The Sensible Hanky...

When I traveled to Phuket, Thailand earlier this year, I decided to design a gift for my cameramen that were working on the tv show along with me. Since tailoring is such a big business here, I came up with the idea of a pocket square/lens cleaner. That's something the guys may actually use...

I found my tailor at the local Nai Yang Beach- it's a small strip of shops and restaurants along the ocean, not far from where my hotel was. 

In all honesty, every tailor shop looked about the same and carried very similar fabrics. I was hoping for some better fabric choices, as many were conservative and there were a ton of stripes and checks. But it's all good, who am I to complain... fussing over fabrics in southeast Asia? This is a fun project, however it ends up. 

I bugged my wonderful Tech Supervisor on the show, T-Bone, to hand over some of his extra lens cleaners. He had them in one size in both blue and yellow. 

After picking out some complementary fabrics, I explained to the tailor my idea- which took a lot of time to translate as it was not your traditional project. As much is lost in translation, the pocket squares came out fairly well but the font was not the one I chose, the letters a bit too big, the stitching on the back was supposed to be hidden...but ah, again, how can I complain? These stylish hankies would be a great reminder of the time we all spent together one hot summer in Thailand...

All the cameramen and AC's got a Sensible Hanky with their first initial on them. I'm thinking of refining the look a bit and making some more here and selling them. The lens cleaners are great for computer screens, eyeglasses, sunglasses, cameras...What do you think? I'd love some feedback...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach