"This pocket square has a world of sentiment attached to it for me. I cannot even begin to describe how awesome it feels to work with such creative people who are able to understand your vision and add to it. Emil & Sandy are on another level."
I don't often find myself getting attached to accoutrements very often, simply because I'm fairly picky. In the instance of my most recent pocket square, things are a little different. This pocket square represents a growth and extension of FREE / MAN, bringing some of the direction and focus into a physical existence versus online. It's also fitted with a long family history, as our logo is actually a stamp of an image taken in 1939, of my late grandfather-in-law and gamekeeper, Walter Bane of Norfolk England.
From the onset I had never planned on having strictly an online presence. When the plans started to fall into place for a pop-up market in Vancouver, I knew who I needed to approach for our first couple of items. Emil, Sandy and I, had the chance to finally meet in person in the combined Hickorees/The Hill-Side headquarters back in January. These two brothers are exactly who you would expect to meet, responsible for the creation of two successful ventures; they're hilarious, kind and creative, willing to go out on a limb and at the same time, quick to respond to the needs of their customers. Emil and I had discussed creating a special tie and pocket square for our pop-up market, and the result was perfect. He stamped our logos on the deadstock, aqua selvedge chambray, picked as a tribute to Canada's West Coast.
Which brings me to this pocket square. Only one of it exists, as it was a special make-up with words of encouragement written on the back of its wrap, numbered 00/40. My version has the repetitive logo's hand stamp across the entire square, in a rich blue colour. I also love the way it's wearing in and taking on a life of its own everyday with some great fold marks and becoming much softer.
If you're looking for a special pocket square to add to your own collection, we still have some available in our online shop. (Not to worry, they have a subtler stamp detail.) Head on over to our shop and check it out for yourself.