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A sartorial outlook from under the Northern lights

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A rare opportunity

This week’s Friday challenge on StyleForum was “Heavyweight tag team championship” - pair up with another forum member and wear an outfit centered around a common theme. As someone noticed in the thread:

Do you guys know what this challenge reminds me of?

When my daughter was like 7 or 8, she would call her bestest friend at night before bed, and they would meticulously plan to be wearing matching clothes to school the next day. 

I usually don’t dress up too much these days as I am on summer vacations, but I really couldn’t miss this opportunity. So I paired up with cleav31, who just happens to be one of my favourite posters on SF, and above you see 50% of the tag team “Checkmates(s)”. For 100% see here

Ermenegildo Zegna silk and cashmere SC | Belisario shirt | Holliday & Brown repp tie | Drake’s wool/silk PS | Charles Tyrwhitt lightweight flannel trousers | Edward Green Chelsea in mink suede

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styleforumnet:

Tie too thin?  This poster thinks so, but I personally think that it looks pretty solid.  You can go debate tie widths (8 cm is now the standard for Drake’s ties vs the 9.5 cm from last decade) on the forum if that’s your thing.


Well that poster would be me 😊. I recently had that specific tie widened as much as possible, making it closer to 9cm. I actually like it better that way!

styleforumnet:

Tie too thin?  This poster thinks so, but I personally think that it looks pretty solid.  You can go debate tie widths (8 cm is now the standard for Drake’s ties vs the 9.5 cm from last decade) on the forum if that’s your thing.

Well that poster would be me 😊. I recently had that specific tie widened as much as possible, making it closer to 9cm. I actually like it better that way!

(via ineedmoreties)

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Re-creating an old David Evans pattern

There is a group effort on-going over at StyleForum to organise a special run of silk based on an old David Evans pattern. The pictures above show the the four patterns and colure that are under consideration. To get a pattern printed, a minimum order of 6m is required and thus far patterns 1 and 3 are close to the required 6m where as pattern 4 is about 2m short. 

The silk will be printed by the Macclesfield-based mill Adamleywho owns the licence for the David Evans archives, using the original silk screens. Once the silk has been produced it will be made into ties by Italian tie maker Patrizio Cappelli to each customer’s specifications - number of folds, length and width are all customisable - and for the usual pricing charged for bespoke ties (available at Cappelli’s website) . To read more about the special run and to possibly get in on it, check out this thread over on Styleforum. 

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tangodancingphdcandidate asked: The fact that colors aren't showing up right is because the camera software isn't setting up the correct white balance. Try installing a photo editing app (I like snapseed) and fiddling with some sliders (temperature, brightness, contrast) to get colors looking the way they look to your eyes.

Yeah, I normally shoot with a DSLR and do post-processing in Photoshop but I was lazy yesterday and just grabbed my iPhone as I was unpacking the ties. I should, however, get a better photo-editing app for my phone and I will take a look at snapseed, so thanks for the tip!

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Anonymous asked: I appreciate your taste in combining colours greatly and would be interested to hear how you would wear the purple silk knit tie you recently posted! I've seen it worn around on occasion by people who either totally nailed it or really didn't. Thanks you!

Thanks for the kind comments! Unfortunately the colours didn’t really come out in the crappy iPhone photo I took of the ties, the tie is actually more burgundy than purple. I am planning to primarily wear it casually with odd jackets and burgundy should work with most colours - navy, grey or brown would all be fine, I think.

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Personal sartorial inspiration #4 - Douglas Cordeaux

Douglas Cordeaux is the managing director of Fox Brothers & Co, one of the the premier cloth mills in England. Frox Brothers were the original creators of flannel suiting and interestingly enough, Fox Brothers held the trademark for the word ‘Flannel’ up until the 1950s. 

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A Study in Stripes: Regimental and Repp Ties

If you are at all interested in the nuances of #menswear, StyleForum is really a treasure trove of all kinds of knowledge - high and low. Once you have learned to see beyond the snark and insults that are an inevitable component of every online fora, there are a million things to learn. Yesterday user jrd617 (of @jrd617sguides fame) started a thread on striped ties that is quickly becoming one of my favourite threads for the moment, full of interesting trivia regarding the origins of specific tie patterns, differences between British and American interpretations of regimental ties and what to expect when wearing striped ties around St. James’s in London…..

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