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The Pocket Square

22 Essential Folds

A.C. Phillips


The definitive illustrated guide to the pocket square: the essential folds, etiquette and style

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'Pocket handkerchiefs are optional, but I always wear one' Frank Sinatra

When, where and how should a gentleman wear the perfect pocket square? This guide features the essential 22 pocket square folds, for linen, cotton and silk, from the simple and elegant ‘Presidential’ to the complex and flamboyant ‘Bouquet’ fold.

As well as brief descriptions and advice on when to wear each style, the book provides easy-to-follow diagrams of how to wear each fold with panache. Style icons from every decade – Cary Grant, Oscar Wilde, the Duke of Windsor, Fred Astaire, JFK and Yves Saint Laurent – offer style inspiration.

The Pocket Square is the essential gift for the fashion-conscious man-about-town wishing to experiment with the endless possibilities of this precious piece of fabric and turn it into the ultimate signature of their style.

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'Gives a history of the handkerchief as a fashion item and advice on how to wear each style … If you ever wondered how to do the “Presidential” fold, here at last is your answer'
The Times

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 21.0 x 14.8 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Publication date: 16 May 2016

ISBN: 9780500518861

Contents List

The Pocket Square • The Folds: The TV; The Presidential; The Peak; The Two Point; The Tulip; The Four Point; The Cruiseliner; The Cagney; Four of a Kind; Diamonds are Forever; The Croissant; The Tail Fin; The Diagonal Shell; The Windsor Puff; The Cooper Puff; The Guido Puff; The Fred Astaire; The Rolled Puff; The Dunaway; The Bouquet; The Carrot; The Vesper • How to Wear a Square • Etiquette

About the Author

A.C. Phillips is a connoisseur of gentlemen’s tailoring and pattern-design, with years of patient experience of folding his own pocket squares.

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