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Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Isn't this a joyous tie? It's perfect for a sunny June day and reconnecting with old friends I hadn't seen in years. (Yes, this photo is from June--that's how far behind I am! But this blog provides me with one little luxury: deadlines that can be blown without consequences.) Tie by Teo Grimaldi, Milan.

(P.S.: My microcheck shirt sure plays havoc with the camera!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


"You know what would be a great idea for a tie? A kaleidoscope of psychedelic linoleum tiles!" That is how I imagine this necktie from Marcello Tarantino came about. It is every bit as subtle as the films of another Tarantino. Some days I don't have to worry that people won't notice my tie.

Double Flower Power

The pastel-toned impressionistic flowers on this tie from Mimmo Messineo are printed on silk with a jacquard-woven floral pattern for double the flowers of a print alone. Worn with a burgundy shirt and black slacks, my neutral-toned silk sportcoat looked like a dinner jacket: very dapper, if I do say so myself.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


This tie with a vaguely "atomic" design is by "Royal Club", which sounds like a department store house brand, but I have no idea what store it might be. Made in U.S.A. of Italian silk, it was most likely produced by one of the two major suppliers of U.S. neckwear, Randa or Superba (now PVH Neckwear Group).

Monotone floral

Not all floral prints are colorful, but the joy and beauty of flowers are transmitted even in a monotone. There's no label on this tie, and while it is definitely not a Liberty of London, the fabric is a fine cotton in the Liberty tradition.