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The neckerchief occupies a sort of nebulous position within the universe of accessories. Bigger than a pocket square, but smaller than a scarf, it’s a type of bandana, but don’t forget that not all bandanas are neckerchiefs. Generally speaking, it is a soft and somewhat delicate piece of square fabric.

A neckerchief’s distinguishing factors are defined by its use. Across the globe and throughout occupations, this interesting adornment has seen countless interpretations.

In France, a neckerchief worn with a St. James Breton shirt is practically a national symbol; in Japan, it’s a staple component of girls' school uniforms; in the United States and England, it’s closely associated with the Scout movement. Of course, it’s also a part of military uniforms around the world.

The neckerchief has graced the silver screen as well. In France, the neckerchief was worn by tough guy Yves Montand in Georges Clouzout’s 1953 thriller, Le Salaire de la peur, wearing it around his neck as he transports nitroglycerin through a South American jungle. In 1972’s Joe Kidd, Clint Eastwood stars as the eponymous bounty hunter, never seen without his trusty black neckerchief. And of course, Cary Grant’s iconic appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955’s To Catch A Thief, where he borrows a bit of the French flair.

These were the movies that inspired Engineered Garments designer Daiki Suzuki to make his own version. While most Engineered Garments products are made in New York, there are a few pieces that must be made elsewhere. These neckerchiefs are manufactured in Italy and are made out of 100% wool.

With a variety of patterns to choose from, pick one up and create your own original style.


Available for purchase in-store and online.