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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Gold Lion

Tuesday's tie is a "Gold Lion High Fashion" tie from Korea. The design consists of some swing-era "wavy diamonds" with "echo lines" for an overall effect of, say, a topo map of a mountainous region, or an aerial photo of rice paddies, or coral atolls. As accents there are one green and two mauve "kites." It's a wonderfully fluid pattern, marred by an unfortunate choice of background: stripes that fade into one another. At least there are no intra-stripe fade effects, usually used on polyester ties to simulate the reflective qualities of silk; that style of tie, worn with a short-sleeve shirt and a pocket protector, has become cultural shorthand for nerdiness. (Not That There's Anything Wrong With That!)

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