facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Patching Scarves from Men’s Suit Cloth

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)

Read Next Article >>
Photo by Courmaceul
The French shoemaker’s new footwear offers golfers style and performance…
Photo by John Pangilinan
The leather accessories maker debuts its first-ever store location…
The French brand introduces innovative new designs this season…
The new collection is designed for fast-paced travelers…
The Parisian fashion house has introduced an interactive way to get your necktie fix…
The South Korean menswear line offers the basics with a twist…
Revisit delivers functional leather bags and accessories that are made with eco-friendly elements...
A new footwear collection offers the best basics with a twist…
The jeweler’s son instills the brand’s unique style and metalworking techniques into new...
Copyright by catwalking.com
The new two-level, 2,000-square-foot Mayfair store opens in September…