Sunday, August 21, 2005

How to tie knots

A practical note today. Here's a guide to tying the three basic knots (four in hand, half windsor and windsor) and another reference. As a teenager, I got the four-in-hand fairly quickly but the bow tie and windsor knots took some time to learn (e.g. inverting the diagrams, standing in front of the mirror).

Finally, for a little variation, this is an interesting double dimpled knot technique.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The ne plus ultra of ties - Marinella

What do some of the best ties in the world look like? Here's a more detailed look at some of these incomparable ties.

Why do Marinella ties merit such esteem? Impeccable woven and printed silks with traditional construction methods. The ties may strike some as conservatively designed. Conservative for some, but for others they represent a classic and timeless style.

So where can one purchase Marinella ties?
Hint: Naples, Italy. Another hint: Also available in the New York City at Bergdorf Goodman.

For more info, visit the Marinella website.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

English shoe sale

I just came across this fantastic 50% off Brooks Bros shoe sale. Brooks Bros shoes are private labeled shoes made by Alden, one of the two best welted dress shoe makers in the US, and two English shoe manufacturers, Alfred Sargent and Crockett & Jones. The shoes pictured to the right are from their Peal line made by Sargent and C&J.

If you've worn their English shoes before and know your size, this is a great deal. I'm tempted myself!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Wikipedia and defining "Savile Row"

This is an open call for participation in the wikipedia definition of Savile Row. A wiki is "is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content."

As it stands, one of the pillars of modern's mens style suffers from a particularly anemic wiki entry. If you are a tailor, customer or supplier to this venerable collection of tailoring houses, do your web duty and refine the entry. After all, "England expects that every man will do his duty."