Pocket Squares: The Hand-Rolled Edge

Whether you prefer a puff, folded pocket square, or some other arrangement, there is no doubt that one can help complete your look. After all what other purpose does that small chest pocket serve if not to hold a pocket square?

One of the most important parts to consider in addition to quality of material used, is the hand-rolled edge. Not all hand-rolled edges are made to the same level of quality, so for something that is not  likely to wear out, isn’t it better to pay more than to shamefully display an edge that looks like it was sewn by a binge drinker?

The following shows the difference attention to detail can make. Included in this selection are pocket squares from the The Tie Bar, Brooks Brothers and Sam Hober.

Brooks Brothers silk pocket square with hand rolled edge. For $40 (or less on sale)

Brooks Brothers silk pocket square with hand rolled edge. For $40 (or less on sale) this generously sized Italian made square was worth it. The cotton squares are machine hemmed so be warned.

SAM-HOBER-HAND-ROLLED-EDGE

This one is from Sam Hober. Difficult to see the white stitching on white linen in the photo but excellent quality edges and they use premium materials. $30 for Libeco-Lagae Belgian linen.

This is what I would call drunken stitch. The quality was actually better a few years back. Price is very low ($10 and under).

This is what I would call drunken stitch. The quality of The Tie Bar was actually better a few years back. Price is very low ($10 and under) and the stitching quality is not high. You could use these to experiment with different colour and pattern combinations and then buy high quality squares that are similar when you feel a particular combo really works

Joseph Fields