Who Invented The Pocket Square?
There are many items in our society which we just take for granted, never even taking time to consider where it originated. The pocket square is one such product which falls into this category. We simply pick one up from the collection, fold it to the desired shape and slip it inside the chest pocket of our blazer without giving a second thought to its backstory. I think it is time to take a look into its history and find out where this fashionable accessory came from.
Due to the passing of time and the inconsistencies in regards to how facts were recorded, many details are quite vague and sometimes a substantial amount of guesswork is involved, so unfortunately much of the following information cannot be guaranteed. However, they are still fascinating insights which can be shared or discussed around the dining table!
Many historians credit Richard II from England with the invention of the pocket square, during his reign from 1367 - 1400. This quote explains its use perfectly "as a little piece of cloth for the Lord King to wipe and clean his nose". In the years following, many of the so called upper classes opted to use a handkerchief as a fashion accessory, but more importantly many were scented as a means to help block their noses from the smells of the streets inhabited by the general public. Throughout this time, these cloths began appearing in many different shapes and sizes and were crafted out of various unconventional materials such as silk. They were increasingly weaved with more beautiful and exotic designs, usually to distinguish the owners status and wealth.
Fast forward to the 16th Century and moving across Europe to Italy, where they were responsible for creating some of the most beautiful pieces made out of lace with some truly intricate designs and patterns. These were then imported to England where they were deemed so important, they were rarely discarded and in fact passed down from generation to generation. This trend became so popular within the top hierarchy that it continued through to the Tudor era, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were rumoured to have be given handkerchiefs as presents. This then became commonplace and Royalty was regularly receiving them as gifts.
Once we reached the 19th century, fashion had once again changed and the mens two piece suit was the next big thing. The majority of the male population would own at least one suit. This led to the observation that storing your clean handkerchief amongst your coins and other items in your trouser pockets was quite unsatisfactory. It wasn't long before the fashionistas of the day to transfer the item wot the top left breast pocket, safely out of harms way! Continuing into the 20th century where the pocket square garnered even more popularity, more so as a fashion accessory than as a a practical item. This was largely due to the prevalence of the disposable tissues, less and less people were spoiling their beautiful pocket squares by actual using them. Its popularity reached its peak during the 40's and the 50's thanks to many Hollywood movie legends opting to wear a pocket square with their suits, either on the silver screen or just during their everyday lives. Of course, over the next few decades the popularity of the classic style began to decline. Suits were usually restricted to office wear or special formal occasions, as such the pocket square was almost forgotten.
However, in recent times, there has been a massive resurgence in gentlemen fashions and especially the dapper gent style or Italian style suits, which of course has given the pocket square trend a new lease of life! Fashionable men of today will always add this accessory to their ensemble to give that extra touch of elegance to their outfit! Take a look at our stock of ties sets (which include a matching pocket square) to find one which will match your Cavani suit!
Cavani Draco Navy 3 Piece Suit Review
Now our blog is up and running, we will be running regular articles in which we review one of our products. We will take an in depth look into one of our many available products, discussing the fit, comfortability, colour and design. Focusing on these key factors will help us provide an all round view and summary of each piece. First up is the Cavani Draco Navy Three Piece Suit which has the honour of opening our blog reviews!
With fashion, first impressions are everything, fortunately this suit instantly demanded my attention with its rather unique visual design. The typical navy suit has been snatched from everyday normality and given a glamorous boost! Just by adding a subtle check print across the whole length of the material has given an otherwise unassuming three piece suit a touch of magic! This model is just as suited (pun intended!) for an upcoming wedding, an evening at your favourite restaurant or even to liven up your drab office attire.
The texture of the suit is comprised of a nice soft texture, no worries that it will cause any inconvenient itching when worn. It is constructed from a heavier material compared to similar pieces, but this just adds to the feeling of quality. The suit is comprised of 2 buttons on the front, left and right pockets and of course a chest pocket (if you wish to add one of our colour squares). Internally there are 2 pockets to provide you with locations to store your requisite items. Special mention must go to the jacket lining which features a colourful selection of worldwide stamps as well as a larger section displaying a beautiful sea view. The buttons have an almost ombré effect blending blue and black together, each proudly displaying the Cavani name which is stamped onto the front. In addition there is an attached pin bearing the Cavani logo situated on the right lapel.
Finally we come down to fit. This can make or break any clothing item, but a suit can be one of the most critical to get absolutely correct. Even just a fraction out can mean the difference between a perfect made to measure fit or a sloppy sack you just threw on! Fortunately, the Cavani Draco Suit doesn't let us down in this department thanks to its slim fitted design. The waistcoat was snug without constricting with the option to pull it tighter from the back if necessary. The jacket slipped on without a hitch, sitting in perfect alignment with the shoulders and felt instantly comfortable. Sleeve length on jackets can be the final deciding factor (on many occasions I have reluctantly returned outerwear pieces from all sorts of different brands, usually because of over long sleeves). Once again, Cavani pulls through and provides a winning formula, the tip of the sleeve sits optimally at the start of my wrist. For the trousers, they are a standard style with an ideal fit around the seat area. When it comes to leg length, the Draco model comes in a standard size of a 32 inch inseam, but these can easily be hemmed to make them longer (additionally, there is extra material hidden inside to allow them to be increased if necessary).
In summary, I am very impressed with the Cavani Draco Navy Three Piece Suit which took inspiration from many Italian styled suits. Suitable for many occasions and events, very comfortable and made of an incredibly high standard! Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Stay tuned for future reviews and features on the Cavani blog.
Welcome To The Cavani Blog
We are proud to present our brand new addition to the Cavani family, our fashion blog. Focusing on our current range and new upcoming products. Additionally we will feature fashion and styling guides, but our most exciting feature will be an extensive selection of outfit posts to inspire you!
Before we begin, let us take this opportunity to give you an insight into our background history. The idea for Cavani was first established in one of the most fashion forward locations in the world - Firenze (Florence). We visited this beautiful city during a vacation to Italy in 2010, partly to admire the amazing views but also to witness the twice annual Pitti Uomo fashion event. Famed for attracting fashionable men from across the globe and giving them a platform to wear some of the most amazingly designed and sometimes very quirky suits. Inspired by the fabulous clothing on display, we came to the conclusion that we would love to get involved in some way. Upon returning to British soil, our minds were awash with all the endless possibilities, in that moment we decided to form our own stylish suit brand - Cavani.
Our focus was to transport that Italian flavour back home to the UK, bringing that level of quality and fit with us, enabling fashionable men the opportunity to wear expertly crafted Italian style suits. All of our pieces are designed in house by our team of experts with many years of experience in the fashion industry. We are constantly updating our products and continually adding more items to our line. If you are looking for a blazer, waistcoat, shoes or even a three piece wedding suit, then Cavani should be your first point of call. Our products are stocked in many exclusive boutiques across the UK as well as on our own online store.
We hope you enjoy your stay at the Cavani Blog. Please stay tuned for regular articles and updates. Feel free to leave any suggestions you have in the comments below.