I first met Ontario Armstrong on the set of NBC’s Today Show in the Fall of 2009. He was one of the five finalists for Esquire magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Man” contest.
Shortly thereafter, capitalizing on the press and creditability that came along with the nomination, he teamed up with a fellow Esquire finalist from Philly and started a line of luxury pocket squares.
Armstrong & Wilson is going on four years now and business is good, thanks in part to their ability to get the squares in the breast pockets of celebrities and influencers such as Lebron James and Yassin Bey (Mos Def).
That said, nobody wears the squares better than the man himself. Here he shows us how he rocks them; always tailored, but usually in separates rather than suits.
1. Burgundy & Navy
“This Burgundy DB has to be one of my best finds from this vintage spot that I frequent in Philly.
It’s a color that I typically wouldn’t go with for a jacket, but once I pulled the complete look together (pairing it with browns, tans and navy) I felt it made a bold statement, in a good way.”
“The little butterfly pin was something cool I picked up at an estate sale… I like little subtle touches like that, after all, I’m an accessories designer.
The watch was another great piece that I came across while shopping for buttons (the distinct detail of an Armstrong & Wilson pocket square)… I love it! It’s a vintage Elgin self-wind watch. I have such a connection with it every time I reach down and wind it.”
“The pocket square and tie are from our latest S/S 2014 collection.
As business has grown, we’ve extended into the neckwear business as well…with future plans of adding small leather goods, and perhaps a children’s line…”
- Vintage Burgundy DB
- Custom White Windowpane Shirt by Nordstrom
- Navy Trousers by J. Crew
- Brown Linen Tie by Armstrong & Wilson
- Tan and White gingham check Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson
- Oxblood Loafers by Johnston & Murphy