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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Carson is still king

Branded neckwear-wise, Johnny Carson is still at the top of the heap of late-night talk show hosts. The glyphs and icons on this Johnny Carson tie may have been a 1970s attempt at "tribal", but they more resemble current depictions of extraterrestrial writing. The polyester material is the most unpolyesterlike I have ever encountered; I have never seen this particular strain anywhere else, which is too bad, because it's quite nice.

Streamline Moderne

This tie from de Casi Fashions probably dates from the resurgence of narrow widths for ties in the wake of punk and new wave, i.e. the 1980s. The material is highly-reflective silver and copper silk, woven into an engaging, mildly industrial pattern in the style of late-deco "Streamline Moderne".

U.N. Approved

Model U.N., that is. I lent my son a couple ties for his Model U.N. conference in Hershey, at which he was a member of India's Council for Economic Advancement. He won three character development awards, two of which made specific mention of this silk tie from Milano (no maker listed). Good job, son! Good job, me!

Friday, January 14, 2011


Taylor Caldwell brings us 5 New Ways to Tie a Tie. This post doubles as a Lovecraftian Humor Alert. (via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The First Liberty of 2011

Liberty's cotton florals are some of my favorite ties of all. This looks like a William Morris pattern, but I can't definitively identify it.

Speaking of Deco

Here's one by an unknown maker with a disco-ish take on Frank Lloyd Wright's various "balloon" patterns.

Hollywood or not

This deco-inspired Polo Ralph Lauren tie looks like it could be part of The Hollywood Collection, but it doesn't say so. So maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Either way it's not as keen as my clearly-marked Polo Hollywood Collection tie, but it covers my shirt buttons just fine.

Happy New Year!

My first tie of 2011 (worn January 3; I'm running a little behind) is a rather festive-looking deal from Gabrielle Molteni, featuring what look like particolored blood cells. Here's looking forward to a great year!