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Storing handkerchiefs: Reader question

29 October 2012


Hello, 

I’m a new reader of your blog, and I must say I’m enjoying it thoroughly. As I read it, I realised that I had a question I haven’t found a good answer to and it’s been bothering me no end: what is the best way to store one’s pocket squares? I tend to fold them loosely then roll them up, but this can often lead to an unsightly crease or fold line that I feel obligated to hide. Surely there must be a better way!

Thank you,

Ben

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Hi Ben,

Cotton or linen handkerchiefs should just be folded into quarters and kept in a draw. Nothing untoward needs to be done to them, but probably best not to roll them up.

Silk handkerchiefs can be kept folded loosely in the same way, but they are also very versatile and can be stuffed somewhere or even tied into a knot to help keep them secure. They will develop creases this way but these are usually fairly minor and won’t be seen when the hank is stuffed into the pocket anyway.

I keep my silk handkerchiefs tied and stored in a large glass jar. It makes a nice decoration and you can see pretty much all the handkerchiefs at once, just by turning it around. It was inspired by a similar display I saw at the Etro store in Milan once. Etro makes lovely handkerchiefs, too.

Hope that helps

Simon