Put This On Pocket Squares: Fall/Winter 2013

We’ve just added two dozen beautiful new squares to our shop for fall and winter. There are English silks, vintage wools, Indian cotton and so much more. I think this is the best group of squares we’ve ever released.

View the new collection here… and if you buy two or more pieces from our new collection today, and we’ll give you ten dollars off with the coupon “NEWNEW.”

Put This On Handkerchiefs

A few months ago, one of the most significant shirting shops in New York City closed. It sold only to the trade, and specialized in the finest cottons from England and Italy. They had to sell off their stock - decades of beautiful shirting fabrics.

Luckily, we got in on the action. We had the folks at the shop ship us a box of their finest stuff - all in lengths too short to make into shirts. Perfect, of course, for pocket squares.

The result is a limited-edition handkerchief collection. These pieces are made from the best cotton in the world and are hand-made, with hand-rolled edges, just like our other Put This On pocket squares, but they’re priced so inexpensively that you can use them to blow your nose if you want to. The squares are just $35 each, three for $95, or five for $125… but when they’re gone, they’re gone.

You can see the full selection here in our Etsy shop. Pick up a drawerful!

(Use code THREEHANDKERCHIEFS or FIVEHANDKERCHIEFS for discounts.)

Put This On: Consolidation (Milan)

Milan is one of the world’s great fashion capitals… but these days, it’s dominated by one megaconglomerate: Prada. How does this consolidation affect craftsmen? What about consumers? We went to Milan to ask those questions.

This is just one segment from our latest episode; you can (and should!) watch the whole thing right here.

Put This On Season 2, Episode 6: Consolidation

Gucci Gucci Louis Louis Fendi Fendi Prada… what happens when a hundred artisans’ shops become a few global megacompanies? We went to Milan, Italy, to talk to small-scale makers who work in the shadow of fashion conglomerates like Prada. It’s one of our most ambitious episodes and the grand finale of our season.

Take Antonio Pio Mele, a cobbler who makes shoes by hand in a small shop in central Milan. He’s grateful that huge brands occasionally hire him to make samples, but he’s angry they rarely pay him on time and that their “bespoke” operations are rarely genuinely bespoke. Scholar Alex Pietrogiacomi provides some philosophical context, and photographer Simone Falcetta explains how consolidation has changed the fashion world.

We also talk to Milanese dandy Pino Pipoli, Dave Hill offers a rudiment about black suits, and the beautiful Valentina Galbiati gives us a guided tour of Milan’s most influential and beautiful boutique, 10 Corso Como.

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Executive Producers: Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor

Director: Benjamin Ahr Harrison

Host / Writer / Producer: Jesse Thorn

Rudiments: Dave Hill

Producer: Gianluca Migliarotti

Director of Photography: Daniele Vascelli

Sound: Daniele Belli

Editor: Brendan Ferrer

Subtitle Translation: Giovanni D’Amico

Put This On, Season 2, Episode 6

Our grand finale, on the consolidation of the fashion industry. Filmed in Milan, Italy.

Coming tomorrow to Put This On.

Not caught up? Watch the first five episodes of season two now.

Average young men—in the male of the species, interest in fashion dies at middle age—have become so overwhelmed by images of the flamboyant that they find their own clothing shamefully deficient. The solution? To look acceptable, dress exactly as the Internet tells you.”

(Full story at the Wall Street Journal)

I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop into Wingtip on Wednesday. We’ll have a couple hundred handmade pocket squares for sale at crazy prices, plus Wingtip will be kicking off their annual sale. Should be a lot of fun, and a great place to spend that Christmas check from grandma. And it’s just a couple blocks from Montgomery BART, in the shade of the Transamerica Pyramid. No guarantee that 80s Willie Brown will be there, but we’d love it if he showed.

I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop into Wingtip on Wednesday. We’ll have a couple hundred handmade pocket squares for sale at crazy prices, plus Wingtip will be kicking off their annual sale. Should be a lot of fun, and a great place to spend that Christmas check from grandma. And it’s just a couple blocks from Montgomery BART, in the shade of the Transamerica Pyramid. No guarantee that 80s Willie Brown will be there, but we’d love it if he showed.

If you’re in the Bay Area for the holidays, stop by Wingtip the day after Christmas, say hi to me and my mom (yes, my mom is helping) and pick up a little holiday gift for yourself at our special sale. We’ll be offering hand-made squares at significant discounts, and Wingtip will be kicking off their annual “Risk/Reward” sale. No guarantee that Willie Mays will show up to play stickball, but we’ll see what we can do…

If you’re in the Bay Area for the holidays, stop by Wingtip the day after Christmas, say hi to me and my mom (yes, my mom is helping) and pick up a little holiday gift for yourself at our special sale. We’ll be offering hand-made squares at significant discounts, and Wingtip will be kicking off their annual “Risk/Reward” sale. No guarantee that Willie Mays will show up to play stickball, but we’ll see what we can do…

On the podcast Necessary & Sufficient, host Evan Forman sends his guests an envelope containing two index cards, each with a single word. They then open the envelope live on the air. When I appeared on episode 100 of the show, the words were “fashion” and “style.” A discussion followed.