Friday, January 21, 2011
The tan and maroon on a black ground madder necktie in the photograph is surely the oldest in my active rotation, dating as it does to the late Mark Cross chain of leathergoods stores that the Sara Lee Corporation purchased and then closed down in 1997 after coming to the brilliant realization that said chain had nothing at all to do with cheesecakes and breakfast pastries. That was a rather ignominous end to a great name but it did leave me with a thirty year-old necktie that I still enjoy.
I like that particular paisley with dark gray suits that complement the black ground. It is paired with an ecru shirt, a tan and cream silk square, maroon hose with clocks and dark brown oxfords. And the aforesaid dark gray hopsack where, to my dismay, the jacket button appears to be pulling just a bit despite the fact that the coat only arrived back from the tailor the other day after a several month visit to have that very problem addressed. But we will get it squared away eventually.
Neckties of course grow narrower and wider over the years. I have found it useful to set aside a drawer in some out of the way space and there roll up the best examples of each no longer fashionable width to await their inevitable return to currency. I have a supply of 7 cm (2 3/4") and 9.5 cm (3 3/4") widths should I ever need them again, which unfortunately is more than I can say for the Mark Cross stores.