A pocket square is one of the simplest ways to an elegant touch to your outfit. The mother of all pochettes is the classic white linen pocket square. With its crisp versatility it pairs with sportscoats, business suits and tuxedos alike.
Whatever the occasion, a job interview, a wedding or a garden party: if you had to choose only one pocket square, it would be the solid white one made of pure linen with handrolled edges.
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 linen which is usually somewhat stiff, this Italian linen is so soft you could use it as a handkerchief, yet, it holds its pocket square fold perfectly. It is woven in Italy using old looms and the finish is superb.
Like so many things, linen comes in different thicknesses & qualities. This linen is quite perfect for year-round use and folds perfectly into crown fold, TV folds or puff folds. Especially the latter can be tricky with stiff linen pocket squares.
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 blue 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 35cm x 35 cm - 13.75" x" 13.75" was the perfect size for this specific linen pocket square.
All Fort Belvedere pocket squares are hand-rolled, and this one is no exception. The stitch density is high but the stitches are subtle yet you can see it is not machine hemmed. Of course, it takes much more time and skill to handroll the edges of a pocket square but we believe it makes a difference and hence we commit to that on all of our squares.
Apart from this white Italian linen pocket square we also offer white Irish linen pocket squares. The Irish ones are a bit bigger, the linen is stiffer and you can find embroidered initials and and Fort Belvedere Logo embroidered tone-in-tone in white on those other squares.
The Italian one is smaller, softer and puristic. No logos, no initials and you can also remove the Fort Belvedere tag very easily.
So of you generally think pocket sqaures are too big in your pocket, get this one.
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.
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.