The Aviator

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The Aviator

18.00 58.00

100% Silk with multi-colored illustrative design.

Elevate your wardrobe with The Aviator – this one won’t let you down. There’s no limit to how high you’ll soar, so keep your wits about you and take a chance. Life begins where the pavement ends. 

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The Details:

  • Color: Blue
  • 100% Silk
  • 13" x 13"
  • Designed in New York City
  • Made in Italy
  • Rolled hem

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Pocket squares are great conversation starters, and since our brand embodies adventure, we provide the story behind each design to supplement your first five minutes of conversation. So once people compliment you on your new square, you can thank them by sharing the adventure that led to its design.

The Aviator

It takes fierce imagination to question both the laws of physics and high society. The Aviator comes from the story of Pancho Barnes. Born into wealth, she hated the rules and obligations of her social caste and craved adventure. In her early teens she ran away on horseback to Mexico. She caught up with revolutionaries, escaped the attention of authorities, disguised herself as a man, and began to use the nickname "Pancho."

Barnes returned to San Marino, California, with an inheritance bequeathed her on her parents' death. It didn’t take Barnes long to need another adventure, and she turned her attention skyward.  In spring of 1928 she started taking pilot’s lessons.  Her instructor was a World War I pilot, and the airplane had one instrument in it: an oil gauge.  A key chain hung from the control board to determine if they were flying straight, and they looked over the side to judge altitude.  To know how much gas they had, they dipped a string in the tank and estimated how far they could go.  Barnes was immediately hooked, and she bought herself a Travel Air biplane for $5,500.  She was more captivated by the thrill of the early days of flying than deterred by the dangers.  In 1928 on a trip to San Francisco her engine quit, and she had to make eight emergency landings.

Barnes later moved to Hollywood to work as a stunt pilot for movies. In 1931, she started the Associated Motion Picture Pilots, a union of film industry stunt fliers which promoted flying safety and standardized pay for aerial stunt work. She flew in several air-adventure movies of the 1930s, including Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels (1930).

Pancho Barnes is the definition of a true adventurer: someone who is willing to break from conformity and follow her passions no matter where they led her. We hope this square passes her adventurous spirit on to you - spread your wings and don’t look down. 

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Product Number: PV1C32D3

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