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I find that look very appealing. It would be ideal for spring/summer casual dress or a party. I can see it with a linen or cotton jacket. Keep us informed!

Most definitely. What I love about the process is the imperfections. Lines are rarely straight, some of the dye overlaps and sips under the cassava. It whole process reminds me of some of Sol Lewitt's works and lots of fractals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I shot these down in Carmel the other day at Khaki's of Carmel:

Linen:



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More linen:

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I was in Carmel today and stopped by the Robert Talbott store. Honestly, I haven't been very impressed with their ties or pocket squares for many years now but then I saw these. These may be some of their best ever for spring/summer.


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Nicely done. That tie is a gem.
great tie. kiton cashmere. let me know if you'd like one, I have an extra, nwt
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Love this, all of them.

 

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I was in Carmel today and stopped by the Robert Talbott store. Honestly, I haven't been very impressed with their ties or pocket squares for many years now but then I saw these. These may be some of their best ever for spring/summer.


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A preview of one of pocket squares from collection 2 

 

 

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This would make a great hank

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I know you mean it in jest, but allow me to use the above Bill Murray image to illustrate some of the issues that are relevant to designing a pocket square.

 

What makes for a good pocket square? There are many elements at play, and the criteria obviously varies from designer to designer. Here are some of the ones I keep in mind:

 

How does it look folded? Since the puff fold is the most popular way to wear a silk square, it's important that the center of the image is interesting. If this were made as a square, the center would be around Bill Murray's chin, which looks rather boring. You could crop it closer so that it centers around his collar. The red and yellow is more interesting, but there's something unsatisfying about using a minor element of an image as the "show area".. It almost feels like cheating.

 

I don't like graphic styles with smooth blending, which most realistic paintings and photographs have. When worn, I think it just looks like a mess of ink. That's why the Mona Lisa would not make for a good square—among other reasons.

 

 

 

My The Great Wave pocket square has expanses of single colors that are distinct and not smoothly blended. This is because the original The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print, which is printed with carved blocks of wood that are individually colored, so the very format doesn't allow smooth blending like a paintbrush can. This is naturally a bolder look, which comes through when worn in a pocket. 

 

Rubinacci's pocket squares don't follow this rule. I don't mean to criticize them, but to illustrate how I design my squares my way, and how that varies from other designers.

 

You can see how I've cropped The Great Wave so that the center area is visually interesting and suitable for a square. I can't begin to count the number of excellent images that I've had to discard because they are not suitable to cropping. As an example:

 

 

Wisdom, at Rockefeller Center. I love art deco, so I badly wanted to use this. You can crop this to a square fairly easy but tragically, the center is an uninteresting flesh color.

 

The colors on The Great Wave have also been edited so that they're more vibrant and probably more closely reflect what the artist envisioned. The original paper woodblock prints have faded substantially. I have an image editing guy that is excellent at this kind of work. It takes great skill to do it cleanly without losing detail or letting it become distorted.

 

There are many more issues at play when designing a pocket square. Perhaps I'll write about them in the future. In the meantime, as thanks for reading, here's a preview of one of the new designs that I will have in late March:

 

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Very cool, thanks Kent. I've often wondered about what went into designing a square, should have figured it was trickier than it looked.
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I like that Aztec calendar, I'll be getting one when it comes out. I already have the Great Wave, it's pretty cool.
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I actually wasn't kidding, but I appreciate the "behind the scenes" you wrote. I tend to wear my hanks folded over rather than puff or puff-and-points, so I would get the variety and interest that you correctly note is missing from the center. I was inspired by the availability of this print as a 16x16 throw pillow. If the fabric weren't polyester, I might have purchased it, ripped the seams, and rolled the edges myself!
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Interesting, Kent.

Being a creative vocationally and always looking at the world through a creative lens, I see so many things that inspire square fantasy. Since I puff my silk squares, I look for patterns that have interest throughout — and particular interest in the center outward when looking at something that isn't an all-over pattern.

Though I do differ on the idea of smooth transitions as long as there is sufficient contrast in the end. I have a couple of "painterly" squares and their contrasting colors, tones and 2D-textures create the interest.

I'm curious as to your printing process. Are you printing digitally or traditionally? And where do you print? Locally? Overseas?
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang View Post

I know you mean it in jest, but allow me to use the above Bill Murray image to illustrate some of the issues that are relevant to designing a pocket square.

 

What makes for a good pocket square? There are many elements at play, and the criteria obviously varies from designer to designer. Here are some of the ones I keep in mind:

 

How does it look folded? Since the puff fold is the most popular way to wear a silk square, it's important that the center of the image is interesting. If this were made as a square, the center would be around Bill Murray's chin, which looks rather boring. You could crop it closer so that it centers around his collar. The red and yellow is more interesting, but there's something unsatisfying about using a minor element of an image as the "show area".. It almost feels like cheating.

 

I don't like graphic styles with smooth blending, which most realistic paintings and photographs have. When worn, I think it just looks like a mess of ink. That's why the Mona Lisa would not make for a good square—among other reasons.

 

 

 

My The Great Wave pocket square has expanses of single colors that are distinct and not smoothly blended. This is because the original The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print, which is printed with carved blocks of wood that are individually colored, so the very format doesn't allow smooth blending like a paintbrush can. This is naturally a bolder look, which comes through when worn in a pocket. 

 

 

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Rubinacci's pocket squares don't follow this rule. I don't mean to criticize them, but to illustrate how I design my squares my way, and how that varies from other designers.

 

You can see how I've cropped The Great Wave so that the center area is visually interesting and suitable for a square. I can't begin to count the number of excellent images that I've had to discard because they are not suitable to cropping. As an example:

 

 

Wisdom, at Rockefeller Center. I love art deco, so I badly wanted to use this. You can crop this to a square fairly easy but tragically, the center is an uninteresting flesh color.

 

The colors on The Great Wave have also been edited so that they're more vibrant and probably more closely reflect what the artist envisioned. The original paper woodblock prints have faded substantially. I have an image editing guy that is excellent at this kind of work. It takes great skill to do it cleanly without losing detail or letting it become distorted.

 

There are many more issues at play when designing a pocket square. Perhaps I'll write about them in the future. In the meantime, as thanks for reading, here's a preview of one of the new designs that I will have in late March:

 

 

 

 

 

I was actually thinking of buying this Udeshi great wave PS: http://www.exquisitetrimmings.com/products/Pocket-Squares/The-Great-Wave.html, but now I'm doubting between that one and yours. What do you think of cropping a picture for a PS with a circle, like Udeshi has done?


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I was actually thinking of buying this Udeshi great wave PS: http://www.exquisitetrimmings.com/products/Pocket-Squares/The-Great-Wave.html, but now I'm doubting between that one and yours. What do you think of cropping a picture for a PS with a circle, like Udeshi has done?

So.... Let me get this straight... 

 

You are actually considering a cropped cotton PS over full image on 100% silk........? AND the cotton is more expensive................................patch[1].gif

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So.... Let me get this straight... 

 

You are actually considering a cropped cotton PS over full image on 100% silk........? AND the cotton is more expensive................................patch%5B1%5D.gif

No worries, actually bought the KW one today!

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