Andrew Harmon



"It's Okay To Be A Square"

by Angela Edmunds

“Timeless”, “unique”, “innovative”, “classic take with a fresh yet unexpected twist”, “an essential accessory”…are what is being said to describe this amazing new brand.

The Armstrong & Wilson brand of pocket squares incorporates timeless men’s fashion with a splash of modern zest using distinct fabrics, bold colors, and a signature button look to generate a sense of distinction and personality to the traditional pocket square.

A new, bold brand, Armstrong & Wilson encourages the individuality of the man who’s not afraid to stand out amongst the crowd.

The dynamic duo and two of Esquire Magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Men” Ontario Armstrong and Clifton Wilson met in 2000 at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, who instantly knew the fusion of their design creativity, and a shared love of traditional men’s fashion would one day create a great brand. The collection launched in its first retail location at the pop up store Boutique77 in October 2010, and has spread like wild fire ever since. Armstrong & Wilson hit upscale specialty stores across the U.S. and has reached customers as far as Hong Kong. Armstrong & Wilson can be found in Michael Andrews Bespoke (New York), The Shirt Store (New York), Beau Brummel (New York), Andrew Davis Menswear (Indiana), Q Custom Clothier (Texas), Craft Workwear (Los Angeles), Frank DeRito Custom Clothier (Newtown PA), and in three Beecroft & Bull locations in Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Charlottesville, Liles Clothing Studio (Raleigh NC).
Recently, the collection caught the attention of GQ magazine, which featured them on their website.

The look has a well placed detail the button, which is seen in flowers, wood, silk, or bone and in all shapes and colors. “It was a symbol of uniqueness, and giving a signature look” -Clifton Wilson

The story of the box… “Presentation is everything to us.” says From a young age I thought everything that came in wood box was elegant with value.” That is what they want to express with the brand displays, as each store gets a beautiful wooden box with the engraved Armstrong & Wilson button logo and the tag line “It’s Okay To Be A Square”, a colorful inside lining, and a custom gold name plate.

Celebrities getting the A&W bug are musician/actor Mos Def, Grammy Award Winner Anthony Hamilton, Hidden Beach Records artist Jeff Bradshaw, Def Jam recording artist Abraham McDonald, and ESPN’s own Michael Smith have donned Armstrong & Wilson.

Armstrong & Wilson understands it’s great to give back, as they donated $5,000 worth of pocket squares to Career Gear 12th Annual Gala which generates funds, and donated clothing to low-income men to prepare them for job interviews as well as job placement and advancement. Armstrong & Wilson is in the process of designing a signature pocket square for the Happy Hearts Fund whose mission is to improve children's lives through educational and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas, where all proceeds from the squares will be donated to the fund.

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