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More Than a Fashion Statement

The elegance of a handcrafted pocket square has been a sophisticated fashion accessory for men since it gained popularity in the 1920s. Placed in the breast pocket of a suit or vest, this simple piece of cloth made a bold statement about the level of a man’s sophistication and style. 

But the accessories made by Eagles and Angels Limited are more than just fashion statements.

Whether it’s a pocket square cut from a fallen hero’s vest, or a carry-all salvaged from a Pearl Harbor survivor’s duffel bag, our accessories are a statement about the pride one feels for one’s country and the gratitude one feels for those who have sacrificed for it. 

Eagles and Angels Limited, Inc. (E & A) was started by retired, Army Special Operations combat veteran Tom as a way to honor the stories of US Veterans by making high class, fashion accessories out of their old uniforms and gear. In partnership with US-based manufacturers Genil Accessories, M & S Schmalberg, and Sew Lab USA (known for their work with Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, and Vineyard Vines), E & A has developed the landmark Cloth of HeroesTM line. 

For more about our various collections, the notable US military personnel who have already donated, and which notable public figures are wearing our accessories, see our Donate a Uniform page. 

 

The Beginning

            The attic was musty and warm as Tom and his daughter sorted through old boxes. Whatever they had been searching for was forgotten when Tom’s daughter happened upon a dusty box, tucked away in a corner. In it, she found an old camouflaged Army uniform.

            “What is this?” she asked.

            Twenty years’ of memories washed over Tom.

            “It’s from a long time ago,” he responded.

            As his daughter dug deeper into the attic, she found more and more boxes, and more and more uniforms. Carefully, she laid each piece of her dad’s history on the attic floor.

            “Tell me about these, Dad,” she asked as she brushed dust off a faded name-tag revealing her family name.

            “That one is called chocolate chip,” Tom mused. “And that’s woodland.” Memories and moments echoed in his mind.

            Smiling softly, Tom put his arm around his daughter and hugged her close to him. Then, he did something he had never been good at—he talked about his service. He talked about the 20 years he had spent in the US Army, about being a Ranger, about serving in Delta Force, about his Bronze Stars and his Combat V merit device, about the friends he had gained, and about the friends he had lost.

            “You’re a hero, dad,” she said. But Tom didn’t think so. “Hero” was never a word that he was comfortable with.

            Tom’s thoughts drifted—he had never intended not to tell his daughter these stories, but there had never been a reason. Life had simply moved on and these stories, like his uniforms, had been boxed and tucked away in his mind’s attic. If his daughter had never heard his stories, how many other stories had never been heard?

            “You should do something with these,” his daughter suggested. “Something good. They deserve it.”

            Tom realized she was right. These were stories his daughter wanted to hear. They were as much a part of who she was, as they were a part of who he was.

            If his old uniforms had started a conversation with his daughter, could other uniforms start other conversations? Could they start conversations between mothers and sons, between veterans and friends, or between officers and civilians?

            Tom realized that these were not just his stories—they were his daughter’s stories and his country’s stories, too.

            Telling these stories is what Eagles and Angels Limited was created to do. Tom and his daughter’s hope is that the Cloth of HeroesTM line will give friends, families, and supporters a way to honor the sacrifice of these great warriors, while also giving donating soldiers a way to share their own stories with an appreciative and caring public.

Make a statement. Support our veterans. Share their story. 

 

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