Saturday, June 19, 2010
I bought this Keio Select Cravat (of Japan) because I liked the boldness of its modified stripe pattern; it took my wife to point out to me that the irregularities in the stripes resemble the tabs and cuts of office file folders. Hence the reference to the office satire clipart comic by David Rees in the header. (Rees is better known for his political satire clipart comic, Get Your War On. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I made a clipart comic way back in 1991, in Harvard freaking Graphics. For DOS!)
Silhouettes are hot in the design world, in animation (both short and longer form), video games, and book covers. Reverse silhouettes (i.e. white instead of black) are also hot, in animation, book covers, and the blogosphere. This tie from Carter & Holmes anticipated all that (maybe).
Often the difference between conservative and bold, sartorially speaking, is just a matter of scale. If the pattern on this tie from Hubert of Milano were much smaller, it would look pretty ordinary (see my Hickey Freeman tie), but blown up to this size it's a Retro piece. That said, its retro qualities are chameleonic: Modern Art 50s? Pop Art 60s? Tasteless 70s?
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
The label on this tie reads, "With the compliments of Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Republic of China." It was made in... Italy. The design does not strike me as very Chinese, but I guess that was not the point for this gift item. I wonder what audience it was meant for.
For working the University of Delaware Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Convocation on May 28, I took a cue from the university president's outfit in the new employee welcoming video and wore a shirt and tie in the university colors (roughly). The rather journeyman tie (the only yellow one I could find, believe it or not) by Giorgio Redaelli has a woodland-themed figural pattern with ducks, deer, rabbits, foxes, and flowers. Hermes and Ferragamo do the best figural ties, combining witty designs with precision printing. And luxury prices.
May 27: the official start of summer is still over three weeks away but we already have tropical heat and humidity. Now that's the good old mid-Atlantic climate I grew up with! What better way to celebrate the return of tropical weather than with a vintage Kanaka Tie from Hawaii* of wonderful lightweight crinkly cotton barkcloth?
* Supposedly... ;-)
* Supposedly... ;-)
Nothing suits a sunny day like a pink shirt and a Liberty of London cotton paisley necktie. Target scored a real coup this spring with a line of Liberty products; I was too slow to get any of the neckties (I really wanted the one with cars on it!), but I did pick up a couple superb floral print shirts.