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Pocket Squares

R. Hanauer's story began when founder Randy noticed there were very few men's pocket squares designed for fashionable purposes alone. After all, a jacket's breast pocket was designed to display a pocket square. Soon, Randy had created his own pocket square business (from his dining room table) and today, they remain a staple of the R. Hanauer accessory collection. We believe, without a pocket square, an outfit is incomplete. Enjoy browsing our diverse and fine collection of handmade pocket squares.

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    Angelica

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

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    Thorpe

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

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    Yellow/White

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

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    Cotton Pocket Square - 205

    $ 25.00

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    White Herringbone

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

    Made in USA

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    Lilac

    All Cotton 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

    Hand-rolled in Italy

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    Solid Royal Pocket Square - 187

    $ 20.00

    Royal

    All Silk 17 inch Pocket Square

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    R. Hanauer Bow Ties

    Blue Peachtree Paisley Pocket Square - 4190

    $ 60.00

    Blue

    Washed Silk 13 inch Pocket Square

    Finished in Italy

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    Green Peachtree Paisley Pocket Square - 4189

    $ 60.00

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    Washed Silk 13 inch Pocket Square

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    Pink Peachtree Paisley Pocket Square - 4188

    $ 60.00

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    Washed Silk 13 inch Pocket Square

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    Solid Black Pocket Square - 192

    $ 20.00

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    Black

    All Silk 17 inch Pocket Square

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    Solid Ruby Pocket Square - 184

    $ 20.00

    Ruby Red

    All Silk 17 inch Pocket Square

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    R. Hanauer Bow Ties

    Walden Hunt Scene Pocket Square - 4086

    $ 60.00

    Burgundy

    All Silk 16.5 inch Pocket Square

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    Navy Walden Hunt Scene Pocket Square - 4085

    $ 60.00

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    All Silk 16.5 inch Pocket Square

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    Teal Walden Hunt Scene Pocket Square - 4084

    $ 60.00

    Teal

    All Silk 16.5 inch Pocket Square

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    Gold Legion Paisley Pocket Square - 4083

    $ 60.00

    Gold

    All Silk 14.5 inch Pocket Square

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    Aqua

    All Cotton 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    Purple

    All Cotton 14 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    Blue/Pink

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

    Made in Fort Mill, SC

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    Navy/Red

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

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    Navy

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

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    Blue/Brown

    All Cotton 14 inch Pocket Square

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    This is a recreation of the iconic Springmaid girls advertising campaign created by Colonel Elliott White Springs of Fort Mill, SC.  By 1946, he had grown dissatisfied with the conventional approach of his N.Y. ad agency.  Springs knew he needed positive brand identity for his inherently uninteresting products--cotton sheets mostly--so he fired his ad agency and developed a stimulating ad technique that would combine humor with sexually and socially charged imagery.  Never before seen in mainstream advertising, Miss Springmaid ads depicted risque' metaphors, giving Springs the title of the "maverick ad leader."

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    All Cotton 15 inch Pocket Square

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    This is a recreation of the iconic Springmaid girls advertising campaign created by Colonel Elliott White Springs of Fort Mill, SC.  By 1946, he had grown dissatisfied with the conventional approach of his N.Y. ad agency.  Springs knew he needed positive brand identity for his inherently uninteresting products--cotton sheets mostly--so he fired his ad agency and developed a stimulating ad technique that would combine humor with sexually and socially charged imagery.  Never before seen in mainstream advertising, Miss Springmaid ads depicted risque' metaphors, giving Springs the title of the "maverick ad leader."

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    All Cotton 15 inch Pocket Square

    Finished in Italy

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    This is a recreation of the iconic Springmaid girls advertising campaign created by Colonel Elliott White Springs of Fort Mill, SC.  By 1946, he had grown dissatisfied with the conventional approach of his N.Y. ad agency.  Springs knew he needed positive brand identity for his inherently uninteresting products--cotton sheets mostly--so he fired his ad agency and developed a stimulating ad technique that would combine humor with sexually and socially charged imagery.  Never before seen in mainstream advertising, Miss Springmaid ads depicted risque' metaphors, giving Springs the title of the "maverick ad leader."

    Lt. Blue

    All Cotton 15 inch Pocket Square

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    Orange

    All Silk 17 inch Pocket Square

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    White/Aqua

    All Silk 14 inch Pocket Square

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    White/Mint

    All Silk 14 inch Pocket Square

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    Orange

    Rishra Linen 14 inch Pocket Square

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    Aqua

    Rishra Linen 14 inch Pocket Square

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    White/Purple

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

    Hand-rolled in Italy

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    White/Navy

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    White/Pink

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    White/Cobalt

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    White/Red

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    White/Black

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    Yellow/Green/Pink/Blue

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

    Hand-rolled in Italy

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    This is a recreation of the iconic Springmaid girls advertising campaign created by Colonel Elliott White Springs of Fort Mill, SC.  By 1946, he had grown dissatisfied with the conventional approach of his N.Y. ad agency.  Springs knew he needed positive brand identity for his inherently uninteresting products--cotton sheets mostly--so he fired his ad agency and developed a stimulating ad technique that would combine humor with sexually and socially charged imagery.  Never before seen in mainstream advertising, Miss Springmaid ads depicted risque' metaphors, giving Springs the title of the "maverick ad leader."

    Lt. Green

    All Cotton 15 inch Pocket Square

    Finished in Italy

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    Yellow/Navy/Red/Purple

    All Linen 15 1/2 inch Pocket Square

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    Green/Fuchsia/Orange

    All Silk 17 inch Pocket Square

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    Lt. Blue/Royal/Red

    All Silk 17 inch Pocket Square

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Pocket square orders placed before 1:00 PM EST Monday-Friday are made and shipped the same day.  Plus, free shipping with orders of $100 or more!

Our Process

Each season our founder, Randy, and son, Randall Hanauer thoughtfully select the fine fabrics out of which our pocket squares are created. Many pocket squares are created from crisp linen to accessorize a bold necktie or bow tie. Most of our silk pocket squares have hand-rolled edges showing their delicate handmade charm. 

When to Wear a Pocket Square

If an event is more casual but a gentleman likes to show his individual style, he may wear a coat, dress shirt and accessorize with a bold pocket square in lieu of a necktie or bow tie. If an event is formal and a gentleman appreciates a traditional, festive look, he should wear a suit, bow tie or necktie and a fine pocket square. To replace neckwear for a formal event, silk pocket squares are always a fine way to dress-up a suit. 

How to Wear a Pocket Square

Pocket squares can be worn to many different functions but one rule we like to follow is to never match a pocket square with a bow tie too closely. Of course we like each accessory to complement one another but we like to avoid wearing the exact same pattern or fabric. If you are looking for the most casual way to wear a pocket square, we recommend a puff fold or a pointed fold. If you are looking for a more formal appearance, we recommend the classic square fold pocket square.

The History of the Pocket Square

Pocket squares have always been a sign of wealth since their origin around 500 B.C. Wealthy Greeks used to carry perfumed handkerchiefs in their breast pocket for covering their noses as they walked the city streets. (Things were not a sanitary back then as they are today!) It is said, in the fourteenth century, King Richard II of England regularly carried a handkerchief for more utilitarian purposes. Like many things, a member of royalty being frequently spotted with an accessory caused said accessory to become popular amongst the people. The modern pocket square was also rooted in utilitarianism as gentlemen would place the handkerchief in their breast pocket before using and then place in their back pocket after. However, the attractiveness of a pocket square placed within the breast pocket soon caught on within the fashion world and men began to carry separate squares, one in the breast pocket and one in their pant pocket.

In the modern world, pocket squares rose to popularity around the 1920s when many men could be found sporting a pocket square with a suit, a vest and a fedora. In the 1940s and 1950s, many found using the pocket square to be unattractive, especially with the emergence of the disposable handkerchief, the Kleenex. Thus, the pocket square became widely used as a fashion accessory only. 

Pocket Square Styles 

At R. Hanauer, we like to give our customer the option of going delicate and classic with the traditional linen bordered pocket square or the whipstitch bordered cotton pocket square. We also carry 100% silk pocket squares in both a traditional silk and a soft, washed silk. When trying to imagine the texture of a washed silk, think of an extremely delicate and fine suede. Whether its a silk, linen, cotton or wool pocket square, we find the most unique fabrics for our customers to sport.