A Menswear Milestone: My First Purchase From Drake’s Haberdashery

It’s a name in accessories that is almost synonymous with menswear.

Drake’s Haberdashery are well known in the menswear community for excellent quality accessories, alongside a range of other clothing.

It’s a name I’ve wanted to add to my closet for quite some time, and thanks to another Australian StyleForum member’s posting about a hefty sale with free worldwide shipping I decided to pull the trigger.

And landed myself a new favourite pocket square.

A Versatile Piece

I bought a patterned square in a wool/cotton mix of 70% wool and 30% cotton. I really liked the colour palette and pattern, as I thought it’d be versatile with a wide range of ties, shirts and jackets. The final price came to around $50, at half off.

It’s quite large in surface area compared to some of my other squares. I was concerned about this at first, as some of the smaller squares even manage to bulk up in my breast pocket once they’re folded and create an unsightly bump.

However, the fabric of this Drake’s square is fine enough to have avoided that issue, regardless of how I fold it. Despite the fineness, it also feels to be quite a sturdy fabric which is reassuring to me as I like to buy things that will last.

How I’ve Worn It So Far

I’ve worn it in a few outfits, ranging from casual to rather dressy. It’s been quite at home in all of them, I think.

I expect to get quite a bit more wear out of it.

Despite most of Drake’s offerings not being within my current bracket of affordability as a university student, I’ll certainly be keeping my eye out for sales to pick up a couple of other things. I look forward to when I’m earning well enough to check out some of their more upscale offerings too.

It’s the first truly luxury pocket square I’ve owned, and the difference between this and all of my other ones is like night and day.

Conclusion: Buying Less and Buying Better

A friend on Instagram once mentioned to me that he had initially owned many pocket squares; but realised once he bought a few versatile, really high quality squares most of the others simply laid in the closet.

The moral of the story was buy less, buy better. It’s good to pick up versatile pieces and see how many combinations you can get out of them.

In a world and a fashion niche driven by visual social media where the M.O. is always to be seen in something different, it can be difficult to take a step back and stem the urge to acquire. It’s something I’ll be challenging myself to do, going forward.

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With content features ranging from appearances on popular menswear hubs (The Rake, StyleForum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is a writer, designer and enthusiast in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

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