Luxury silk and accessories business, Rampley & Co. has established itself with superior quality and unique designs.
In the review below, Paul Anthony shall be looking at what makes this London-based firm so unique, and a contender for your next pocket square or accessory purchase.
The Rampley & Co. Vision
Founders Elliot Rampley & Simon Cranston were business partners in an advertising agency before founding the company. They felt more passion and drive for working on their own visions and business than others and thus formed Rampley & Co.
Elliot Rampley recalls his school trips in London as a boy being the inspiration of their lines. He was always fond of being well dressed and used pocket squares to a touch of of sartorial flare, but found designs to be lacking. This was unlike that of ladies’ silks and scarves from the likes of Hermès and Liberty Of London, which featured stunning designs.
The company set out to secure rights with some of London’s and the worlds best galleries to use the paintings for their fine silks. Some of the current affiliations include be are not limited to: Museum of London, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, the Tate and Library of Congress.
Each pocket square tells a story with many on their website Rampley & Co having stories of the art and their respective artists.
Rampley & Co continues to add designs to their collection so it’s always worth checking back to see what’s new.
Silk Pocket Squares – Made In England
Each pocket square is made in England from the finest silk, in the perfect size (much larger than typical) and weight for a square.
The size of each pocket square is 42cm X 42cm (16.5″ X 16.5″), which enables it to be more secure in the pocket and not perform a dispersing magic trick!
Furthermore, this stability is enhanced by the fine mulberry twill 100% silk and a hand-rolled edge. The silk was research over several years to find this ideal mix of weight, weave, quality and structural stability. Lastly, the hand-rolled edge is more time and expertise intensive over a machine-rolled edge, but offers a greater fullness and drape of the pocket square.
Prices range from roughly £60 – 75 ($75 – 95 at time of writing – Aug 2018), with a portion of revenue going to the museums or galleries whose work is featured.
Quality & Presentation
As one may have guessed from the above, no expenses had been spared in the design, material or construction of these pocket squares.
This is nice to see in this day and age. Buying one of these seems more like an investment rather than a fast-fashion throwaway piece.
As for the presentation, nothing is lacking here either.
Each pocket squared arrive in a nice branded box, with the neatly-folded pocket square enclosed. Additionally, there was a thank you note signed by one of the founders as well as some nice branded Rample & Co collar stays.
The picture below details the fine hand-rolled edge and accompanying collar stays.
Designs Of All Kinds!
Firstly, the designs are not a one-trick pony and offer a myriad of options. Consequently, wearers don’t have to simply choose pocket squares that they find aesthetically pleasing but have more personal meaning.
Although best known for their fine-art silk pocket squares, they offer a wide variety of designs including American City Maps and Harris Tweed patterns.
Below are the three pocket squares Bespoke Unit founder Paul Anthony owns.
Museum / Gallery Collaborations
Having grown up just outside London and being called Paul, this struck me as a very fitting pocket square! It just seemed to tick all the right boxes.
How To Style
One of the most unique elements of these pocket squares is the sheer variety of textures and colours offered across the painting’s scene.
Above you can see four unique ways that the same pocket square can be worn. As such, it can be worn for a variety of occasions from the office to the even. Furthermore, it can be tweaked to be either conservative or even a novelty talking point.
See our guide on how to fold a pocket square. Feel free to play around with how you style a pocket square, don’t try too hard as organic results look best!
Vintage City Maps
As someone who frequents NYC, this particularly design has frequently sparked a conversation or two!
They have many other stunning designs such as this personal favorite above, featuring many “British Hat Designs”. As someone who is follically challenged, I’m almost always wearing one so it fits nicely with my lifestyle. Note: please excuse the creases, as I have been putting it to good use already!
Other Accessories By Rampley & Co.
Also on offer are:
- Braces / Suspenders (see below)
All of which are in keeping with the same qulaity standards as the aforementioned pocket squares.
Braces (UK) / Suspenders (USA)
Below are the pair of fine English box cloth braces.
I find this material to be perfectly comfortable for braces, and that especially true in the cooler months.
It’s always nice to see brace buttons included, if you’re looking to retrofit a current pair of trousers you own.
If you’re interested in how to style and wear braces, see our full step-by-step guides.
I don’t think you can go wrong with a Rampley & Co pocket square or accessory.
Although the price may seem high for some, these items are of the highest quality. The pocket squares for which they are best known offer outstanding value. They’ll be cherished items in my wardrobe for many years to come.
Do as I did and buy several for yourself that resonate to your identity and lifestyle or make it an ideal personal gift for someone special.
Above Paul Anthony can be seen sporting his favorite summer hat, the Panama, while showcasing it on the “Hats Of Britain” pocket square.
"Unique designs and high quality. Rompley & Co offer exciting new possibilities with their designs for pocket squares that resonate with your lifestyle and personal identity."Rating: . ★★★★★