On their way to watch-world domination, seems the folks at HODINKEE have scheduled a few stops. They’ve already gone through an amazing site redesign and even launched an in-house line of hand-made Italian straps, pouches, and travel rolls. Now, they’ve teamed up with London’s Drake’s to create a limited edition tie collection inspired by two of HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer’s favorite watches. Drake’s of London is the pinnacle of men’s neckwear and accessories for as long as even my father can remember. Today is truly a momentous day, friends. These knit ties are woven with the highest quality silk yarn in the world, and the dots are hand-sewn with silk thread. No two ties are the same.
We’ve seen our fair amount of navy ties with white polka dots but this variation from Drake’s London gives some added texture in the form of its Shantung silk construction. “Originating from China, this variety of the luxurious fabric has a raw, bobbled feel adding texture and flair to your dressed-up looks.” The polka dot necktie has this timeless elegance that not many pieces embody and with the longstanding history of Drake’s behind it, there’s not really much else we can ask for.
Back in May, the first ever Drake’s shop was opened, with a distinct location in Mayfair at No. 3 Clifford Street. The store carries everything you’re accustomed to seeing on the British label’s online shop and offers up exceptional service to boot. Bespoke services are offered as well as Drake’s provides an unequalled array of the finest neckwear fabrics, and all of Drake’s ties are meticulously handmade in their own Clerkenwell workrooms. Selectism recently took a visit to the store, be sure to check out some of the images below.
One of our favorite neckwear designers, Drakes London, has some phenomenal neckwear for the F/W season. These cashmere ties are made with the utmost detail and will work really well with your layered stylings for the colder months. The ties will also add a burst of color to a wardrobe that’s known to be a bit muted. They’re made by hand in England, are 3.14 inches at their widest point and are available in a few different styles, with each style coming in a range of colorways.
From Drakes comes a small line of accessories made from Nigerian ox horn and meticulously polished with fine sand to a softly gleaming finish. The range includes a boar bristle clothes brush, round toothed comb, shoe brush with leather strap handle, a dish made from a single piece of horn and a beautiful Stag handle shoe horn made by hand with a Scottish red stag handle made from antlers which are naturally shed after the rutting season. All pieces are made in England and bear the Drakes logo.
They’re available now at Drakes London.
Drakes of London is one of my favorite tie makers. They deliver some of the best ties on the market in timeless styles. With their 7 cm Archival Wovens, we now have slimmer versions of some of Drakes’ world famous neckwear. They come in solids, classic repp and patterned ties, and shantung raw silk. At 7 cm (2.8 in), these ties will go with most lapels allowing you to remain stylish without falling victim to a trend extreme. For something a little bit out of the ordinary, we recommend the shantung.
From Drakes comes this shawl collar cardigan made from camelhair. It features throat loop closure and tan leather buttons and knitted in the Scottish borders. The piece was inspired by a photograph of Steven McQueen taken by William Claxton back in the 1960s.
Drakes London has this fairisle scarf made from 100% lambswool. Talk about the complete package, it’s well-crafted with a timeless print atop an ultra-warm fabric.
Monocle is known for organizing debates on design and architecture, and creating exclusive fairs as well. Now, they’re first shop in Marylebone, London is filled with amazing collaborations that keep us as intrigued as we have been in their previous endeavors. Brands include Comme des Garçons, Porter, Valextra and Drakes London and the shop has an exclusive products area, with a variety of items from CDs to stationery to travel guides. Plus, if you are familiar with their magazine, they have all the issues published to date. One of our favorite pieces is an exclusive Tokyo poster-guide created in collaboration with Louis Vuitton.
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