The folks at Unpack the Box, a site about the growing subscription-goods world, interviewed me about the Put This On Gentlemen’s Association. What makes a good square? Where does our fabric come from? Find out over at Unpack the Box.
International Shipping Now Available!
After innumerable requests, we’ve broken down and decided to offer international shipping for our Put This On Gentlemen’s Association. If you’re in North America, Western Europe or Australia, you can receive half a dozen hand-made squares a year via international first class mail. Shipping is just $7 - less than our cost.
And of course if you sign up for a year right now, you not only get the best price - $45 per square - you also get a seventh square, white linen, absolutely free. Needless to say it’s a wonderful holiday gift for someone who loves to dress (including yourself).
Put This On Gentlemen’s Association: August 2012
I picked up about half of our next round of pocket squares for the Put This On Gentlemen’s Association last week. A beautiful compliment to a late-summer, early-fall wardrobe, in a cotton so fine that our seamstress asked if it was silk.
You still have about ten days to join the Association if you want to receive an August square. Our direct subscription model keeps our prices about 40% below retail for comparable products.
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as editor of Put This On is selecting fabric for the pocket squares we send to the members of our Gentlemen’s Association. Above are a few that are headed to our seamstress this week. Over the next six weeks, she’ll cut them and roll and sew the edges (by hand), and they’ll be transformed into our next round of squares, which go out June 1st.
The floral was printed by perhaps the most famous fabric print house in the world (who also printed the various designs in our last round of squares). I purchased it in London last year in a tiny shop recommended to me by a friend.
The striped one is new - to me at least. It’s tough to say when exactly it might have been made. It’s an exceptionally fine, lightweight silk that reminded me of summer. I was blown away by its hand, and bought all the vendor had.
And below is something I’m sending to make into samples - a gathered silk that puckers a bit like seersucker. According to the folks I bought it from, it’s at least a few decades old. Again, I bought all that was available, but it’s so beautiful, particularly in its texture, that I couldn’t bear to leave it behind.
Members of the Gentlemen’s Association get a pocket square in the mail, made exclusively by hand in Los Angeles from new and vintage fabrics, every two months. They’re made of the finest materials, chosen by me, and feature full, hand-rolled edges. Because there’s no middle man, you pay about half what you might in a fine men’s store, and if you sign up for a one-year subscription now, your first order will include a white linen square, appropriate with any outfit.
Matt Berninger from The National was over today, and I noticed that his breast pocket was looking a little empty, so I gave him one of our PTO Gentlemen’s Association pocket squares. There are still a few left in our stock made from vintage 1960s Irish linen. Matt’s poof is a little elevated, but it looks pretty good for a first-timer.
The Put This On Gentlemen’s Association Is Here
Today marks the start of the Put This On Gentlemen’s Association.
Join the Association, and you’ll have a hand-made square delivered to your door every two months. We choose the finest new and vintage fabrics from all over the world, bring them to our seamstress’ atelier in Los Angeles to be transformed into squares, then send them via US Mails to our members across this great nation.
Our prices are modest: just $270 for a full year’s membership, or $147 for half a year. Order now, and you can get in on our first shipment, which will be sent out at the beginning of December, just in time for Christmas. It’s a perfect gift for someone you love (even if that someone is you).
Whether you’ve got motorized pocket square racks in your walk-in closet, or you’re just starting down the path of sartorial excellence, the Put This On Gentlemen’s Association is open to you.
Sign up for a year before November 15th, and you’ll receive the perfect white linen square along with your first shipment.
The Put This On Gentlemen’s Association
Accepting Applications for Admission Beginning October 17th.
Silk, Wool & Linen Accessories, Hand-Made in the City of Angels.
A Perfect Gift, For Yourself or Someone You Love.
"When God made jackets, he put a pocket there."