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Pocket squares - where do you guys *really* get them?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by enarchay, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. enarchay

    enarchay Senior member

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    I know there probably have been a few threads like this already, but this one is a bit more specific. The creative use of pocket squares in the WAYW threads can really dazzle me, but with such a variety, I often wonder: Where are you guys getting these things? I simply cannot afford to buy a variety of pocket squares from the typically recommended sites, so what options do I have? How did you guys start your collection?

    Thanks.
     
  2. luftvier

    luftvier Senior member

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    I know there probably have been a few threads like this already, but this one is a bit more specific. The creative use of pocket squares in the WAYW threads can really dazzle me, but with such a variety, I often wonder: Where are you guys getting these things? I simply cannot afford to buy a variety of pocket squares from the typically recommended sites, so what options do I have? How did you guys start your collection?

    Thanks.


    Build slowly.

    I get mine from Kent Wang or from the buy and sell section of this site.
     
  3. chasingred

    chasingred Senior member

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    75% of the best ones I've seen are all Kent Wang, frankly. Can be had for like 25 dollars too.
     
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    I have been bought from BS. Got a Hackett and a PRL. At the same time, I took an old Turnbull & Asser of mine and asked to a skillfull lady use the fabric to make three PS`s. It worked.
     
  5. luftvier

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    Century 21 in NYC often has a good selection as well.
     
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    I've bought most of mine from Howard Yount and Kent Wang.
     
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    Some of mine are actually just pieces of old material from stuff I don't use anymore. I simply cut out the size that I want, and use it stuffed (so no edges are showing). I can probably bring them up to my cleaners up the street and have the edges sewn, for pretty cheap. I have to ask.

    The rest are from C21 as Lufty pointed out, B&S (gshen makes GREAT ones) and Kent Wang. The latter two can't be beat for the $$.
     
  9. mack11211

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    Less expensive sources include Kent Wang, Sam Hober, and the sale offerings of conservative places like Maus & Hoffman and Ben Silver...check their sites. Both M&H and BS have some great squares on markdown right now. C21 is great if you are in NYC. There are also some part-time PS makers who make offers on SF. The other option as noted above is to recycle shirting. Carl Goldberg of CEGO (shirtmaven on SF) does this with odd bits of fabric. You can also do it yourself with exhausted shirts. Anyone with a sewing machine can do standard edges. Hand-rolled edges take a bit more time and skill, so you may search longer before you find someone willing and able to finish a PS that way.
     
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    PROTIP: For solid-colored satin silk pocket squares, check out someplace like Burlington Coat Factory. Yeah, they don't have hand-rolled edges, but who cares, they're like seven bucks.
     
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    I get nearly all of mine from two local old-school menswear stores. I have to be careful with them (they carry some cheap, one-sided 80's looking ones), but they usually have a bunch of really nice ones in tons of great patterns. I prefer a little more silk and color than the white-tv-fold crowd, so it works out well for me. Best part is, the only time I've paid more than twenty some dollars was a Faberge one that I fell in love with that was $45.
     
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    If you want super cheap try Men's Wearhouse. They have plain silk for $7 and printed design silk for $10. Online selection seems to be better. Order on a Friday for free 2 day express shipping.
     
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    RLPL from RL outlets. Always reduced and none more the $20, most at $10 or less.
     
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    Some good suggestions in this thread and I'm happy to see that they are mostly pretty cheap. It really boils my piss when I see a magazine layout and in the details it will say something like 'white linen pocket square by Tom Ford - $135'.

    If I won the lotto every month for a year I still wouldn't lash out $135 for a white linen pocket square that is barely distinguishable from a $5 one.
     
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    I try to buy a couple whenever they're on sale, especially when on sale! Boxing Day in Canada usually means they're more than 50% off! I've seen Tom Ford pocket squares go for as low as $40.00...
     
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    C21 in Long Island, usually great ones for less than $20, many Robert Talbots for $9.99
     
  20. enarchay

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    75% of the best ones I've seen are all Kent Wang, frankly. Can be had for like 25 dollars too.

    I have three Kent Wang pocket squares, and while I like the look and fabric, I find them to be too small. Some people make a similar complaint, while others think they are fine. I don't know.
     

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