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Turnbull & Asser’s 130th Anniversary: Pocket Square

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As they continue to celebrate their 130th anniversary, British shirt maker Turnbull & Asser have released the latest in their series of films dedicated to showcasing the key products that have become synonymous with their brand. This fourth instalment focuses on the history of ‘The Pocket Square’, tracing its journey from inception to modern style essential.

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How do you know the difference between a pocket square and a handkerchief though? “One’s for show and one’s for blow”, explains Dean Gomilsek-Cole, the creator of many of Turnbull and Asser’s iconic designs.

Pocket squares finish a suit, providing a stylish accent to complete a look. The best men match their ties to their pocket squares, but if you’re feeling bold you might want to try contrasting them – either way a pocket square can make or break a look.

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From humble beginnings, as an offshoot a neckerchief, the pocket square has become an easy way to add a touch of personality and flamboyance to an otherwise potentially mundane uniform of shirt, suit and tie. Prints can be varied, vivid and unique, and colours can be as bright or as subtle and the personality of the man wearing it.

Dean describes them as being “like art” in the detail and design that go into them – which is a lot considering that only a small part of it is actually on show.

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Moving with the times, Turnbull and Asser are experimenting increasingly with printing techniques, patterns and materials to update the traditional pocket square for the modern man.

Illustrations are a big trend for the new seasons, and experimenting with drawings and pictures is something we’ve also seen at big high-fashion brands like Burberry in recent collections, and Turnbull and Asser are right on trend despite being a classic, traditional brand.

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