Velvet is one of the most luxurious fabrics around. Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed. This gives the fabric a short dense pile (similar to corduroy), thus giving it a distinctive feel. Velvet can be made out of different fibers including synthetic and natural fibers. Velvet traditionally is made of silk as it’s the softest to the touch. As producing silk cloth can be very costly, velvet is also commonly produced in cotton, mohair, and wool.
Historically velvet has always been linked with wealth and royalty. The fabric was discovered in Egypt in 2000BC and quickly became the choice of powerful rulers everywhere. The fabric at this point was used to make everything from robes to slippers. Fast forward to the 1920’s and velvet is the staple of men’s and women’s wardrobes alike. With all the economic prosperity of the roaring twenties, it’s no wonder this forgotten fabric was back and better than ever.
For men, nothing is more iconic than the midnight blue velvet blazer Sean Connery wore in the first James Bond film in 1963. That, in my opinion, was the quintessential moment for velvet in men’s fashion and we’ll never forget it.
Today velvet in menswear is typically worn to fancy evening events and black tie affairs. Velvet can be found in a multitude of colours including deep red, navy, black, forest green, and many more. With that being said, if I had to choose two velvet pieces every man should own they would be a black velvet blazer and a black monogrammed velvet slipper.