facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

The Artful Pocket Square

Christina Garofalo

Eye-catching, colorful pocket squares are bursting out of the jacket pockets at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, each one adding a unique splash of personality to an ensemble. They are the work of Barbara Campbell, whose pocket-square collection was launched three years ago at Saks and numbers some 1,600 editions per year (from $75). And she still sews each one herself in her New Jersey apartment.

“I noticed that some of the guys on the sales floor were wearing these amazing pocket squares. When I asked where they got them, they told me about Barbara,” says Eric Jennings, the vice president and fashion director of menswear at Saks, who immediately contacted the designer. “It’s not often that a large corporation like Saks gets to work with a small artisan who really makes each one of her pieces by hand—especially someone as full of life as Barbara.”

Unlike the slinky shapelessness of most pocket squares, Campbell’s versions are structured and easy to style. Her secret lies in a unique method of stitching, which she says she discovered accidentally, when her sewing machine got stuck one day. The thick edges—often sewn in colors that contrast with the fabric—curl over as though supported by wire. When the fabric is tucked into a pocket, the borders form an almost floral shape.

And like flowers, no two Barbara Campbell pieces are the same. She cuts many of them freehand, which results in subtle variations. Her creations have included a 10-piece pocket square, made for a client who loves color, and a red one with pointed edges that resembles a lotus flower. They come in silk, cotton, lightweight wool, and cashmere, and can be customized to your taste. (www.saksfifthavenue.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…