The pocket square is an accessory that is steeped in history, and we pride ourselves in keeping its traditional elements alive in our company today. We place a lot of emphasis on unique designs and quality craftsmanship when creating a Rampley & Co pocket square and we’ve explained below what goes into each of our products.
At Rampley & Co our aim is to create pocket squares that are more interesting than the classic paisley, polka dots and flat colours you often see in classic pocket square collections. A lot of the inspiration behind our ranges is taken from art, history and architecture and this is the reason we have partnered with some of the world's most famous institutions including the National Gallery, British Museum, V&A, Library of Congress, The Met, The Wallace Collection, and English Heritage among others.
Our core focus is to produce a product that is not only beautiful and truly unique, but that also tells a story, be that of the painting itself, or the artist or designer behind the work. For example our William Swainson Collection is based on the sketches of a 19th century ornithologist whose work we’d always loved and who lived a quite remarkable life as well as producing some truly beautiful images of birds. Similarly, each of our Fine Art Collection has a remarkable back story and you’ll often find us discussing at length the story behind the Death Of Major Peirson or the artist John Singleton Copley.
All of our pocket squares are designed and printed in the UK and we always ensure that every item is as detailed as the last, taking time to perfect the borders and colour palettes to ensure it’s not only beautiful as a square but provides a number of fold opportunities in the pocket. We have also taken time to experiment with different weights of fabric and have no achieved almost a perfect bleed so the image is almost as sharp on the back as it is on the front.
Finally, there are also certain, defining elements of the pocket square that are absolutely essential in a luxury pocket square. Hand-rolled edging is one such thing, and is often listed as the single most important feature of a pocket square. To achieve the perfect hand-rolled edge you have to roll the hem of the material very tightly with a series of dense stitches (making them nearly invisible on both sides). This lends the pocket square’s hem a plump, refined finish, unlike a machine-finished edge which can have loose threads and generally look flatter. This means each square is truly unique and we like to think a work of art in its own right.
To complement the hand rolled edges we also employ leading hand embroiders in Hand & Lock, established in 1767, for all of our monogramming and bespoke products. Every letter is painstaking sewed by hand and this provides a lovely personal touch to our squares. The best example of this is on our Birds of America Collection, which are predominately white pocket squares and therefore offer a perfect canvas to add initials and dates for special occasions such as weddings or anniversaries.
In terms of actual production, the town of Macclesfield in the UK is globally renowned for the quality of their silk printing, and we use a mill whose history and pattern books date back hundreds of years which gives you a real sense of tradition and craftsmanship.
As well as using traditional pocket square materials such as silk, we also wanted to look into ways of utilising different fabrics and textures while keeping the focus on British heritage. This led to the creation of our Harris Tweed collection, where we rework a traditional British material to breathe new life into the pocket square and create something that perfectly compliments a tweed jacket.
For this product, we’ve also picked out a colour from within the weave and chosen to overlock the edges in a matching tone. This process is all done in Britain and we feel it provides a perfect contrasting edge that jumps from the pocket. You can find out more about how the material is weaved in our Guide To Harris Tweed.
In addition to this, we also work with more textured silk blends such as wool silk and modal cashmere blends. These fabrics give the squares a different texture and feel and complement different jackets and seasons.
We take a lot of pride in producing our pocket squares and always aim to provide a unique and refined product for the gentleman who appreciates quality.