An Absolute Essential: The Navy Blazer.
Holiday Gift Idea #2: Louis Walton Hand Made Ties
I wrote the other day that I’d like to give a few gift-giving suggestions this holiday season, and I thought I’d do my best to focus on gifts that are hand made, rather than mass produced. So it was with Monday’s post about the scarves at Thorn Fiber Arts.
Today, I thought I might recommend a different kind of neckwear, the long tie. Though I generally thrift my ties, I recently had the good fortune of receiving a couple of ties from San Francisco tie maker Gregory Walton, of Louis Walton Ties, and they’re quickly becoming some of my favorites. A high quality tie—and especially truly hand sewn ones that never see a sewing machine—can be quite expensive, but when it comes to thoughtful gift giving a splurge can be the first act in getting an item to a friend or loved one that becomes a cherished possession.
The aura that accrues around the knowledge that an item one is wearing was hand made from start to finish by a single person can elevate an item to a place of primacy in one’s wardrobe (I believe we make a fetish of this type of thing these days, and in these parts). An additional layer of sentiment can form around the fact that it was a gift from a special person (in this case, you). To that end, as far as hand made ties go I think Louis Walton makes some of the best I’ve seen. Though they’ll run you anywhere from $125-225, you can rest assured that they’ll likely become the recipient’s favorite tie.
* the tie pictured above is a beautiful unlined six-fold wool glen plaid with hand-rolled edges.
Chiaroscuro and the tweed noir. I imagine Peter Lorre’s face atop the neck.
Green, blue, and orange.
To be honest, the weather has been much too cold for me to want to don shirt and tie for the last week or so. Thus, the random posts with me in a pea coat, duffle coat, etc. Yesterday, however, despite still low temperatures, I missed the feel of a nice sport coat. And, since it was in fact the coldest day of this spell, I layered up with a cable knit lambswool crewneck sweater from Brooks Bros., a vintage tweed sport coat from Southwick, and my Gloverall duffle coat over it all. The bow tie is one I bought last year from the Tie Bar’s special Jesse Tyler Ferguson tietheknot.org line of ties where proceeds go to support marriage equality in the U.S.
Though I was saddened by the collapse of the professoriate outlined in the article, I am horrified at the prospect that its future (if it has one) could be tweedless.
Duffle Coat Weather.
Pea Coat Weather.
Jack Erwin ‘Abe’ Penny Loafer
Outtake from last year.
Custom Suits to Make Transgender and Female Clients Feel Handsome -
Great piece in the NYT a few days ago about the importance of proper fitting menswear for butch and transgender folks.
Daniel Friedman, 34, who owns Bindle and Keep in Brooklyn finds his niche in the fashion industry by giving female and transgender clients a masculine look, one that fits their bodies.