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Sunday, November 27, 2011


I like the colors and pattern in this silk tie from Linea Moda, but I can't help thinking that it looks more like a vinyl tablecloth than a necktie.

Mystery Marble

The label on this unmistakably hand-marbled tie is for "Martin K, New York." I can't find out anything about the mysterious Martin K, but I suspect the tie was actually marbled by one of the half-dozen professional marblers I have featured here in the past. I'm guessing it's the same one who made my x'Andrini branded marbled tie, whoever that may be. If I had to wager on it, I'd wager on Cosette.


Today's woven-patterned polyester tie is a relic of a Washington, DC menswear institution: it's by Bronzini, "made expressly for Raleigh's, Washington". The Raleigh's at White Flint is where I bought my first serious necktie. While the Raleigh's name went defunct in 1992, a group of employees bought it out and continued the business as Boardroom Clothiers in the White Flint location. There is now a second location at Tyson's Corner.

Monotone floral redux

This monotone floral necktie is of fairly recent vintage from Liz Claiborne. Practicing brevity to expedite backlog processing.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Patchwork print

Bear in mind it was summer when I wore this tie, so its summery look was fitting at the time. There are six different patterns printed onto one piece of silk, in seven colors: three blue foulards, a muted gold paisley, a cartoonish yellow floral, and a red pattern that may be going for an Indian look. Tie by Club L'Uomo.

Deco nightmare

Most of the ties I wear I actually like, but some of them I wear in the spirit of saying, "Holy cow, can you believe they actually put this on a tie?!" This art deco/op art mishmash from J. Blades & Co. is an example of the latter category.

All eyes on me

Here's another tie that I am posting sans maker information in the interest of working through my backlog. More to come when I locate the tie.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Nadia Roden

Nadia Roden is a painter, animator, textile designer (e.g. this tie), and author whose advertising work includes a campaign for Beano, a product near and dear to my heart. I think it's fair to characterize her style as "whimsical."

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

The blue boxes on this tie from Jacques Ploenes harbor foxes (though their bushy red tails break out of the boxes). That makes me happy, as (1) foxes hang out in my back yard, and they are cute; and (2) The Fantastic Mr. Fox was a terrific movie, a strong return to form for Wes Anderson after the awful Darjeeling Express.

Tropical blend

Identification of the maker of this fever-dream of a tie depicting...tropical leaves and fruits?... must await such time as I find the tie again.

Found it: it's by LDM.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright's Confetti

The Boxelder company of Milwaukee is the premier maker of neckties from historical fine art designs. Their Frank Lloyd Wright line is mostly adapted from stained glass windows, with designs certified by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. This tie's pattern, "Confetti," is based on windows in the Avery Coonley Playhouse of Riverside, Illinois, built in 1912.

Spanish Gold

In 1977 (give or take a year) my family got a new car: a Dodge Aspen station wagon in "Spanish Gold", the same color that predominates in this paisley tie from Robert Stewart of Hartford, Connecticut.