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Thursday, December 22, 2005


In 1880, Hermann Prochownick left his home in Leipzig for the textile-manufacturing city of Milan to make neckties. The company he founded survives to this day, one of the oldest tie makers in existence, and boasts perhaps the best logo of all of them:

(Presumably the red tie is a Prochownick, while all the others are not.) This tie starts with a multicolored grid, a simple but fun design, and then overlays another grid with a hand-drawn look at a 45-degree angle. Hand-drawn images always tend to look whimsical, so the overall effect of this tie is festive indeed, as befits the season.

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