• We would like to welcome Exquisite Trimmings as an official Affiliate Vendor. Exquisite Trimmings is a UK based purveyor of the very best in clothing and accessories, from gloves by Thomas Reimer to leather portfolios from Il Micio, to watch rolls by Rapport London. Please visit their new thread and give them a warm welcome.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Pocket square quality

Stugotes

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 3, 2012
Messages
809
Reaction score
209
Good evening everybody,

I have a question concerning the quality of pocket squares. I love the style Tom Ford uses for his and an Italian store recently got a batch, from which I'd love to have one.

Now, can a PS even be worth more than $100? Can such a price be justified by quality? What do you think is the limit for a top notch PS, brand names aside?

Excited for you guys' thoughts.
 

RSS

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Apr 1, 2008
Messages
10,103
Reaction score
402
I've occasionally paid up to $80 for a particular square that I especially love (perhaps one or two from those pictured below), but I think of this amount as high for a pocket square.


 
Last edited:

Trompe le Monde

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 30, 2009
Messages
2,004
Reaction score
212
quality...what does that even mean? the thing has no function except to sit in your pocket as an accessory

i think i paid up to 40-50 because the edges, material (texture), color, and print/pattern was what i needed at that particular place and time
 
Last edited:

Quadcammer

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 10, 2010
Messages
2,970
Reaction score
292
I spend very limited cash on ps and generally prefer plain ones. Less than $20 per.
 

Plestor

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2010
Messages
478
Reaction score
29

Good evening everybody,

I have a question concerning the quality of pocket squares. I love the style Tom Ford uses for his and an Italian store recently got a batch, from which I'd love to have one.

Now, can a PS even be worth more than $100? Can such a price be justified by quality? What do you think is the limit for a top notch PS, brand names aside?

Excited for you guys' thoughts.
I don't think quality goes up much (if at all) beyond the ~$30-40 squares from the usual suspects. However I have no problem paying for design in this case... I'd agreee with RSS that squares at twice that are always tough to swallow but if I really love it...
 

PhiPsi32

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2012
Messages
2,664
Reaction score
96
Even $100 is tough. I like most of the Etro squares, but at $100-$110 I can't pull the trigger. Maybe if there was a sale.
 

plei89

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2009
Messages
1,650
Reaction score
25
$40 is as high as I go... At that price range I have access to Tom Ford
 

Fred G. Unn

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 5, 2011
Messages
2,813
Reaction score
850
I'm pretty sure I've never paid over $50, including those Drake's unicorn tapestry squares pictured above. I grabbed 5 squares at the Drake's sale in Jan which was by far the most I've paid (but they are awesome!) Most of my pocket squares I've gotten for $10 or so from Century 21 in NYC.
 
Last edited:

RSS

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Apr 1, 2008
Messages
10,103
Reaction score
402
^^^ Most of those are not by Drake ... but older pieces from David Evans. That said, my more costly pocket square purchases of late have been in similar patterns from Drake.
 
Last edited:

SpooPoker

Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus
Affiliate Vendor
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Oct 11, 2009
Messages
42,825
Reaction score
68,854
I covet my Hermes squares, and have paid royally for them. They are probably the only brand Ill cross a 3 digit threshold on, as they look like nothing else (except Rubinacci lol)
 

terrorsquad

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 11, 2011
Messages
956
Reaction score
250
I've occasionally paid up to $80 for a particular square that I especially love (perhaps one or two from those pictured below), but I think of this amount as high for a pocket square.
Love the squares. I wish Holland & Holland/Drakes reissued them again. This are the only squares worth to pay 80 bucks for. And maybe the Rubinacci ones.
 

Birks and Grey Socks

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2011
Messages
146
Reaction score
5
I have a bunch of Tom Ford squares. The quality of the silk is great, very 'springy' in texture and fills out a pocket nicely. They are not worth retail though. I've never paid more than $50 for one, which is possible if you do some hunting. I do find cheaper silks always crush within the pocket and look very wilted by days end.

A budget minded alternative are silk squares from Robert Talbott, almost as good as TF, but can be had for ~$20 here on SF regularly. I also won a few and am very happy with them all.

If you are in NYC, C21 is your friend for cheap squares.
 

Mark Seitelman

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 26, 2004
Messages
829
Reaction score
39

* * *

Now, can a PS even be worth more than $100? Can such a price be justified by quality? What do you think is the limit for a top notch PS, brand names aside?

* * *
.


Intrinisically, no pocket square is worth more than $100. However, if you were to cross that bridge, the only pocket square that is worthwhile is Hermes which can be resold. No other maker has the cult following.

Its mini-scarves many times sell for close to retail or above retail!

No other maker approaches it in the resale market. Most average $25 to $40.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite summer fabric?

  • Seersucker

  • Fresco

  • Linen

  • Silk


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
440,629
Messages
9,507,199
Members
199,001
Latest member
papaya_dog
Top