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How the Handkerchief Drawer began

Welcome to the Handkerchief Drawer! Have you ever wondered how the handkerchief drawer began? Well it all started back in the 60's. I was originally a "Hanky Agent", but I saw a market and decided to branch out on my own. Working from my garage in Warlingham, with my friend John, who was excellent at helping me move the buckets that were littered around the floor catching the rain when the roof leaked.

I would drive my old Volvo around the area to the different department stores and linen shops offering my samples and getting orders. Originally I only supplied tea towels, but I then expanded and increased my range, widening my delivery areas and now supply throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and worldwide.

We are fortunate to stock and sell products that are licenced by the William Morris Gallery - the only museum dedicated to the life and works of this most prominent figure of the Victorian Arts & Crafts Movement. William Morris Gallery was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856. William Morris himself was a respected English textile designer, artist, writer and socialist of the 19th Century. He has produced many beautiful drawings, noted for their remarkable renderings of interweaving flora and fauna, especially fruits and birds. Many are rich in colours and a firm favourite is the "Strawberry Thief" design shown below - so popular it is available in three beautiful hues with matching handkerchiefs and even cravats! Click on the images below to find out more.

Since those early days of working out of my garage, we now have an office and warehouse in Surrey and our range of products has vastly increased. We are able to offer a wide selection of modern unique designs and timeless patterns, meaning there is something for everyone, men, women and children and it is not all just handkerchiefs!!

So welcome to the Handkerchief Drawer and we hope you will be as impressed with what we have to offer.

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!


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