Despite a considerable hullabaloo on the evening news, roads in England were remarkably clear on Tuesday and I made my way down to London. Unfortunately it was late afternoon when I arrived and though I didn't have as much time as I'd have liked I did get to spend an hour with scarf and tiemaker Michael Drake.
Drake's of London distinguishes themselves by making their wares to a higher standard, from the process they use for printing silk neckties to their hand construction.
The company had just returned from launching their spring offerings in the United States and there were many delights on display, from the first striped silk grenadine neckties I'd ever seen to these wool pocket squares that resurrect a Drake's design of a decade ago. As it happens, I've been acquiring these as I've come across them for several years, and when they are released this coming July I will be able to complete my collection.
Scarves are as much as half of Drake's business in the fall season, and there were an overwhelming number of choices. The wools and cashmeres with a different pattern on each side are particularly noteworthy.
I leave you with a photo of a fraction of the company's necktie offerings for the coming season.