Patching Scarves from Men’s Suit Cloth

  • Margo Petitti Flag
  • Margo Petitti Kitty
  • Margo Petitti Oscar
  • Margo Petitti Oscar
  • Margo Petitti Willy
  • William Kissel

Margo Petitti was working toward her degree in landscape architecture when a friend in the men’s tailored clothing business handed her some discontinued fabric swatches and challenged her to do something creative with them. Rather than stitch the ubiquitous quilt, Petitti fashioned the wooly Prince of Wales plaid and houndstooth squares into a patchwork scarf she later gifted to her father. The creative mixing, matching, and sewing of men’s clothing swatches into elaborate patchwork designs was so inspiring to the young grad student that Petitti abandoned her horticultural studies to launch a signature scarf business. Now the 28-year-old entrepreneur makes frequent trips to luxury Italian mills such as Vitale Barberis, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Fratelli Piacenza in search of cloth to create her American-made scarves and, more recently, pocket squares.

Produced in a small factory in Fall River, Mass., each limited-edition or one-of-a-kind 80-inch square scarf ($95 to $325) is completely hand-sewn to Petitti’s demanding specifications. “With stripes and plaids, if you’re off by even an eighth of an inch it makes a big difference, so I insist every design be on point,” says Petitti, whose wool, cashmere, and silk designs are currently available on her web site, and at specialty retailers such as On the Fly in San Francisco, and Paul Stuart (under private label) in New York. (401.578.6768, www.margopetitti.com)

From Around the Web...
Santoni Colours-to-Order customization process
Design your own pair of custom Santoni monk straps at the Colours-to-Order trunk show in NYC…
Slowear Montedoro ($825)
Round out your blazer collection with an expertly tailored wrinkle- and stain-resistant sport coat…
P. Johnson
The new collection from P. Johnson brings the Land Down Under’s laid-back attitude to bespoke...
Corthay Arca Shoes ($1,750)
The ultimate guide to keeping your shoes looking like new from the footwear fanatic behind Leffot…
Form meets function with five high-design windbreakers from brands like Prada and Ralph Lauren…
From small boutiques to stylish restaurants, discover what these fashion capitals have to offer…
The men’s Spring Summer 2017 looks included tawny leather jackets, ocean-blue separates, and pops of sunny yellow
The iconic French fashion house debuted a range of refreshing new designs in the City of Angels…
Mykita
These must-know eyewear brands are taking spring style seriously…
From sporty Velcro styles to classic leather designs, these five sandals are perfect for spring…
From a waterproof coat to the latest sleek sunglasses, this is everything you need for spring…