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Men's Silk Polka Dot Pocket Square Racing Green - The Westminster RGMen's Silk Polka Dot Pocket Square Racing Green - The Westminster RG
The 'Studley' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the tiny blue floral patterns and dots against a red background.A ruffled close-up of the 'Studley' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the blue floral patterns against the attractive lustre of the deadstock silk material.
The 'Stonehenge' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the organic pale yellow patterns against a salmon-pink groundFully unfolded 'Stonehenge' English silk pocket square, showing the attractive organic decorative forms against a salmon background.
The 'Hastings' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the white polka dots against a bright red background.A ruffled close-up of the 'Hastings' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the white polka dots against the attractive lustre of the deadstock silk material.
Pochette Homme en Soie à Pois - The WestminsterPochette Homme en Soie à Pois - The Westminster
The 'Hadrian' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the stylised paisley patterns against a navy background.A ruffled close-up of the 'Hadrian' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the stylised paisley patterns in yellow and white against the attractive lustre of the deadstock silk material.
The 'Dover' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the individual blue squares against a gold background.A ruffled close-up of the 'Dover' pocket square, presenting a closer view of hollow blue square patterns against the attractive lustre of the deadstock silk material.
The 'Bolsover' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the individual blue, green and orange floral squares against a red-orange background.A ruffled close-up of the 'Bolsover' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the multicoloured floral grids against the attractive lustre of the deadstock silk material.
Pochette de costume géométrique en soie pour homme - The ToshimaRuffled close-up view of the Toshima silk pocket square, presenting a closer view of the small blue and red stylised floral patterns on a golden-orange ground.
The 'Blenheim' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the organic maroon patterns against a bright yellow ground.A ruffled close-up of the 'Blenheim' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the floral-inspired patterns against the attractive lustre of the deadstock silk material.
The 'Binham' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves UK collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the classic paisley patterns against a red background.A ruffled close-up of the 'Binham' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the paisley patterns against the attractive lustre of the deadstock silk material.
Pochette Homme en Soie Paisley - The CarnabyPochette Homme en Soie Paisley - The Carnaby
Madder Silk Pocket Square - The BallowallA ruffled close-up of the 'Ballowall' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the miniature floral and paisley patterns against the attractive lustre of the madder silk material.
Madder Silk Pocket Square - The AveburyA ruffled close-up of the 'Avebury' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the yellow and blue paisley patterns against the attractive lustre of the madder silk material.
The 'Ambleside' pocket square from SOHO Scarves Madder silk collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the various traditional stylised forms in orange, green and blue.A ruffled close-up of the 'Ambleside' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the miniature fleur-de-lis patterns against the attractive lustre of the madder silk material.
The 'Aldborough' pocket square from SOHO Scarves Madder silk collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the various traditional stylised forms in blue and red.A ruffled close-up of the 'Aldborough' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the miniature fleur-de-lis patterns against the attractive lustre of the madder silk material.
Pochette de costume cachemire en soie pour homme - The DeZonPochette de costume cachemire en soie pour homme - The DeZon
The 'Acton' pocket square from SOHO Scarves Madder silk collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the intricate inner and outer paisley decoration in violet and lime green.A ruffled close-up of the 'Acton' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the lime green and blue paisley patterns against the attractive lustre of the madder silk material.
Pochette Homme en Soie à Pois - The SapporoPochette Homme en Soie à Pois - The Sapporo
The 'Abingdon' pocket square from SOHO Scarves Madder silk collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the various traditional stylised forms in green, gold and blue.A ruffled close-up of the 'Abingdon' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the miniature fleur-de-lis patterns against the attractive lustre of the madder silk material.
The 'Abbotsbury' pocket square from SOHO Scarves Madder silk collection. Folded into a quarter, showing the intricate inner and outer paisley decoration in blue, red and cream.A ruffled close-up of the 'Abbotsbury' pocket square, presenting a closer view of the blue, red and cream paisley patterns against the attractive lustre of the madder silk material.
Pochette de costume en soie à motif cachemire pour homme - The ForksClose-up view of the Forks pocket square, presenting a closer view of the golden Fleur-de-Lis pattern on a emerald-green background and lustre of the silk material.
The 'Weimar' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves folded into a quarter, showing the blue, red and monochrome portion of the semicircular disc pattern.A ruffled close-up of the 'Weimar' silk pocket square, presenting a closer view of the multicoloured, Bauhaus inspired patterns.
Pochette de costume en soie cachemire pour homme - The OxfordPochette de costume en soie cachemire pour homme - The Oxford
The 'Munich' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves folded into a quarter, showing part of the multi-coloured pattern combining many familiar Bauhaus-inspired forms.A ruffled close-up of the 'Munich' silk pocket square, presenting a closer view of the brightly coloured Bauhaus inspired patterns.
The 'Leipzig' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves folded into a quarter, showing a portion of the bauhaus-inspired triangular forms.A ruffled close-up of the 'Leipzig' silk pocket square, presenting a closer view of the interplay of blue, grey and yellow triangles.
The 'Hamburg' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves folded into a quarter, showing a portion of the bauhaus-inspired triangular and circular forms in a cool palette.A ruffled close-up of the 'Hamburg' silk pocket square, presenting a closer view of the waveform-like motif of teal and turquoise.
The 'Dresden' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves folded into a quarter, showing a portion of the bauhaus-inspired triangular and circular repeat patterns.A ruffled close-up of the 'Dresden' silk pocket square, presenting the interplay of ochre-yellow, charcoal grey and orange patterns.
The 'Berlin' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves folded into a quarter, showing a portion of the geometric and bauhaus-inspired pattern.A ruffled close-up of the 'Berlin' silk pocket square, presenting the interplay of the Bauhaus inspired palette and geometric forms.
Fully unfolded 'Sunset Ride' pink silk pocket square, showing the full design of pink Cadillac, palm trees and sunshine using a warm, multicoloured palette.A ruffled close-up of the 'Sunset Ride' pink silk pocket square, presenting a closer look at a portion of the pink Cadillac and the material's subtle lustre.
Fully unfolded 'Sunset Ride' blue silk pocket square, showing the full design of blue Cadillac, palm trees and sunshine using a warm, multicoloured palette.A close-up of the 'Sunset Ride' blue silk pocket square, presenting a closer look at a portion of the blue Cadillac.
Fully unfolded 'Soho Sign' blue silk pocket square, showing the full retro SOHO signage design using a typical 1950's pastel colour palette.A ruffled close-up of the 'Soho Sign' blue silk pocket square, presenting a closer look at a portion of the signage design and the material's subtle lustre.
Fully unfolded 'Soho Sign' red silk pocket square, showing the full retro SOHO signage design using a classic 1950's pastel colour palette.A ruffled close-up of the 'Soho Sign' red silk pocket square, presenting a closer look at a portion of the signage design and the material's subtle lustre.
Fully unfolded 'Milkshake' on chalk silk pocket square, showing the full retro 'SOHO Diner' signage design using a classic 1950's pastel colour palette.The 'Milkshake' on chalk silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves folded into a quarter, showing a portion of the 1950's diner aesthetic and chalk-coloured border.
Fully unfolded 'Milkshake' on charcoal silk pocket square, showing the full retro 'SOHO Diner' signage design using a classic 1950's pastel colour palette.A ruffled close-up of the 'Milkshake' on charcoal silk pocket square, presenting a closer look at a portion of the diner signage design.
Fully unfolded 'Jukebox 2' silk pocket square, showing the 1950's jukebox, chequered floor and retro 'SOHO Diner' signage design using a classic 1950's colour palette.A ruffled close-up of the 'Jukebox 2' silk pocket square, presenting a closer look at a the bold colours of the 1950's jukebox and the material's subtle lustre.
Fully unfolded 'Jukebox' silk pocket square, showing the 1950's jukebox and chequered floor appplying a classic 1950's colour palette.A close-up of the 'Jukebox' silk pocket square, presenting a closer look at a the bold colours of the 1950's jukebox.
Fully unfolded 'Diamonds' silk pocket square, showing the teal, red, orange and pink diamond repeat pattern with a concentric orange and red border.A ruffled close-up of the 'Diamonds' silk pocket square, presenting a closer view of the 1950's coloured diamond pattern and the material's subtle lustre.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The SwayleSilk square 'Swayle' handkerchief with leaf pattern placed in a jacket breast pocket.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The DerwentFolded 'Derwent' silk pocket square from SOHO Scarves, showing the striking tropical pattern on a dark background.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The AireFully unfolded 'Aire' silk pocket square, showing the classic mandarin orange motif, framed with a peach-coloured border.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The TayFully unfolded 'Tay' silk pocket square, showing the geometric patterns in red, brown and yellow, set on a green background and framed with a cream-coloured border.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The MerseyFully unfolded 'Mersey' silk pocket square, showing the stylised leaf montage in purple, pink and blue on a dark blue background and bright red border.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The TeesSilk square handkerchief with toucan bird pattern on a blue ground and placed in a jacket breast pocket.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The TyneFully unfolded 'Tyne' silk pocket square, showing the stylised tropical leaf and golden sunshine pattern.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The AvonSilk square handkerchief with stylised leaf montage pattern. Placed in a jacket breast pocket.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The TweedFully unfolded 'Tweed' silk pocket square, showing the pattern of stylised leaf forms creating a yellow and purple textured effect.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The SevernSilk square handkerchief with stylised tree branch repeat motif. Placed in a jacket breast pocket.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The ThamesFully unfolded 'Thames' silk pocket square, showing the stylised red poppy flowers, set on a subtle leaf-textured repeat background.
Mens Silk Pocket Square - The HouseAngled close-up of the 'House' pocket square in pure silk. Focus on the Japanese style building with rising sun and Mount Fuji background.

Pocket Squares: The Elegant History and Modern Versatility

Soho Scarves is dedicated to offering a diverse range of pocket squares crafted from the finest materials, ensuring that every gentleman can find the perfect piece to express his own sense of style and sophistication. With that in mind, we present a comprehensive overview of the history and function of the pocket square. By understanding the key differences between pocket squares and handkerchiefs, the diverse pattens and colours available as well as the unique merits of silk, wool, and polyester pocket squares, hopefully you can make informed decisions when selecting the perfect pocket accessory.

Contents

  1. The Rich History of Pocket Squares
  2. Pocket Square vs. Handkerchief: The Key Differences
  3. The Merits and Differences of Silk, Wool, and Polyester Pocket Squares
  4. Pocket Squares at SOHO Scarves

A selection of the bestselling pocket squares from Soho Scarves

Silk pocket square square folded into a quarter, clearly displaying the deep orange, light blue and brown paisley patterns on a gold background.

Carnaby

Flat view of the 'Westminster' polka dot patterned silk pocket square set on a deep blue fabric background.

Westminster

Flat view of the 'Forks' large paisley-esque patterned silk pocket square presenting a closer view of the large gold and black stylised paisley-inspired patterns.

Forks

1. The Rich History of Pocket Squares

Ancient Origins

Soho Scarves is dedicated to offering a diverse range of pocket squares crafted from the finest materials, ensuring that every gentleman can find the perfect piece to express his own sense of style and sophistication. With that in mind, we present a comprehensive overview of the history and function of the pocket square. By understanding the key differences between pocket squares and handkerchiefs, the diverse pattens and colours available as well as the unique merits of silk, wool, and polyester pocket squares, hopefully you can can make informed decisions when selecting the perfect pocket accessory.

The Middle Ages and Renaissance

The concept of the pocket square evolved in Europe during the Middle Ages. Royalty and aristocrats donned elaborately embroidered handkerchiefs, often adorned with lace and monograms. As the Renaissance period began, this trend spread to the emerging middle class, who began incorporating pocket squares into their attire as a status symbol. During the reign of King Louis XIV of France, pocket squares reached their height of popularity among the elite. The Sun King himself possessed hundreds of pocket squares, each exquisitely crafted from the finest fabrics.

The 18th and 19th Centuries

As Europe transitioned from the Baroque period to the more restrained Neoclassical era, the pocket square continued to evolve. The 18th century saw the rise of the 'steinkirk,' a cravat with its ends stylishly tucked into a buttonhole, often accompanied by a pocket square. The 19th century was marked by the Industrial Revolution, which made mass production of textiles possible, allowing the pocket square to become accessible to a wider audience. The Victorian era witnessed the popularization of the classic white pocket square, which became a staple for formal wear.

The 20th Century and Beyond

The pocket square continued to be an indispensable accessory throughout the 20th century, particularly during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Fashion icons like Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, and Humphrey Bogart regularly donned pocket squares, reinforcing their status as symbols of class and sophistication.

In recent years, the pocket square has experienced a renaissance, with modern gentlemen embracing this timeless accessory to elevate their attire. Pocket squares have become more aspirational, often made with luxurious fabrics and increasingly flamboyant prints, finished with hand rolled hems and worn solely for aesthetic purposes. Innovations in technology allowed manufacturers to experiment with patterns and colours beyond traditional designs to make it a mainstay feature in the top pocket of gentlemen's suits. Different folding techniques have also become prevalent.

2. Pocket Square vs. Handkerchief: The Key Differences

The terms 'pocket square' and 'handkerchief' are often used interchangeably, but they serve distinct purposes. A pocket square is a decorative accessory worn in the breast pocket of a suit or blazer, adding a touch of elegance and refinement to one's ensemble. The French term 'pochette' refers specifically to the pocket square, highlighting its roots in European fashion. Conversely, a handkerchief is a functional cloth primarily used for personal hygiene, such as wiping one's nose or brow. While pocket squares are made from luxurious materials and showcase intricate designs, handkerchiefs are typically plainer and crafted from more absorbent fabrics.

3. The Merits and Differences of Silk, Wool, and Polyester Pocket Squares

Pocket squares are available in various materials, each offering its own unique characteristics and advantages.

Pure silk 'Fes' pocket square folded showing simple red paisley 'tears' interdispersed with decorative floral patterns on a vibrant green ground. SOHO Scarves branding clearly visible on bottom-right.

Silk Pocket Square - The Fes

Wool 'Kovalam' pocket square folded showing simple paisley 'tears' and decorative floral patterns on a bright red ground. SOHO Scarves branding clearly visible on bottom-right

Wool Pocket Square - The Kovalam

Silk pocket squares are renowned for their lustrous sheen and luxurious feel. This natural fibre is lightweight and drapes effortlessly, making it the ideal choice for creating intricate folds and elegant presentations. Silk pocket squares are often adorned with exquisite patterns, making them the perfect accessory for formal occasions and black-tie events. However, they can be more delicate and require special care when handling and cleaning.

Wool pocket squares offer a more textured and robust appearance, making them well-suited for casual events. The natural weight of wool lend themselves to simpler folds, while the fabric's matte finish provides a sophisticated, understated aesthetic. Wool pocket squares are often seen in solid colours or subtle patterns, complementing tweed or heavier fabrics typically worn during autumn and winter.

Polyester pocket squares, on the other hand, provide an affordable and versatile option. As a synthetic fabric, polyester is more durable and resistant to wrinkles, making it a lower-maintenance option. While it may not possess the same luxurious feel as silk or the natural warmth of wool, polyester pocket squares still offers a polished appearance.

4. Pocket Squares at SOHO Scarves

Broadly speaking, SOHO Scarves offer three pocket square design categories: the repeat pattern, the block colour and the art print. Repeat pattern designs represent the majority of our pocket squares and comprise mostly of polka dot, paisley, floral and fleur-de-lis styles.

A single art print design can span the pocket square canvas and is usually designed in collaboration with established or up-and-coming artists. These are manufactured in limited runs so are not always available.

We currently offer pocket squares in three fabrics: silk, wool and polyester. Our silk pocket squares are made from beautifully tactile 100% silk twill with a fabric grade of 5A. In other words, the squares are weighted perfectly for your top pocket – not too flimsy, not too bulky, and with an almost perfect colour-pattern retention. Our 100% pure wool pocket squares offer an alternative, rustic elegance yet offer a softness only surpassed by cashmere. Availability of our polyester pocket squares is limited to just a few items.

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