This month’s necktie was found during a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas a couple of years ago. The original purpose of this trip was to visit a very close friend from the Eureka Springs area; we decided to meet at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art first for an afternoon of art appreciation (preceded by lunch of course). Following the museum visit, we spent the remainder of the afternoon visit art galleries and antique shops in Rogers, Arkansas. We then returned to Bentonville the next day to continue our “shopping” at which point I found this tie in a resale shop at an extremely reduced price (a price one could not afford to pass up). I particularly liked the combination of hard corners/angles coupled with the freely flowing curliques. And, the black background along with the beige/tan formations makes this necktie ideal for many of my colored shirts (if they are the right shade) — black, gray, cream, beige/tan, brown, red, pink, raspberry, lavender,sage, teal, blue, or white (I’d have to check, but it may even look okay with my orange shirt [but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one]). Ah, the versatility of a multi-colored necktie!
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Happy Friday! This month I’m highlighting a necktie that I acquired several years ago on a brief trip to Chicago. During this trip I visited the Loyola University Museum of Art and found this remarkable tie in their gift shop (the D’Arcy Woven Tie). While the earth tones on this one make it a perfect candidate for pairing with my brown, tan, and golden yellow shirts, it also contains that hint of blue and works equally fine with my pale blue shirt.
The Loyola University Museum of Art’s permanent collection is named the Martin D’Arcy, S.J. Collection after the Jesuit priest. D’Arcy has been described as “perhaps England’s foremost Catholic public intellectual from the 1930s until his death” (Source: Richard Harp, “A Conjuror at the Xmas Party”, TLS, Dec. 11, 2009.) This Collection is considered one of the finest collections of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art in the Midwest. The museum itself is “dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression and attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies” (from their website). I would highly recommend a visit if you ever find yourself in the area.
Here is this month’s necktie — a subdued tropical print courtesy of Tommy Bahama. I found this wonderful necktie while perusing the clearance bin at Tulsa’s Nordstom Rack several months ago where I paid a mere fraction of the original price (I actually found my yellow tropical Tommy Bahama necktie at the same time). This tie pairs best with my light brown and tan shirts, but it doesn’t look too bad with my sage green shirt either. Ah, so many neckties, so little time.
Happy Friday and, Happy April Fool’s Day! This month’s necktie was acquired rather serendipitously while I was in Alexandria, Virginia, attending the SLA Board Orientation in late January/early February. During a pre-dinner stroll down King Street (on the way to a restaurant, actually), we passed a shop (Raul’s Menswear) that had a variety of fascinating novelty neckties displayed in the window. I made a mental note to return to this shop at a later time to check out the assortment. As luck would have it, the shop was still open on our walk back to the hotel. So, in we stopped, the necktie was purchased, and all was well in the world. This necktie will go best with my black or grey-tones suits and a white shirt. Due to the “darkness” of the background of this tie, it may not pair well with any of my colored shirts (especially the darker colors), but we may have to experiment a bit to see what other color combinations provide for a good contrast.
Éirinn go brách, or, the English version: Erin go bragh! (Ireland forever!) And while I’m not Irish in the least, it is only fitting that the necktie this month honor or pay tribute to St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, whose feast day is celebrated on the 17th of March (supposedly the anniversary of the date of his death). But did you know that . . .
- his first name wasn’t actually Patrick (Maewyn Succat)?
- St. Patrick was not born in Ireland? (born in Roman Britain)
- he was captured by Irish pirates when he was a teen and forced into slavery in Ireland?
- his color was not green (blue)?
- the first parade took place in New York City (1762)?
- 34.7 million Irish-Americans (more than seven times the population of Ireland)?
- the Shamrock was used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity?
- odds of finding a four-leaf clover: 1 in 10,000?
- he did not banish any snakes from Ireland (there is no evidence that snakes ever inhabited Ireland)?
- Guinness sales double on St. Patrick’s Day?
This particular necktie is yet another Jerry Garcia design and looks simply splendid on this solid white shirt. It looks equally fine with my dark green shirt, my black shirt, and even my bright yellow shirt; quite a versatile necktie.
This month I will be highlighting my newest necktie that I received as a birthday gift from some friends. Home run! Not only does this one have hints of orange (okay, maybe more than just a hint or two), but it will also compliment many of the dress shirts in my closet (white [of course], orange, yellow, turquoise, navy blue, beige, and black). It is a Jerry Garcia design titled Malachite Valley; this brings the total number of JG neckties I own to thirteen. Hmm, I wonder if this was named after the Malachite waterfall in King County, Washington (formed when the outlets of Copper Lake and Malachite Lake break into a valley and run parallel (horsetail form) down the side of the headwall for hundreds of feet)? Or perhaps it is named because of the hints of color resembling malachite ore, a carbonate of copper (due to my poor skill at photography, or possible the poor quality of my camera, the actual brightness of the blue is a bit muted — the faded blue swatches should be more of a turqouise color). Regardless of the naming convention, this one certainly adds color to the closet (as if this was ever a problem). Here’s a link to a better photo that really shows the brightness of the blue.
Happy New Year one and all! Well, it’s that time of year again. The time to make resolutions that will probably only last a week or so. But, in the spirit of resolutions, and since one of the most common resolutions is to get in better shape (e.g., exercise and/or eat correctly), it seems fitting to post my necktie of racing runners. Whether or not you are a runner or have made getting into better shape a goal of yours this year, this novelty tie should prove to be inspirational. This necktie was a gift from a friend of mine (thank you Bill Fisher). He actually had two of these ties and decided to share one with this fellow runner last January; who am I to refuse a gift (and a necktie no less)? And, because of the numerous colors incorporated into this tie, it will compliment almost any colored shirt in my closet. However, due to the navy blue background, this necktie will look the best with my blue and/or beige dress shirts. Are you ready to go for a run?
Ho, ho, ho! Tis the season! The holiday season is upon us, so this month I will be highlighting one of my new holiday neckties. This one, yet another Jerry Garcia design, is from his “Collection 60” series and is entitled “Dracula Claus.” I’m not sure I understand the reference to Dracula (he must be really well hidden), but alas, it’s Jerry Garcia, so I will just accept this and move on. It has the standard holiday colors of red and green, and includes several reindeer. This particular necktie looks really good on my red shirt, but will also compliment my bright green shirt as well as my beige/tan shirt (and of course, it will also pair well with a plain white shirt). My collection of holiday ties now stands at ten . . . enough to cover two-week’s worth (business days) of occasions. Let the holiday festivities begin!
The key to successful shopping: do it often (even if it is just “window” shopping), don’t just stick to the same stores/merchants, and always be on the lookout for a bargain. Case in point: Tulsa has a Noordstrom Rack which I had never gone into before. So I finally decided one Saturday afternoon, when I had a little time to kill, that it would be worth exploring, especially since I was in the area. Lo and behold I discovered that they had some really great prices in addition to having some really great clothes. I found this month’s necktie in the bargain bin for under $10. And while it looks really great on my solid brown shirt, it would look just as marvelous on my beige and cream shirts as well. Unfortunately, my bright (nearly lemon) yellow shirt is just a bit too yellow (if that’s possible) to work with this necktie, but alas, I’m not completely without options here, so it is a minor inconvenience. I now have a new shopping goal: to find a yellow shirt to match this tie. Aloha!
Happy Monday! As we begin a new work week, allow me to highlight one of my newest Jerry Garcia neckties. This one is from the “liquid torso” collection and is so bright that it could be considered radioactive. Yet another treasure that I was able to acquire in an after-Christmas sale so the price was definitely right. This tie will pair nicely with many of my colored shirts: lemon yellow, bright blue, green, pink, white, black, and of course, orange — the brighter the color, the better — it really doesn’t look too bad with the pastel or muted colored shirts either. Ah, the joys of accessorizing with a necktie where simply changing the shirt makes for a whole different look. Ties are a lot like socks – you should never forget that they matter too. Being color conscious and making sure you get a good look is hugely important . . . never settle for dull or lackluster. Going conservative is not always bad either, but don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to. Let your personality shine through — accessorizing (neckties, socks, shoes, betls, cufflinks, etc.) can help you achieve whatever look you want.