Over the weekend I got this beauty in the mail from the fellas over at Marshall Anthony… they also send me some shots of the crafting process….
Mike had been talking this bespoke job up for a while now. Excited to the results of the work the Marshal Anthony team has done. DC look out for these guys.
When to make the commitment.
Ties are something that I don’t post enough of in general because there are so few that are worth posting. I recently introduced my little cousin who just recently graduated to the Knottery. Great introductory ties for the gentleman who is entering the work force at a reasonable price, and worth the commitment for a starter wardrobe. A tie to me is almost as important as the shoes you have on. If you are going to make the investment to have a $300 pair of shoes, a $900 + suit; then your tie should fit the aesthetic have crafted.
Most of my ties that I have are vintage. When I do decide to make the commitment to purchase a well crafted tie, there are only a few brands that I will even consider. With the help of General Knot, I have just added them to the list of ties worth the commitment of $100 + range. We featured their ties for The Selected Few “A Gathering of Style” trunk show last month. Andy of General Knot was kind enough to throw me a complimentary tie for displaying them.
Here is the advice I can give you with ties. When making the commitment to purchase a tie greater than $100 ask yourself these questions.
If the number is less than four, you should think about another tie. I went with the Deadstock Lambswool Hopsacking Necktie. I think it got the job done. We all get to the stage where we have to make larger investments in our wardrobe. I make sure that my accessories fit my wardrobe not the other way around. That is the best way to ensure it’s worth the commitment. I rocked this tie with four looks and I could easily do four more. Hope these looks help you out.
Introducing Panta: 6 Fold Ties by Christian
If you have ever looked at Style Forum, you may have come across Panta. Created by Ed Moral, his aim is to show that NY has some great clothing manufacturers. He was also in search of the perfect trouser, something that those of you who read this site, would have some experience in. For me, the cut is the most important factor. I can’t remember the last pair of trousers I purchased and didn’t have tailored.
I’m also starting to think side adjusters are the only way to go. His trousers are made from fabrics from England, Scotland and Italy’s Loro Piana. French horn buttons, hand-stitched by manufacturers responsibe for producing items form lines of Thom Browne, Band of Outsiders, Massimo Bizzochi and Brooks Brothers. He also has created some really thin unlined, hand rolled 6 fold ties. He kindly sent me a few to try, and try I did. One particularly caught my eye, green raw silk with natural slubs, unlined, untipped and hand sewn edges. Dimensions are 3 1/4 inches wide and 58 inches long, so slightly long for me, but really a delightful tie. Enthusiasm for local handmade production is something to be celebrated
New ties at The Knottery — If you’ve been patiently waiting for some new neckwear that was not only affordable, but also in some classic patterns, then you’re in luck with The Knottery. Not only are they reasonably priced at $25, but now they’re handmade in Brooklyn, New York.
Also, for non-U.S.A. made ties, the silk knits with polka dots are back in navy, red and green.
Shout out to:The Silentist
On Fashion’s Night Out this year, I took it easy. Instead of an extensive itinerary that consisted of trying cover every major event like I did last year, I roamed the streets with some of my blogger friends, going where the wind takes us. This was my friend Max’s first FNO in NYC. Our first stop, when it was not yet super crowded, was Bloomingdale’s to browse through the collection of the much acclaimed cult favorite, Ovadia & Sons. Here’s a pic of one of their main display along with a book aptly turned to a style analysis of my favorite gent of all time, Cary Grant. For better pics of the clothes, along with some Ralph Lauren pieces that caught his eye, visit Mattoo’s Place.
Shout out to:thetinytierant
Otis James neckties and bow ties are handcrafted in Nashville, Tennessee with three principles in mind: quality, originality, and style. The materials are often unconventional - wools, linens, cashmere’s, and cottons in 3 inch widths which we believe is the most attractive width for most men contradictory to the popular trend of skinny and slim.
Knits. Often grenadine ties in particularly are confused with knits, but they’re two different beasts. I’m not a textile engineer, but knitting and weaving are very different processes. Knit ties are typically unlined, and have a soft, springy hand and usually a square bottom. (That’s because it’s tough to knit a triangle.) Knits are very casual, and are a great pairing with sportcoats. Their popularity has tracked with traditional American “Ivy” style - with heydays in the 1960s, 1980s and today.