Ok, this is going to be about a tie. I get it, you don’t wear ties or suits or anything like that as a matter of pride or principal or I don’t know what. I’m just asking you to be open minded and know some things about one tie. JUST ONE TIE. Come on, it won’t be that bad. I’m not even asking you to buy it. Just to know about it.
There are some nice things out there that are worth knowing about that just aren’t cheap. I know. The point here is supposed to be attainable luxuries and instead this post is about a super fancy tie. A tie that, again, I really don’t expect you to buy. I just want you to look at the pictures, read a few words, and appreciate that a beautiful thing exists. Maybe think about what it would be like if this thing existed on or near you.
Or, maybe that preamble wasn’t for you. Maybe you are thinking to yourself “I’m pretty awesome, maybe this tie is for me”. Well. Cool. I like it too. These ties are hand made by a husband and wife team. In Singapore. They cost over 100 Singapore Dollars. That’s right: buying this tie would require you to know that the Singapore Dollar exists and convert it to your local currency . How international.
So, seriously, either you are the type of person who imports fancy ties or you think that that is completely ridiculous . I don’t care which one you are, I just want you to know that these beauties exist. Maybe you want to buy your dad a nice gift but he already has everything and all of his ties are super nice? Maybe you need a tie to get married in? Maybe you are a super fashionable lady who knows how to incorporate hand rolled six-fold Singaporean ties into your look? But probably none of these. Just be a regular person, skim these pictures, think “thats nice, I don’t care”, then move along with your day. If you ever do need to dress yourself to meet the Queen, shake a president’s hand, or go to some sort of gala then you can dig this memory out of your brain and put it to good use.
After all of that, here is what makes this tie outstanding:
- Its silk has a provenance - Matka silk hand woven in East India. If someone asks about this tie that means there is something excellent to say about it
- That silk provides beautiful texture - texture is still going strong as a crucial feature of stylish ties right now. Nailed it
- Unlined construction - are you familiar with the term sprezzatura. Here it is, sprezz in tie format. Wear with confidence and not-give-a-shit-ness. Life is good. YOU are good
- Six-fold and handled edge - This tie will knot and drape beautifully. Its like when you get a great haircut and your hair just looks awesome no matter how little effort you put into it. It is a great haircut in tie format
- Pastel sky blue shade - match this color and texture with any skin tone, all of your grey and navy suits , perfect for summer
I’m sure I’ve already lost you. But if you are still holding strong then perhaps check out Drake’s of London for some classic British ties that are known for being some of the best in the world. Maybe Kirby Allison’s shop or Kent Wang’s for great curation of fancy things like this. There is a whole world of luxuries out there that you can look at for free (but perhaps not attain so readily).
You made it. This is the end. Good work.
Or you can just read this footnote and see that they cost $106 USD. Good work you! ↩
Full disclosure, I wore a tie from Vanda the day I got married and received one as a birthday present and I love the shit out of both of them. Sorry. I’ve got some pretty excellent sweatpants that I could tell you about if that helps balance things out ↩
“a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it” from wikipedia, you think I just memorize shit like that? Well, actually, thanks for thinking that ↩
Do I need to write about why you aren’t allowed to buy a suit that is any color other than grey or navy until you already own 2–3 grey or navy suits? Put down the fucking black suit. PUT IT DOWN ↩