When silk paintings masquerade as pocket squares
English brand Rampley & Co make some exceptional pocket squares, but they’re not cheap.Robert Chilton October 12, 2016
Spots and stripes are all very well on a pocket square, but you could make a more dramatic statement with your accessory, such as the Battle of Trafalgar for example.
Elliott Rampley is co-founder of Rampley & Co, a luxury English brand breaking new ground with its artful pocket squares. He spoke to EDGAR and told us why he believes pocket squares should pack some punch.
Why do you make pocket squares with such bold prints and pieces of art?
I’ve always worn and loved pocket squares but I found it amazing that women’s scarves have had these stunning patterns and designs ever since Hermés in the 1930s and yet nobody was doing the same with the male equivalent.
What kind of pocket squares were you seeing in stores?
Most of the retailers had the same old paisley, polka dot and flat colours, which are all wardrobe essentials, but I was looking for something a little different. We wanted our pocket squares to tell a story.
Is Englishness a key part of the Rampley brand?
Absolutely. When we launched we were very keen to keep as much of the manufacturing as possible in England. Inevitably our creative process is inspired by what is around us, as well as other English brands and the fantastic institutions we’re working with such as the National Gallery.
Rampley pocket squares have hand rolled edges – why is that important?
Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice, plump finish on the edge. This adds more structure to your square and will help avoid slippage in the pocket. It’s a much more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with quite a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel.
What can a pocket square do for a man's outfit?
Men’s fashion can be often quite monotone when it comes to smart attire, but the pocket square lifts an outfit. It’s that little flourish that will get you noticed and adds intrigue that you wouldn’t get with a tie or socks.
Which pocket square has a special place in your heart?
The Death of Major Peirson is still my favourite and our best seller. It’s a fantastic piece of art by John Singleton Copley that has a wonderful story [French and British forces fighting The Battle Of Jersey in 1781]. But most of all, it’s an exceptionally beautiful pocket square.
Prices start at around AED 220; rampleyandco.com