Features: Focus


Preppy With Panache

Polo shirts. Logos. Plaids. Blazers with pocket squares. Penny loafers. Khakis. Madras prints. Pearls. Bow ties. And, of course, that mainstay of eyewear, the P-3 shape… re-emerging and taking the fashion world by quiet storm once again. A blend of nostalgia and classic with a modern interpretation. It’s sassy and simple. It’s the preppy look through and through in a special double focus.

About Bow Ties

  • Dating to the 1700s, the bow tie received its name from the French, jabot, (pronounced ja-bow), a type of readymade 17th century lace cravat.
  • Originally, bow ties were made of swaths of material in straightforward lengths and various widths, much like now. However, in the mid 1800s, tie-makers started to shape bow ties to obtain definitive forms—the predominate form being a diagonal curve when tied.
  • The enduring popularity of the black bow tie dates to 1886, when Pierre Lorillard V invented the tuxedo as an alternative to the tailcoats worn with white bow ties.
  • In the 1940s and 1950s, Frank Sinatra popularized bow ties for daily wear.
  • Today the colors, fabrics and designs of bow ties have exploded.
  • The skill required to tie a bow tie is essentially the same as that of tying your shoes
From top: PRINCIPE from Lafont; FLEXON Magnetics 723 from Marchon Eyewear; JONES NEW YORK MEN’S 304 from Rem Eyewear; BROOKS BROTHERS 325 from Luxottica Group; ESPRIT 9264 from Charmant Group USA

Bowtie courtesy of Robert Talbott, (800) 747-8778, www.roberttalbott.com

About Pocket Squares

  • A pocket square (handkerchief) is a thin, square cloth, typically made of linen, cotton or silk.
  • The first pocket squares were small pieces of silk tissue used by clergy at the altar and carried in the hand for both utilitarian purposes and for dress. They quickly became an essential accessory.

  • Although originally offered in many designs, in the 18th century, the square shape was defined as being the standard, based on a version made by Marie-Antoinette. Louis XVI published a decree stating the length and width of each piece must be equal.
  • In the early 20th century, the square was folded and placed in the breast pocket of suits, soon becoming the sign of style and stature.
  • Today pocket squares are worn in blazer or suit jackets by men all over the world as a must-have accessory.
From top: POLO RALPH LAUREN 1928 from Sàfilo USA; KENNETH COLE 919 from Marcolin USA; ANGLO AMERICAN 406 from Anglo American Optical; MODO 201 from Modo Eyewear

Pocket square courtesy of Robert Talbott, (800) 747-8778, www.roberttalbott.com