History of suspenders
Suspenders have been around since the 18th century, originating in France. The first version of suspenders were strips of ribbon attached to the buttonhole of trousers.
Suspenders were the only way to hold up a man’s trousers because belts were typically used for military uniforms only. It was also frowned upon to be seen out in public with your suspenders showing.
Francesca originally decided to pursue a career in law and after graduating from Bocconi Law School in Milan, Italy, she spent several years working as a corporate lawyer in the United States, China and Milan. After getting a master’s in fashion law, she realized that her passion lay more on the fashion side than the legal side. In 2013, she decided to combine her love for vintage fabrics and patterns with her eye for quality and well dressed gentlemen to create her first pocket square from vintage silk, giving it as a gift to her boyfriend. He wore it to work, with the accessory garnering lots of compliments. Inspired, she held a party a few weeks later where she sold all 50 of the pocket squares she had made for the event. This success inspired her to continue making pocket squares, and for the next year and a half, she did it as a passion project on the side.