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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Beau Brummell

George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (1778-1840) was the O.D. (Original Dandy), a man whose fastidious and stylish dress sense (dark suits with fancy neckwear) set the course of modern gentlemanly fashion. As such he is the spiritual godfather of this blog. And he inspired a namesake tie maker; today's tie is a "Mr. John by Beau Brummell" with a little bit of flower power, a little bit of art deco, and a whole lot of polyester. Here's another one; wow! It was all I could do today to keep from grabbing everyone's hand and shouting, "What will it take to put you in a brand new Pacer today?"

I've just discovered a couple great web resources: the most comprehensive essay on the history of neckties I have yet seen, by Willy J. Spat; and, a website celebratory of all things dandy, which I will spend the next few hours reading. And coveting.

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