Wednesday, November 23, 2011

#2069 The long (and the long) end of the tie

Photos: Unabashedly Prep

I rock an air tie 99 days out of 100, and by that I mean I wear my shirt's top button done up without a tie. A bow tie was my sartorial crutch for a couple of years until one fateful day when I glanced in the mirror and realised that I was making Pee Wee Herman look like Clint Eastwood; but since then, I've worn knit ties when the occasion called, bow ties with a tuxedo, and a decades-old faded Hermes silk tie that I found in my Grandfather's closet, no doubt bought in a hotel gift shop for entry to a restaurant. But it has recently come to my attention that there is a more interesting way to wear your tie than the traditional manner in which I was taught.

As evidenced in this set of photos of Sid Mashburn's retail staff, a fantastic sense of dishevelled nonchalance is achieved when both points of the tie are the same length (or the usually-short end is slightly longer) and the knot is skewed to reveal the two blades. Italian men have been doing it for generations, I noticed it for the first time a couple of months ago. The revelation has whetted my appetite for neckwear, and I'm keen to give it a go. Look out for my first attempt in the next What's in Store installment, going up late next week on The Moment.








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3 comments:

Murray said...

How long did that take you to work out! 

Jimmy said...

great post, the "rule" is always have them end around the same point or with the small blade slightly shorter.  Then mass produce/machine made ties came along and most of those ties became shorter  to save on silk which made it virtually impossible. proper length is 150-153cm while machine made are around 145-148cm.

LAS said...

All the pics are by Fred of Unabashedly Prep.