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R. Culturi Pocket Squares

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Caustic Man, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Distinguished Member

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    I was recently approached by one of Style Forum's newest posters, @Brovsko , about doing a review of R. Culturi's pocket square offerings. Disclosure: These items were sent to me at no charge.

    The idea of putting art on a pocket square is nothing new. Plenty of makers offer classic works of art, or original ones, printed on silk and other materials. R. Culturi, however, is somewhat different in that the art available on their squares is created by living artists from around the world as a way to share their artistic vision. Each of the designs is exclusive and comes with information about the artist who created it and the inspiration and vision of their artwork. This blending of the concepts of clothes as art, and the work of actual artists, intrigued me. As I examined the designs I found myself searching the internet for more information on the artists responsible for them. I was drawn in by the idea that I was not only wearing something that looked nice, but that i could explore it as art in its own right.

    The shipping notification was prompt and the items arrived within 3 days. A delivery confirmation was received from R. Culturi notifying my when the package arrived.

    The product packaging is simple and handsome, more than worthy of gift presentation.

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    Upon opening the box, the receiver's eyes are met with an envelop sealed with a real wax seal bearing the company's 3 headed "Knight's Move" logo.

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    Contained within the envelope are cards printed on heavy ivory card stock with information on the artist(s) who created the art for the pocket squares. I quite liked this touch because it gives one the feeling of opening something special and anticipates what the receiver will find further within.

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    Arranged within were the various samples sent from R. Culturi.

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    Overall the quality of the printing was very high. Most lines and colors appeared very bright and sharp and are comparable to other high end pocket squares in my collection. I will refrain from posting images of the squares in a pocket because R. Culturi's website already does a good job of that. In fact, they provide several images of each square to demonstrate the overall appearance, texture, and how it looks stuffed into a breast pocket.


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    (Still Life, by artist Haesuk Jung)


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    (Carpathians by artist Serhiy Fedynyak)


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    (Stag Totem by artist Jennifer Hawkyard) As is visible here, the different media used by the artists translates into differing image quality on the prints. What appears to be conte, pencil, or some other "dry" media seems to create more challenges to replicating the sharp lines on silk. Still, the character of the artwork maintains a rough "drawn" essence to it which illustrated the fact that it is not simply a pattern, it is the creation of a human hand.


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    (Tides by artist Daniel Tinagan) Probably my favorite of the bunch is this one, a 60% wool and 40% silk blend. This square really shows off the delicate lines and intricacies that these squares capture, along with giving the image an antique feel with the browning of the light areas.

    All of the squares are made in Italy and hand rolled. The hand rolling of the edges is nice, and in the French style, however, it isn't my favorite method. As shown below, the stitching on the R. Culturi square proceeds fully through the square and onto the reverse side...

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    Compare this with the reverse side of a Kent Wang pocket square purchased several years ago in which the stitching is hidden within the roll itself, in the Italian style, which I prefer...

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    This detail hardly detracts from the overall beauty of the R. Culturi squares and I suspect most will chalk it up to personal preference to prefer one style over the other.

    In conclusion: These squares are some of the most beautiful I have seen. The methods for reproducing the artworks results in a generally very pleasing image. Some might find several of these squares difficult to pair, however one gets the feeling that these are meant for a more sophisticated sartorial audience. They do not provide plain white squares, for instance. Their focus is not to provide staple items, but signature items with a "wow" factor.

    The squares measure 14,3/4 inches by 14,3/4 inches, which is slightly larger than many of my others. I greatly prefer this, as the smaller ones (the Kent Wang square is 12,1/4 inches by 12,1/4 inches, for instance) tend to sink into my pocket easier and fall out of sight. R. Culturi's have pretty well stayed put, largely due to the size I suspect.

    By the way, R. Culturi also makes women's scarves which my wife thought were remarkable looking. She's a big fan of Hermés scarves which she favorably compared R. Culturi's designs to. I may have to surprise her with one of those soon! Squares: $85. Scarves: $265.
     
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  2. Andy57

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    Not a caustic review at all. The squares look good and the concept is intriguing. I particularly like artwork squares, so I'll check 'em out.
     
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  3. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Distinguished Member

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    Yeah, it's something a little different from he usual 'maps of the world' and 'classic artworks' squares. Although those are nice too.
     


  4. Brovsko

    Brovsko Well-Known Member

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    thank you @Caustic Man for putting together an honest, unbiased review of our pocket squares.

    Our goal since the beginning has been to create an exceptionally designed, beautifully crafted accessory in a way that nobody else was doing. Receiving feedback and suggestions will only help us in improving our product offering.

    An enormous amount of work went into determining details such as the size of the square, the weight of our silk, how the hems are finished, etc. I can speak at length about our choices in each of these categories, as well as our design and production process, but I don't want to turn this into thread into something it wasn't meant to be. If anyone is curious, please PM me and I would be happy to share and discuss more.


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  5. BeraQueezy

    BeraQueezy Senior Member

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    I own a handful of squares from R.Culturi. Previously, I found myself relying way too much on my trusty white linen but these have definitely helped boost some much needed color into my wardrobe. The designs and story is what sold me. Like Caustic, I receives a beautifully wrapped package full off some of the nicest silk squares I have handled to date.

    I highly recommend checking them out. Hoping to see more offerings from them in the future.
     


  6. BeraQueezy

    BeraQueezy Senior Member

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    Here's "The Knight's Move" square in action. Recycled from the susu thread:

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  7. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Distinguished Member

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    Knight's Move is one of the best looking squares they offer, IMO.
     


  8. Andy57

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    Intrigued enough to pick up a couple. Looking forward to seeing how they are and how they compare to other small batch makers. A bit like gin, really.
     


  9. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Distinguished Member

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    Can't wait to see how you use them.
     


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    I also have a square from Anton. I had met him via another platform and spoke on the phone with him for over an hour. I can tell he was really enthusiast about the line when he quit his well paying day time job to pursue it.

    Truth be told, I am not the biggest "clothing nerd" out there, but I can tell that the pocket square is beautifully made.

    I am a big fan of story telling so Anton's vision for his line speaks volume to me: allowing local artisans from around the world express their talents on his canvasses.

    My pocket square also came in a nicely put together package like pictured above.

    I'm awaiting to see more artist collabs in the future.
     
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  11. acuratedman

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    I discovered R.Culturi about a year ago and was immediately drawn to not just the designs of the squares but the stories behind them. When my order first arrived, I was pleased to note how well the designs translated to the fabric. One of my favorites from the first set of designs is the Knight's Move square.

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    Social media being what it is I connected with Anton, the man behind the brand to learn a little bit more. One of the things that stood out to me the most in our conversation was his emphasis on promoting "both the creator and his or her creation". Frankly, I also really enjoyed reading the background stories behind each of the designs.

    So of course I was pleased to see the new collection kick it up a notch in my opinion. The artwork makes me smile every time I pull one out for use, which is becoming a more frequent occurrence. Thought I'd share a few "in the wild" photos as well.

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  12. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Distinguished Member

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    Great looking stuff. For my part, R. Culturi will be something I follow from now on.
     


  13. Caustic Man

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    R. Culturi in action...

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  14. BeraQueezy

    BeraQueezy Senior Member

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    Some great contributions here. For those on the fence, I highly would recommend giving them a try and seeing for yourself.
     


  15. Uunottaja

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    Just talked again with Anton from R.Culturi, great guy. The squares are also top notch, I've very much enjoyed mine even though I was a bit skeptical of the size at first. It is actually pretty much ideal for suit jackets with a more compact chest pocket.

    Also, here's a pic from last winter.

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