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Some pocket square designs I'm working on, part 4

Which pocket squares would you buy?

  • Memoirs of Babur 1

    Votes: 8 11.1%
  • Memoirs of Babur 2

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • Memoirs of Babur 3

    Votes: 3 4.2%
  • Memoirs of Babur 4

    Votes: 8 11.1%
  • Alexander the Great vs dragons

    Votes: 15 20.8%
  • Alice 1

    Votes: 12 16.7%
  • Alice 2

    Votes: 16 22.2%
  • Alice 3

    Votes: 15 20.8%
  • Arnstein Bible

    Votes: 5 6.9%
  • Burmese Buddhist Cosmology

    Votes: 10 13.9%
  • Casteels flowers 1

    Votes: 15 20.8%
  • Casteels flowers 2

    Votes: 12 16.7%
  • Cloud Gallery

    Votes: 45 62.5%
  • Holi

    Votes: 3 4.2%
  • Khamsa of Nizami

    Votes: 6 8.3%
  • King Solomon

    Votes: 4 5.6%
  • Mewar Remayana 1

    Votes: 5 6.9%
  • Mewar Remayana 2

    Votes: 7 9.7%
  • Mewar Remayana 3

    Votes: 7 9.7%
  • Mewar Remayana 4

    Votes: 8 11.1%
  • Red Fort

    Votes: 19 26.4%
  • Sanvala Europeans

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Squirrels

    Votes: 33 45.8%

  • Total voters
    72

Kent Wang

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I'm working on these designs. Most are unfinished, but I'd like to see which are popular so I can decide which are worth finishing. Most are low resolution images; I'd get a proper high resolution image when we print.


Memoirs of Babur 1


Memoirs of Babur 2


Memoirs of Babur 3


Memoirs of Babur 4


Alexander the Great vs dragons


Alice 1


Alice 2


Alice 3


Arnstein Bible


Burmese Buddhist Cosmology


Casteels flowers 1


Casteels flowers 2


Cloud Gallery


Holi


Khamsa of Nizami


King Solomon


Mewar Remayana 1


Mewar Remayana 2


Mewar Remayana 3


Mewar Remayana 4


Red Fort


Sanvala Europeans


Squirrels

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Hey @Kent Wang! Was there a reason that "The Garden of Earthly Delights" never made it to production?
I hope you consider it again for this round.


EDIT - Turns out it's on the website. Any chance 17" will be restocked soon?
 
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Maybe it is just me, and it very well could be, but I don't care for cropped images of classic artwork/paintings on a pocket square. I admire what you do but, to me, a repeat pattern with or without a border, or, as in the case of fine Hermes or Drakes pocket squares executing designs specifically for the shape and limiting it to very specific colors is far more classic and versatile when trying to coordinate. I wouldn't wear cropped art on a tie or scarf. There are far too many colors and shades of colors to work with. But, hey, if the crowds want it, so be it. And, you have chosen some very interesting artwork but, I wouldn't wear it.
I think you're mostly right, but I think both the Squirrels and Cloud gallery achieve what you want - kind of repeating patterns across a single tone "theme" - but with some additional flourish depending on how it's folded. I like both of those specifically for that reason.

That said, I don't ever get a chance to wear pocket squares, even though I very much enjoy ogling them.
 

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No they don't. They have too many shades of colors to achieve a look that elegantly coordinates with the rest of my outfit.
Ok, sorry they won't work for you.

But, again, if that is what you like and you want a broad spectrum of color that doesn't match or coordinate with what you are wearing, fine.
Not to quibble but, again, while I rarely get the chance to wear pocket squares, I could see the two I referenced both matching and coordinating well with a range of options. I have a hard time seeing most any fold of the Cloud Gallery not working with most navy/gray combos or the Squirrels not working with a range of autumn hued tweeds.

There is a difference between great textile design and great fine art paintings.
I understand your point about re-purposing something for other uses may not make it less than optimum but, clearly, Kent is trying to find some that might, even accidentally, be great at both. YMMV.
 

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The other issue, of course, is the impression one makes in the board room, or string quartet rehearsal, or Maccas queue, by flicking the pocket square out and using it to polish one's glasses.

The Babur battle scenes could be especially effective when negotiating a hostile takeover with the opposing party's lawyers. As you do.
 

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The appropriation of painted images into other media is highly questionable. Each medium has is inherent design elements. Great textiles should have their own. In case any one is confused about this, the use of a black grid with white squares and primary colours is often called "Mondrianesque". Piet is turning in his grave at such sacrilege.
 

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I'm not sure what people find so profane about printing nice images on cloth, the reappropriation of images has always been part of visual culture. If anything, it's the sacralized museum artwork that is the historical oddity.

Re. the debate above, I like the representational pocket squares (vs. the geometric repeated designs, etc) because they do look a bit less co-ordinated --- they're never visually symmetrical, etc. I can see why if you want to look very put-together you might prefer neat patterns, but to me it's a question of how much order or chaos you want.

I like Alice 2 & 3 for the humour, and Red Fort for the colour palette.
 

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Turns out it's on the website. Any chance 17" will be restocked soon?
Earnest question: how do you fit a 17” square in a breast pocket? I have trouble jamming a 12” one in.
 

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Earnest question: how do you fit a 17” square in a breast pocket? I have trouble jamming a 12” one in.
I only prefer the bigger size for 100% silk squares. All silk squares are thinner compared to wool/silk and all wool ones and don’t stay in place.
 

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