Sometimes in shopping for the PTO Gentlemen’s Association, we find ourselves with a bit of fabric that’s not quite long enough or has a bit of extra length. I’ve been making these little gems up into squares, and we’re listing one a week or so as (often extremely) limited editions. Above is this week’s: purple wool, with a gorgeous and very subtle floral overprint. A lovely compliment to navy, orange and green. While supplies last.
Wingtip’s blog interviewed me about pocket squares and the Gentlemen’s Association. You can read the results - including where we get our fabrics, why I love pocket squares and how I fold my square - here.
We were delighted to participate in StyleForum’s year-end charity auction. We added two of our squares to a lot that raised $750 for Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to the winning bidder and to StyleForum for letting us get in on the action!
Our thanks to everyone who stopped by our sale at Wingtip in San Francisco on Boxing Day. My mother and I had a great time meeting dozens of PTO fans, and almost everyone went home with a pocket square (or two, or three, or four).
If you’re in the Bay Area, and you haven’t visited Wingtip, you owe yourself a trip. The building is the former Bank of Italy, right under the TransAmerica Pyramid. There’s one vault full of neckties and one full of mirrors for custom clothing… it’s a really gorgeous space. I even got a great haircut from the in-house barber, Joe Roberts, while I was there.
Besides the sales floor (which is huge), there’s two beautiful floors of private club upstairs where the bank’s executive offices used to be. There’s a cigar room and a Scotch bar and a wine cave and a boardroom… it’s a sight to see. The coolest part is that your club dues can be spent in the store. So it’s sort of half private club, half customer loyalty program.
Lots of folks have been emailing asking if they can get in on the action other than in-person. At the moment, the answer’s no - we can’t run a web business at sample sale prices. If you want to get in on the PTO pocket square action, join the Gentlemen’s Association.
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…
Trent Scovell is a member of the PTO Gentlemen’s Association, and he blogged the unboxing of his first (and second) PTO square. Gorgeous photos, a bit of commentary, and even a couple of shots of our tags. Trent: you’re awesome. Thank you.
You can learn more about the Gentlemen’s Association here, and we always appreciate your photos of our squares in action - blog them or tweet or email them to us!
For members of the Put This On Gentlemen’s Association: a cotton-wool blend square for winter and early spring. Shipping from Los Angeles the first week of December. Enjoy!
Fall is Coming
Just picked up the first few of our next round of Put This On Gentlemen’s Association pocket squares. English silk; distinctly autumnal.
There’s still a week to sign up for this round. Our squares are quite literally hand-made; cut by hand and sewn by hand in Los Angeles. Because our manufacture is in-house, and we have no retail partners, we’re able to offer them for dramatically less than you’d pay in a fine men’s store.