BRINGING THE HANDKERCHIEF BACK UP TO DATE MIGHT SOUND LIKE A FUNNY IDEA TO THOSE WHO APPLAUDED, AT A TIME NOT SO LONG AGO, THE ARRIVAL OF DISPOSABLE TISSUES TO REPLACE THOSE SQUARES OF FABRIC THAT WE HELD WITH OUR FINGERTIPS! OTHERS MAY SEE IT AS A CLEVER MARKETING MOVE THAT FITS PERFECTLY INTO A NOSTALGIC, YET MUCH NEEDED ECOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE TREND.
—By Marie-Ève Venne
For Bold & Tailor and Thomas Beaudoin, who have partnered with artist Francois Lapierre to create this collection of pocket squares, it also doubles as a positive tool to bring awareness about endangered wildlife and the importance of practicing environmental sustainability. It’s their way of doing their part, to ensure that future generations can enjoy the natural resources and wildlife this beautiful planet has to offer. With each handkerchief sold from their collection, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Quebec Wildlife Foundation who are working towards conserving and enhancing wildlife and its natural habitat.
During our telephone conversation, Thomas Beaudoin explains his vision behind the collection.
“Yes, it’s a product with aesthetic purposes, 100% made in Montreal, but it’s also a product made to be used time and time again. I also enjoy the idea of it being a colorful statement piece as well as conversation starter about the cause it’s connected to. Fact is, we have taken nature for granted and we are overusing our resources. We are so very lucky in Quebec to have this natural beauty all around us, but we need to be more careful and consider the footprints we leave behind” explains Thomas.
“Our pocket squares are not for men’s jackets only. You can wear it around your wrist and/or as an accessory for your purse. I also like its timeless look. Carrying handkerchiefs is also a way of re-appropriating the codes of a simpler era while affirming our personality” he adds.
Regarding his own style, the actor admits to having a passion for outfits inspired by past decades such as the 1920s.
“I like to break the barriers of time with my outfits and create a timeless look for myself. There’s a certain elegance in the outfits specifically recognizable in different eras. I am also quite conscious of my purchases as I tell myself to buy clothes that will survive the current fashion trends. It prevents me from over-consuming” he says.
While discussing with Thomas Beaudoin, it is apparent that he is very much aware of his surroundings and the impacts of his actions. He is also mindful of his own privilege.
“As an actor, I am lucky to be in a position where people are more inclined to listen to what I have to say and it would be inconceivable for me not to use this opportunity to put the spotlight on social causes that are close to my heart and my own values” explains Thomas.
This explains why, during the pandemic, in the heart of the demonstrations for the Black Lives Matter movement in Los Angeles, he felt compelled to document the protests, which, to him, are an obvious sign that some things need to change on a global scale. Although he shared several photos on his social platforms, he is still considering putting up a photo exhibition.
“I THINK IT IS URGENT TO GIVE VOICE TO THOSE WHO FEEL INJUSTICE. I BELIEVE WE CAN BE SECURE ENOUGH TO LISTEN TO THE CHALLENGES OUR PEERS FACE ON A DAILY BASIS WITHOUT US FEELING THREATENED.”
“I think it is urgent to give voice to those who feel injustice. I believe we can be secure enough to listen to the challenges our peers face on a daily basis without us feeling threatened. In times like these, we have to remember that we are all equals, and it is imperative that we come together and stand up for those who are not treated equally or with respect” he adds.
When he’s not on a film set or defending a cause dear to his heart, Thomas concentrates on his writing projects. He is working on a number of feature films, one of them being the story of Canadian survivor Stéphane Boisvert, as well as a TV series and a documentary about skydiving in collaboration with Les Productions St-Laurent.
“I’m not sure what I can disclose at this point, but this documentary is such an exciting project. I’m a beginner in the field of skydiving myself and I’m still discovering this very special world. I believe the audience will be surprised and interested.” declares Thomas.