Otway & Orford are based in London and we believe in the benefits of ‘Made in England’. This means we work with trusted partners throughout the country to design, print and hand-finish as well as package our stylish and unique silk pocket squares. Not only does this ensure we tap into the skills and experience available in the traditional home of English silk printing but also that we work with people who can do justice to our collaborations with the talented artists.
Our pocket squares start their English journey by being thoughtfully designed at a boutique design agency in London with extensive textile design experience. The scaling of the art image and the choice of complementary border and hem are crucial to the original vibrant artworks transitioning successfully into desirable silk pocket squares.
The journey continues to Macclesfield in Cheshire, involved in the silk industry since the eighteenth century, where we work with one of the country's top pocket square makers. This family firm takes the unique designs through the production process from beginning to end, retaining the colour and detail of the original works of art during printing and ensuring the overall quality of the finished full-size pocket squares. We produce in small batches allowing us to order only what we need, with no waste.
Using the finest quality Mulberry silk woven into 15oz silk twill contributes to the high-quality reproduction of the designs and gives the characteristic sheen and cool touch associated with top end silk pocket squares. The reproduction of the complex imagery, with its multiple colours and sometimes visible brushwork, is also enabled by highly accurate digital printing. During the printing process, we focus not only on the printed side of the pocket squares but also on the non-printed reverse side using environmentally friendly water-based inks to ensure a good balance between the image strength on both sides. This means that the pocket squares work perfectly whatever fold is used.
The next stage is the labour-intensive hand-rolling and hand-sewing of the pocket square hems. The result is the traditional ‘shoestring’ hem, with its distinctive look and feel, characteristic of top-quality pocket squares and this completes the process of creating our ‘works of art’ on silk.