Expensive pocket squares

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  1. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

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    $75 for Hugo Boss squares at Harry Rosen. Ridiculous! If they sold good quality squares for 20/30 bucks, that'd be fair. $75 bucks for a a square foot of silk or linen is idiotic, no matter how beautiful. $125.00 for RLPL is plain silly.

    The Wang fellow on here seems to have some great squares for a reasonable price.
     


  2. jkw

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    I buy all of mine at my local vintage shop. usually no more than £2 each, so I can afford to have quite a collection. Considering the fact that I'm 17 and only wear a sportcoat or suit 3-4 times a week, this works out well. I couldn't afford to spend more on these items
     


  3. voxsartoria

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    $75 for Hugo Boss squares at Harry Rosen. Ridiculous! If they sold good quality squares for 20/30 bucks, that'd be fair. $75 bucks for a a square foot of silk or linen is idiotic, no matter how beautiful. $125.00 for RLPL is plain silly.

    RLPLs are quite worth it if you find a nice one.

    The Wang fellow on here seems to have some great squares for a reasonable price.

    He does, and I like them. If you compare his squares to more ambitious ones, however, the differences in workmanship are readily apparent. Whether this means anything to a person is another matter, like so much that we discuss here.

    Since the spread between the most elaborate squares and the least is maybe $100, as sartorial sins of excess go, the crimes committed in the name of the pocket square are naturally limited in scope.


    - B
     


  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    RLPLs are quite worth it if you find a nice one.

    The nice ones can be few and far between, but once in awhile they come out with something great. The one you picture is a good example, and when they released that one, there were a couple more just as good. Best I have seen yet.

    For me a big difference is between squares that are printed to be a pocket square, and have a border or even multiple borders, and ones that look like cuts from a big piece of silk. I'll pay much more for the former than the latter, and generally will not buy the latter at all.
     


  5. Manton

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    I love the square in Vox's pic, but I have squares that I think are just as good that cost a lot less than $125. I guess I would have to feel the silk and look at the stitching to know for sure.

    My cheapest silk square is from Austen Reed on Oxford Street on a lark one day. The silk is flimsy and the hand-rolling is uneven.

    I don't know why anyone even bothers to make borderless silk squares.
     


  6. aportnoy

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    That's an English madder on the RLPL square...since there are not nearly enough quality madder squares, it would be fantastic if you offered some.

    BTW, I am delighted with those 6-fold grenadines that you made up for me...thank you.

    - B


    I have a few RLPL paisley madder squares and they are some of my favorites.

    B- when did you order and receive your ties from Hober? I ordered 7 ties at the beginning of June and haven't gotten anything yet.
     


  7. voxsartoria

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    For me a big difference is between squares that are printed to be a pocket square, and have a border or even multiple borders, and ones that look like cuts from a big piece of silk. I'll pay much more for the former than the latter, and generally will not buy the latter at all.

    I love the square in Vox's pic, but I have squares that I think are just as good that cost a lot less than $125. I guess I would have to feel the silk and look at the stitching to know for sure.

    I think squares, like neckties, is a category where it is easy to go overboard on quantity versus quality, and to victimize one's own style with false economies.

    It is great to get a fantastic square at a reasonable price. It's also great to get a fantastic square at a price many would find unreasonable.

    - B
     


  8. voxsartoria

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    I have a few RLPL paisley madder squares and they are some of my favorites.

    B- when did you order and receive your ties from Hober? I ordered 7 ties at the beginning of June and haven't gotten anything yet.


    I think mine took about four or five months.

    - B
     


  9. aportnoy

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    I think mine took about four or five months. - B
    I'm at 5 months plus now and getting antsy! I went for navy and slate in the grenadines this time around, what did you get?
     


  10. voxsartoria

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    I'm at 5 months plus now and getting antsy! I went for navy and slate in the grenadines this time around, what did you get?

    [​IMG]

    BTW, doesn anyone know where I can get cheap Viagra, Cialis, etc.?


    - B
     


  11. aportnoy

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    [​IMG]

    BTW, doesn anyone know where I can get cheap Viagra, Cialis, etc.?


    - B



    Very nice ties. I get my Viagra from the Advanced Forum.
     


  12. voxsartoria

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    Very nice ties. I get my Viagra from the Advanced Forum.

    True, they have to buy in bulk there, and even then, most of the time they have to use the rubber band with popsicle stick trick.

    Or so I have heard.

    - B
     


  13. aportnoy

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    True, they have to buy in bulk there, and even then, most of the time they have to use the rubber band with popsicle stick trick.

    Or so I have heard.

    - B


    Ever try it with a piss chaser? It's magic.
     


  14. Manton

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    I think squares, like neckties, is a category where it is easy to go overboard on quantity versus quality, and to victimize one's own style with false economies.

    I just counted. I have 28 squares. Two of the silk ones are indeed lame. The other silk ones range from good to excellent (two in the latter category).

    One wool; excellent.

    Four BB Irish linen; excellent.

    The rest are mostly S&G linen or cotton, all excellent.
     


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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A man needs as many squares as he has neckties. And he should purge them when he purges his neckties.
     


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