Few things in a men's wardrobe take less time to wear and have a bigger impact than a pocket square.With a simple fold, you can add a debonair detail to your appearance in a few seconds. Once you have mastered the plain white linen pocket square, the next step is to add some color.
In recent years, contrasting, shoestring edge pocket squares have been somewhat popular. At Fort Belvedere, we value quality & craftsmanship as well as one-of-a-kind items, and therefore we created a pocket square that went a step above. It features a contrast edge with handstitched X-patterns. It requires a lot of skill to hand-roll a pocket square that way, and it takes more than twice as long as regular hand rolling, but the result is stunning. On top of that, we opted for a special weave of handcrafted linen, that is woven a lot looser, with mottled yarn but at the same time stiffer.
Whether you wear it as a crown fold or a TV fold, you can see the fine handmade X edges. Of course, if you need plain white, a puff fold works too, giving you two pocket squares in one.
Consider matching a tone of your tie, bow tie or socks with one of the contrast colors or wear it with a white shirt
Linen has been used for thousands of years and is derived from the fibers of the flax plant that is spun into yarn. Unlike our regular Italian linen which is softer, this handcrafted linen is very special and hard to come by. It is handwoven in Italy using old looms and because of it the weave can be a lot looser and the final product is stiffer, thus staying neatly in your pocket all day without being to big.
Like so many things, linen comes in different thicknesses & qualities. This handcrafted linen is quite unusual and perfect for summer, even though you can wear it in the fall with flannel business suits as well. It adds a coarser texture to your outfit, similar to a grenadine tie or cri de la soie knit tie quality. Handcrafted linen stylish and crisp without adding bulk in your chest.
Most pocket squares are sized to get the largest number of pocket squares per yard of fabric. Unfortunately, this doesn't result in pocket squares with the right size, especially because every fabric has a different weight and weave.
Most burgundy red linen squares are 43 cm x 43cm - 17" x 17" in size, and while they may work as handkerchiefs in the back pocket of your trousers, they are too big for the chest pocket and make pockets looked stuffed. Similarly, soft linen pocket square in 33 cm x 33 cm - 13" x 13" is too small, because it disappears into the pocket over the course of a day. Handcrafted linen is a bit stiffer and hence we tested several sizes in our chest pockets
After extensive testing, we concluded that 32cm x 32 cm - 12.6" x" 12.6" was the perfect size for our Italian handcrafted linen pocket squares.
All Fort Belvedere pocket squares are hand-rolled, but this pocket square is unique because it was meticulously hand-rolled with fine white x-stitching. All of this fine work is done in Italy, and because we use a white contrast thread, every imperfection or asymmetry becomes imminently visible. On top of that, the pocket square must be stitched twice as often, and as a result, it takes more than twice as long because each stitch has to be done very carefully and accurately from both sides.
This pocket square is a true masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship that will elevate any outfit. Even though it was designed for summery outfits it can also be worn during the fall-winter season as it adds more texture to your outfit.
Whether it is your blazer, seersucker suit, business suit or linen sport coat outfit, it always adds a nonchalant elegance to your ensemble.
Similar to the delicate pick stitching on a handmade suit, this pocket square truly highlights your commitment to quality and craftsmanship, and at the same time, it elevates your outfit to a new level because nobody else will have such a beautifully made pocket square.
By nature, linen is very prone to wrinkles. Once you are done wearing it, remove it from your pocket and fold it. If your pochette is too wrinkled, iron it hot with steam or a bit of water from the underside, and it should look like new again, taking care not to flatten the edges.
Fine men's clothing and accessories are our passion. If you have any questions or need assistance with our pocket squares or other items, please contact us! We are always happy to help you build your wardrobe or choose a unique gift.