X (Ten) Of Pentacles was founded in 2016 on the heels of several tragic events. Our founder and Designer , Marcel Ames, was on track to join the ranks of the Richmond Police Department circa 2014. About 2 months shy of graduating the academy, he suffered from a concussion during training. Following months of physical therapy and treatment, he was unable to return.
Shortly after, Marcel was blind-sided by the abrupt death of his father, followed by the loss of his home. While searching for a new career, dealing with grief, and working through post-concussion syndrome- Marcel began sketching as a therapeutic outlet. When there were no design jobs available, he decided to pool his resources and create the brand you know today as X of Pentacles- teaching himself design and pairing it with an obsessive passion for menswear. Many of those therapeutic sketches drawn at the kitchen table became the first pocket square collection.
What We Stand For
X of Pentacles (pronounced "Ten of Pentacles") represents tradition, individuality and timeless elegance.
Our Mission is to deliver products that take an unconventional and soulful approach to Sartorialism.
Our Goal is to offer something that embodies craftsmanship, respects tradition, and serves as a tool to express your own individual narrative.
Our Products are available in limited batches and only available to purchase through this website- Products are occasionally available to purchase in person at our trunk shows.
Our Designs are centered around use of lightweight fabrics, thoughtful color palettes, and distinctive prints. Whereas motifs (a repetitive pattern) are often popular with accessories, we find that our design ethos allows more to be interpreted. In order to set ourselves apart, we tend to shy away from basics (regimental stripes, paisley, polka dots, etc) as those can be found a dime a dozen. All products are designed by Marcel in Richmond, Virginia and produced by hand in partnership with mills in England and Italy.