Friday, July 29, 2011
I have no idea how he did it as his ties are sewn in Como rather than locally in Sydney, or so I thought, but Nicholas of Le Noeud Papillon made a version of his striped Mogador silk bow tie for me with the stripes running horizontally the other day. This was above and beyond the call as his material was woven to align in the other direction and he presumeably had to waste some of it to make it the way I wanted, but I will be happy to get it.
Bow ties deserve considerably more respect than they receive, in my opinion, particularly for evening where they resonate with our memories of those tens of thousands of photos of men wearing them with their dinner jackets. Indeed, in the "El Morocco" Family Album from 1937 that a friend was kind enough to send along the other day perhaps nine men in ten are wearing evening clothes and bow ties in Jerome Zerbe's photographs. And though El Morocco's zebra striped banquettes are gone and dinner clothes with them for the most part, knotting a bow tie atop one's blue jacket in the evening may still be the best way to add a touch of elegance to an occasion.
The striped tie in the photo is still in transit but I shall be wearing Nicholas' blue dots on white Chrisanthy design to dinner tonight.