Summer's tartan neckties evoking Madras checks, like the cotton original worn by the man on the right in the Esquire illustration, are the featured products this week at A Suitable Wardrobe's Online Haberdashery. Madras, once known as bleeding madras for its tendency for the colors to run during laundering, is an airy patterned cotton from India that has seen a bit of a resurgence recently, in an unfortunately colorfast form, after disappering from American markets for a couple of decades.
But then, my silk neckties are not intended to bleed either. And though they look like they might be a bit loud, when paired with shirts that have a white or cream ground the pattern blends into the ensemble. Wear them with a simple white linen pocket square for a contrast in texture - it's an especially great combination with cotton or linen jackets.