What is a pocket square?

Pocket squares have been a fashion accessory since the 1920's. They initially were made from linen or cotton handkerchiefs and were used specifically for personal hygiene.

The handkerchief went from being kept in trouser pockets, and as it became more fashionable in the 19th century it was moved to a visible outer breast pocket in men's suits. Nowadays these linen/cotton handkerchiefs or square pockets, as they are commonly referred to today, are made of silk and come in a variety of patterns, colors and textures. With the invention of the many specific folding techniques they are now especially popular as a men's fashion accessory for their outer suit, sport coat or tuxedo pockets.

Pocket squares are here to stay, and when worn properly they state a lot about the person wearing them ~ a man with a look of sophistication, distinction and a sense for fashion and modern style.

 

Did you know that the Sport Coat...

The coat that later became known as a sport coat was first worn by British hunters. These jackets were made of heavy and rugged cloth, primarily to protect the wearer from briars and tears during  hunting through the brush and forest. It was not until the early 1920's that American men started to wear theses sport jackets, however, they were mainly worn at colleges, secondary schools and preparatory institutions.
 

Although most men think that a blazer and a sport coat are much the same thing, reality is that they are somewhat different. A blazer is a solid colored jacket that is usually blue, black, camel or dark green and considered by most to be more of a formal jacket, while a sport coat consists of just about everything else. So, the very next time you put on your sport coat, keep in mind that it was made for the hunt.
 

Did you know that the Suit...

The traditional suit has been in existence for over 200 years. What we call a modern suit of today was originally a 19th century English innovation. Although modern suits appeared in the 19th century, their origin can be traced back to the British royalty of the early 1600s. It was King Charles II, in 1660, who decreed that men of that era were to wear long coats or jackets/waist coats. It was only a few hundred years later, around 1800, when styles changed enough to a perfectly tailored men's suit.
 
By the time the 19th Century arrived, tailored suits had become a social aristocratic culture and increased in popularity to a point that even the humblest of men owned at least one suit. Now heading into the 20th century suits have once again become popular and are the appropriate attire for business professionals everywhere. So, the next time you put on a suit, remember that you're playing a very significant role in the history of formal wear.

Did you know that the Tuxedo...

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Tuxedo? What makes this Black and White ensemble so special? It's commonly referred to as a "Tux" or has even been referenced as the "Penguin Suit". It's the expected attire for many a formal event, such as a wedding, proms or galas. Its creator was a man by the name of Pierre Lorillard IV ~ a very wealthy Tobacco philanthropist back in the 19th Century.
 
Pierre and his family resided in New York City, in a residential colony called Tuxedo Park ( and no, we're still not at where the name came from yet, so please continue to read on). Tuxedo Park was established as an elite hunting and fishing destination for many of the rich and famous. The park residence even organized a social club called the Tuxedo Club.

At the Club's first annual ball, being held in autumn of 1886, and while most men attending  this gala's event would be wearing the customary formal wear of that era, which consisted of a black jacket with long tailcoat and a white tie, Pierre had other ideas. He had commissioned Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co. in making him a modified "Tailless" black jacket, which story be told he had full intention of wearing at this autumns gala, which could have been seen by most in attendance as a radical departure from the traditional formal attire.
 
Unfortunately Pierre did not go through with his plans of making his fashion statement that evening -- maybe it was out of fear of making a possible fashion faux pas, so he put off that silly notion for another day. However, attending that same evenings event was his somewhat rebellious son by the name of Griswold Lorillard, he and a few of his friends did in fact wear this short tailless black jacket and it was instantly acclaimed as a striking fashion statement by all, who knew, and soon there after it was adopted as the fashion for formal wear at many a formal event. Thus came the invention of the Tuxedo jacket, and it was so named after the town in which it was debuted...