Quest of the Daimyo

In the 1860's, it was illegal for the Japanese to travel, particularly to the West, yet we found out about several groups that were recruited and secretly sent by regional leaders (daimyo's) to London to study, learn and bring their knowledge back to Japan. We imagined that in a foreign country, with both language and cultural barriers, in clothing one has never worn, these students would have wanted something that would remind them of home. We created pocket squares with this in mind, thinking that they would have worn these as a way to hold onto a piece of what they knew, without attracting undue attention.