How We Make Them
Our team spends numerous hours making sure that each lapel pin is created with the highest craftsmanship. Since each one is hand made, there will be minor variations from one pin to the next but in general it will adhere to the highest standards at Howard Matthews Co. All our pins have our HM monogram on the back to ensure you are receiving a quality lapel pin. The pin all use a pin lock to make sure that it is not easy for small children to open them and that it keeps the pin looking sharp.
You came to this page because you wanted to know what makes us so special. Most guys that have bought lapel pins before will continue to buy them because they know this single piece of item can really make a subtle difference in the appearance of a suit. Most of the lapel pins in the market have stated they are hand made in so and so country, but yet the same design can be seen from one company to the next. Another area where you notice a big craftsmanship quality is that you will start to see glue or adhesive stains on the lapel pin. High quality craftsmanship is able to seal and hide the appearance of the glue/adhesive. In short, when you have a quality lapel pin, you want to look for...
2. Choice in material
3. Craftsmanship of the overall pin
4. Pin lock
5. Our HM monogram on the back
Our tie clips are designed by our team of designers and management team. Our design inspirations is derived from our network of professional affiliations that are mostly client facing all the time. With this in mind, we focus on high quality finishing and subtle lines without attracting too much attention away from the tie itself. We choose a variation of colours that are trendy and combined with the right tie, it makes for the perfect accent.
Mould Creation | Quality Control | Finishing
Since each tie clip is different, we create a unique mould to cast each metal tie clip. It is then sanded and polished (or coated) to give the desired finishing to our standards.
Most quality control happens at the end of production almost ready for packaging, but our quality control happens right after the polishing or coating. Any defects here will be thrown away and re-cast again. Once the clips past quality inspection we send them for our Howard Matthews Seal of approval. Like our other products, we laser etch each item so that it adheres to our quality standards.
Pocket SquaresFinding the right type of material
Breakdown of Pocket Square (Handkerchief) Materials
Advantages: Many patterns, highly durable, easy to clean, easy to fold
Disadvantages: Does not have that shiny effect
Advantages: Many patterns, has the shiny effect
Disadvantages: Not durable, not easy to fold, not used as a functional piece
Advantages:Many patterns, resembles silk
Disadvantages: Not used as a functional piece, does not withstand wear and tear, budget appearance
Disadvantages: Inexpensive looking, not durable at all, not used as a functional piece
Advantages: Inexpensive, light weight, array of patterns
Disadvantages: Not durable, not strong enough to use as functional piece especially during winter seasons.
Folding or Rolling?
Pocket Squares generally have two types of finishing for the edges.
Both folded and rolled edges of a pocket square requires intricate craftsmanship. As of today, all of Howard Matthews Co. pocket squares are folded to create a lovely border of the pocket square to give a fuller appearance when tucked in your suit pocket.
All Howard Matthews Co. pocket squares have our monogram stitched on the bottom corner. This can either be exposed a bit to show multi-color pattern or folded away in the jacket pocket for a cleaner look. It is all up to your preference on how to wear or fold your pocket square.