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Friday, October 21, 2005

Not what it looks like

Update 6/29/06: Chris Coleman never worked for Gene Meyer. This is according to Gene Meyer himself (see comment #2 attached to this post). Chris Coleman ties are nothing more than Gene Meyer knock-offs. My original post follows.

You will be excused for thinking this is a Gene Meyer tie. It's not, but the designer, Chris Coleman, used to work for Gene Meyer, and obviously absorbed some of his design sensibilities (even down to the polka-dotted tipping). Coleman's line of ties was produced by the Harmony Ball Company, whose primary business is cutesy figurines and home decor. They had a good thing going with these ties, though, too bad they stopped making them. Their Shakatiki vessels are pretty cool, at least.


3 comments:

shar said...

What is the truth behind Chris Coleman working for Gene Meyer? I've heard contradicting stories. Thanks, Shar

Anonymous said...

Dear Burl
Just to set the record straight - Chris Coleman never worked for me
and I'am tired of this rumor continuing to spread.
This is simply a case of being knocked off.
I appreciate all the nice things you've said about my ties.
Do you know know anything about Chris Coleman ?
Yours truly,
Gene Meyer

Burl Veneer said...

Well there we have it, right from the source! I am greatly honored to have Gene Meyer as a visitor, but shamefaced that the visit was to correct a piece of misinformation that I perpetuated. My guess is that the rumor started on ebay, where rules prohibit listing a brand name in the auction title other than the brand of the actual item for sale. So if you can make a "legitimate" case to include Mr. Meyer's name in the title of a Chris Coleman tie auction, you'll get more hits on the tie (through name searches) and seemingly adhere to ebay's rules. To answer Mr. Meyer's question, no, I don't know anything about Chris Coleman, now that what I thought I knew has been proven false.

But most of all, thank you for designing such wonderful ties!

BV