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.
To celebrate the opening of the Maison Kitsuné shop at The NoMad Hotel, Alexander Olch and Kitsuné have teamed up for a limited line of silk ties. Alexander and Masaya Kuroki, one of Kitsuné’s designers, formed a friendship while presenting their respective collections in Paris at the same showroom. Both designers are involved in fashion and art (Alexander is also a filmmaker, while Masaya is involved in the music industry) and enjoy working in diverse mediums. Alexander and Masaya share a mutual respect for timeless design, and the tie collection explores the idea of the classic New York man.
The collection consists of four neckties ($150 each) and two bow-ties ($110 each) in 100% English silk woven at a seven generations-old mill. Numbers are fairly limited and are offered exclusively at the Maison Kitsuné shop at the NoMad Hotel in New York.
Alexander Olch’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection has landed at Barneys New York which includes these lightweight cotton scarves in the mix as well as all the well-made neckwear and accompanied accessories we’re accustomed to seeing from the New York designer. The scarves are available in small ($145) and large ($280) sizes. They are now available at the Barneys New York flagship store as well as online at barneys.com.
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.
Alexander Olch teamed up with TheCorner.com for this exclusive video highlighting the New York designer’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection. With direction from Matt Lenski and narration by The Olch himself, the video features a tutorial on how to tie the four-in-hand knot. French model Aurelie Claudel stars in the video and looks stunning. Needless to say, you’ll have to watch this multiple times to get the knot perfect.
This find actually made my morning as it’s one accessory I’d actually utilize. I travel often and one thing I always hate doing is having to toss all my ties in to my duffle without really being able to organize and protect them as I’d like. This necktie travel case from Moore & Giles and Pierrepont Hicks comes in Titan Toffee leather which comes from Moore & Giles while Pierrepont Hicks delivers the UK silk. (via Selectism)
We showcased a preview of Fine and Dandy Shop’s Fall 2011 offerings a short while back, but we’re glad to see the boys are giving us some inspirational styling via this lookbook. As stated before, their neckwear is really some of our favorite stuff on the market and to see them progress as swiftly as they have is not surprising. Ken Pao was behind the lens for this one and more shots from the lookbook are below.
Introducing the Popsicle club tie from The Windmill Club. Though you normally wouldn’t associate the cold dessert with anything but a hot summer day, this tie is featured in a burgundy finish that’s oh so perfect for the winter months. It’s handcrafted in NYC and measures 2.75 inches at its widest point, and is limited to eight pieces, each produced from dead stock British silk.
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.