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This beautiful Fine Drinking map of the principle wine regions of France was made by Mary Holdsworth c.1950. It was issued by the houses of Ayala Champagne, Croizet Brandy and Rocher Liqueurs and sold by The International Wine Library, booksellers to the wine and spirit trade in Montreal, Canada. It is a very unusual and highly decorative map.
We particularly like this pocket square with either a dark or grey jacket as the white and yellow tones provide a nice contrast and subtle pop of colour. In a puff fold you can use the different colours representing the regions for an added dash of colour, or even display the place names as a natural conversation starter.
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What we love about this map, are the small decorative features that give this 1950’s handkerchief an almost work of art like feel to it, yet it is actually thoroughly practical and gives wine lovers a spatial sense of the key wine growing areas of France. We particularly like how the illustrator has incorporated a playful feel with the use of cherubs, while incorporating grapes into the border areas gives it a real sense of fun.
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our pocket squares are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each pocket square its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border. It’s absolutely the best way to finish a pocket square for a variety of reasons but the key ones are for both visual effect and structure.
Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice clean plump finish on the edge and this gives a really nice depth to the edges. It’s a more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel. On top of this, the rolled edges add a lot more structure to your pocket square.
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