Archive for the ‘Neckties’ Category

Necktie of the Month – October 2016!

October 1, 2016

August 2016This month’s necktie . . . an oldie, but a favorite for many years.  I remember when this one was first purchased, I had it paired with my dark brown suit and a sage-colored shirt (accompanied by dark blue suspenders).  It was truly a killer combination.  But it also pairs well with any tan-colored suit/shirt combination.  The key to successful necktie purchases is ensuring you have the ability to wear them with more than one shirt and more than one suit.  This particular tie would also pair nicely with a pale blue shirt, a gold-toned shirt, or a white shirt (of course, everything goes well with white).  This tie completes my eighth year of the “Necktie of the Month.”  I have posted nearly 100 neckties and still have more than a dozen that have not yet been posted (and I continue to purchase new tie all the time), so despite the longevity of this column, I’m not it danger of running out of material for at least another year or so.  The bad news . . . I’m getting down to the more “conservative” neckties which aren’t as much fun (or as colorful) as some of the ones I’ve already posted.  Alas, what is a collector to do?

Necktie of the Month – September 2016!

September 2, 2016

September 2016Happy Friday!  I always have had great luck finding interesting neckties when I visit museums (and their gift shops).  This one was picked up during a recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and focuses on an architectural theme.  The cream color and navy blue background may limit the number of colorful shirts that this necktie can be paired with, but definitely the beige, white, and pale blue shirts.  My dark navy blue shirt may work, but then again, it may create just a dark enough background to not sufficiently highlight the tie. I will have to admit that this is not one of my favorite neckties (my collection now numbers over 120), but every now and then having a choice and a reserve of less often seen ties brings a refreshing look to the same old collection of suits.  And, you just never know how good a necktie will work with any new suit that is purchased, so there is always hope for a killer combination!

Necktie of the Month – August 2016!

August 4, 2016

HannahOkay, last week was the twelfth annual Traverse City Film Festival and while attending films, we found ourselves walking past Hannah Park and this statue of Perry Hannah (considered by many to be the “Father of Traverse City”).  Each day he was adorned with another memento of the film festival.  On one day he was “wearing” this wonderfully fashioned bow tie/necktie comprised entirely of film festival tickets.  So this was an easy decision this month.  This year I had a light schedule and only watched 14 films (in five days), but I had a marvelous time (as always).  Movies, food, family, and delightfully cooler temperatures (from what I’ve grown accustomed to during my summers in Oklahoma).

Necktie of the Month – July 2016!

July 2, 2016

July 2016This 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!

Necktie of the Month – June 2016!

June 3, 2016

LoyolaHappy 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.

Necktie of the Month – May 2016!

May 2, 2016

IMG_0955Here 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.

Necktie of the Month – April 2016!

April 1, 2016

Orchestra NecktieHappy 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.

Necktie of the Month — March 2016!

March 2, 2016

Garcia-StPatrick 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.

Necktie of the Month – February 2016!

February 1, 2016

IMG_0915This 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.

Necktie of the Month – January 2016!

January 2, 2016

IMG_0818Happy 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?