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


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Reader Comments (5)

Great idea and as someone who has a "techy" son who also happens to wear glasses, I would buy one it a heartbeat. Let me know when you have some to sell and I'll be your first customer!

Have a blessed day!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Aw, thanks Margaret. Okay, if I actually do it, you'll be the first person I tell :)

September 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterSweet Peach

As an electrical engineering student, I really like this idea and I would also like to know when they are available for purchase! My two cents are that they look too thick to be used as pocket squares. If the cleaning cloth was just on 1/4 the square (and remain a square for max surface area) it would be big enough (IMHO) to clean computer screens and camera lenses without making the the coat pocket bulge abnormally. I would also like to see them made with silk and microfiber so you get the best of both worlds! Great idea though, I hope I will be able to get my hands on one in the near future.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

I'll be honest... I skimmed the title and pictures at first and thought you had created an extra absorbent men's hanky. I've got a bald husband who sweats just walking outside, so I thought this was a brilliant solution to that problem. Lens cleaner works too. :)

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteratlantalee

I love these hankies. These are best for kids for their cleaning.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames Davis

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