The first handkerchief is said to have been used by the Egyptians in 2,000 BC and was made of white linen cloth. In Ancient Greece it was used by the rich, after being perfumed. King Richard II of England (1367-1400) began using it in the 14th century for hygiene reasons. It acquired its square shape in the 18th century when Marie Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI, complained about its size. Pocket squares became widely known in the 20th century. In fact, in the 1940s men matched them with the matching tie. Today their size ranges between 25- 45 cm and they are made of silk, linen or cotton.
The origin of the scarf dates back to Ancient Egypt. It is rumoured that it was Queen Nefertiti who first wore it. During the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, in 230 BC, it was used on military uniforms to denote rank. As an accessory it began to become fashionable in Queen Victoria’s 19th century. In World War I many scarves were sent to soldiers at the front to protect them from adverse weather conditions. In fact, pilots also wore them to protect their necks from friction during flights. The first company to produce silk scarves after the end of the war was Liberty of London. In 1937 Thierry Hermès created the first luxury scarf, with raw silk that he sourced himself from China. Since then, silk scarves have become a style statement for both men and women.