Historically employed as a stylish deterrent to theft, the monogram is now used for less practical, but no less refined, purposes. Personal statement, cheeky in-joke, social commentary... There are plenty of intentions behind the modern monogram, but the best part is, only the bearer knows what it really means.

Anything that fights conformity is good.”
—Glenn O’Brien, iconic style writer
If the boys can do it, why can’t I?”
—Ashley Math, J.Crew men’s stylist
In my opinion, it’s saying that a person is refining themselves.”
—Ouigi Theodore, haberdasher
Someone can say, ‘Oh, I have that same tie.’ Actually, ya don’t.”
—Mordechai Rubinstein, street-style aficionado, Mister Mort