Hank Takes Pocket Squares from Extra to Essential

Hank

Hank

If you’re a guy, you’ve probably got a handful of pocket squares that you rotate through (or, if you’re like me, you just keep ’em stashed in your jackets). Originally, the handkerchief you tuck into your breast pocket was probably used to dry tears from fair maidens, or to hand to a damsel in distress, maybe some guys even used them to dab sweat from their brows, but today, they’re purely decorative. But Hank, a new brand that’s the brainchild of Liam Fayed, half of the design team at NY-based  menswear line Bespoken, the pocket square gets new life and moves from something that’s just for show to something you can actually use.

Hank how-to

Hank how-to

The breast pocket is a tricky one. Firstly, it’s usually sewn up when you get a new jacket and secondly, you can’t fill it with much or you’ll look like you’ve got a lumpy chest (or worse, some sort of deformed boob). So for the past say, eons, all guys have done is slide a pocket square in there and call it a day. Maybe you put your sunglasses in there once or twice, maybe you’ve tucked a wilting bloom in there, too (note: that goes on your lapel), but Hank’s ingenious combination of form and function make the breast pocket a real estate treasure trove. Girls have bags to lug their things in, but guys aren’t so lucky, so Fayed devised Hank to stow goods while keeping things slim and sleek in your pocket.

Hank

Hank

Each Hank, which ranges from $35-40, is designed with two pockets and a built-in puff, so to the average bystander it’ll just look like you’re sporting a run-of-the-mill pocket square. But look closer and you’ll see that the pockets are perfect for holding your daily essentials: slip in your sunglasses or your phone and a few cards and you’re set. No man-bag necessary. You might even be able to forego using a wallet if you’re so daring (stash your cash on a money clip like a grown man, son). The first collection includes designs in everyday stripes and slightly subversive denim as well as plaids, polka dots, and #menswear’s next big print, bandana paisley (consider it the new camo). And just like they slip perfectly into breast pockets, we think they’ll fit right into this season’s fuzzy stockings, too. Drop a few hints and you’ll be on your way to copping this pocket ace.

Available at www.meethank.com.

Images courtesy Hank

 

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.