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History of the Men's Scarf


The history of the scarf dates back to as early as the 3rd century BCE. Terracotta soldiers buried with the first emperor of unified China, can be seen wearing tied neck scarves, which were used to denote rank.

Chinese Terracotta Soldier Scarf

In the late Roman empire, a band of linen cloth known as a “sudarium” was part of a standard gentleman's costume, either worn around the neck or knotted around the waist. Emperor Nero wore a sudarium during almost all public appearances, and some coins from his reign even feature him wearing it around his neck.

Emperor Nero Sudarium Scarf Roman Empire History

By the First World War, scarves were a staple winter garment for men. Art from the time depicts soldiers wearing scarves in the trenches - (the iconic trenchcoat, fittingly enough, was also designed by Burberry for the war). Silk scarves were then introduced as an accessory for pilots to protect their necks from the elements, as they flew in open cockpits. 

Cary Grant Only Angels Have Wings Movie Silk Scarf Pilot History

A silk scarf is the perfect accessory to show off your rakish demeanour - it's one of the few accessories for men that makes a statement, while simultaneously projects an air of nonchalance. Whatever age you are, whatever milieu you move in, there is nothing quite so elegantly raffish as a men's silk evening scarf casually draped around one's neck

Deco Island Moonlight Men's Silk Evening Scarf

Our fine, 100% silk scarves are based on bespoke designs by our London-based artist Chris Bardo. Each collection has their own individual story, and offers a few different expressions of its base theme, giving you different ways to express your style. Far from being just an ordinary plain scarf, these are statement pieces, designed for evenings out and special occasions. 

The Huntsman Evening Silk Scarf For Men

With inspiration derived from William Morris, John Tenniel, and the Arts & Crafts Movement, these silk scarves are sure to stand out, cultivate interest, and become the talking point at upcoming occasions & events.

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