About Otway & Orford


Vintage football, rugby scrum and Italian Job Mini Coopers inspired silk pocket squares by Otway & Orford, made & hand-sewn in England in collaboration with leading artists


Welcome to Otway & Orford and silk pocket squares with a difference, proudly Made in England. This new venture is inspired by my grandfather, a captain of several glamorous liners during the 1920s and 1930s, who always sported a pocket square whether at sea or on land. Our brand is named after two of the ships he served on.

We work with one of the top makers of pocket squares, located in Macclesfield, the home of English silk printing. This results in a full-size silk pocket square of the highest quality, expertly printed on the finest quality silk twill and beautifully finished thanks to the hand-rolling and hand-sewing of the edges to create a distinctive 'shoestring' hem. This traditional quality would have been familiar to my grandfather. 

Our difference comes from combining traditional quality with a dramatically different approach to design, which definitely would have been unfamiliar to my grandfather. We have collaborated with some of the finest artists of vibrant aviation, automotive and sporting art to produce colourful, stylish and unusual pocket squares featuring subjects close to every man's heart.

The artists' original works, dating from the 1930s through to the present day, were inspired by perennial favourites including the Spitfire, the Red Arrows and sporting action from the worlds of rugby, football, cricket, horse racing, sailing and classic motor racing among others. This means that men can keep something close to their chest that is not only stylish but also reflects their passions and interests. If you can bear to scrunch up the art designs, they take on a lovely abstract form and allow the wearer to keep their design a secret, if they so wish.

Every vibrant work of art has been chosen not only for the artist’s stirring interpretation of the subject but also for its broad colour palette. Numerous colourful looks can easily be created with each unique pocket square, to bring a contemporary flourish to any top pocket from the formal through to more casual.

Otway & Orford art design pocket squares make unique and stylish gifts, for even the 'hard to buy for man', on any occasion thanks to the quality, colourful nature, highly collectable designs and complimentary gift box with blueberry-coloured lid and pale blue base. Inside each smart Otway & Orford box, the pocket square has been carefully wrapped in tissue and is accompanied by a card telling the story of the artist and their artwork. To make gifting even easier, we also offer a gift-wrapping service.

We hope you will be as excited as we are when you come aboard and discover the Otway & Orford collection.