For a brief, shining period in 2003, Chicago formalwear company Pamper Him offered their own line of ties on ebay. They all had striking retro designs printed on fine silk satin, and were lined and cut perfectly: it takes no effort at all to tie them into a perfect little triangular knot. I accumulated several Pamper Him ties before they disappeared, all of which remain in my permanent collection. I brought one out today to pair with my infamous pink pants. Quite by accident, I discovered the source of Pamper Him's exotic silks: Exotic Silks! Some of the Pamper Him tie fabrics, including this one, are still available in the Modern print gallery.
This will be the last blog entry of the week. My grandfather passed away this week at the age of 91; we will spend Friday driving to North Carolina for Saturday's funeral. While I will wear a tie to the funeral, it will not be flashy, and I will not post it here. It will be one of the very few occasions for which sartorial flair is not only meaningless, but downright inappropriate. Please pardon this moment of gravity in a largely gravity-free oeuvre.