04 January 2012
The Last Tie & Goodbye...
General Knot & Co came to me and asked that I review their ties. I agreed on one condition. That I would not keep them. I've never been a fan of the too narrow or too wide tie. They play hell with jacket lapels and usually wind up in the back of the closet until the width makes a comeback. This is about the only way the fashion industry screws men...save for double monk shoes.
What's unique about General Knot is their use of vintage fabrics. If you see something you best pounce 'cause there ain't gonna be a lot. That can be used as a cynical marketing strategy -- Disney limited DVD releases with the threat of "going back to the vault." Or, a blogger who retires only to come back, retire again and come back, over and over and over.
But General Knot has only so much fabric. Ties are made in runs of 10, 13 or even less. I picked out two. A navy and gold silk 'cause I like navy and gold, and an Hermes lookalike 'cause I'm sick of Hermes ties but still love their soft colors.
I paired both with the Turnbull & Asser blazer and charcoal suit I mentioned yesterday. The darker fabrics help conceal the lapel width while the vintage fabric is rich enough to pair with grown up suiting. It's a contrast I really like.
What I don't like is --Sadly, this is my last post. It's been a great run and I just want to say my decision to retire The Trad comes with the knowledge that, what with the world ending again and everything, I'm going to go work on my golf game.