you can now add a boutonniere. We recommend either a fresh one or if that’s not available, one made of silk that looks authentic, like the ones from Fort Belvedere but always avoid flowers in leather, or tie fabric because it simply looks phony.