Norton of Morton

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Saturday 4 May 2019

Review: Penelope Cream pocket square

In which G.M. Norton shows off a new texture-tastic pocket square.

I love to sing the praises of British-made products. There's something heart-warming about it. Don't get me wrong, I'm also known to wear French shoes and carry a bag crafted in Singapore, but for me, made in Britain is the pinnacle. 

You may remember my handmade knitted tie from the wonderful Penelope Cream. Every time I wear it, it feels like the most extraordinary treat. The colours, texture, I adore it.

The person behind the accessories business, Penelope, is a lovely lady. Bonding over a combination of a shared Tintin obsession and a love for texture, we talked a lot about some new pocket squares that she was thinking of making. Well, the pocket squares have now launched. I love it when a plan comes together.

There are seven pocket squares in total, two of which feature glass-slide images from the early 20th century which are both stunning. And then there’s the pocket squares that I’m most excited about – a ‘knitted’ pocket square.

Penelope came up with the rather ingenious idea to hand-knit her pocket squares, and then print the designs onto silk, finished with rolled hems for added luxury. The fact that the pocket squares look like wool, but are actually silk works so well.

They really are beautiful. I have the Tumblestone, but they are all special. We discussed pocket square size quite a lot so I was really pleased that the finished squares are sized at 30cm x 30cm. For me, this is the ideal size. I have some squares that are smaller which have a habit of disappearing in my breast pocket. But then I also have squares that are too big and create quite an inelegant bulge.

So far, I’ve paired mine with my trusty Teba tweed jacket but I’m looking forward to seeing what fun combinations I can come up with. My pocket square arrived in a beautiful box, making it a perfect gift idea.

Please do take a look at them and see what you think.

G.M. Norton
Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'

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