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The way I see it, a silk knit tie is downright essential. Not in the same sense as food, shelter, or decent bourbon, of course. But in that it’s one of the easiest ways to elevate a casual tailored look without veering too far into dressed-up territory? Yep. Essential.

And if it’s about three inches wide — allowing for an appropriately hefty knot with a healthy dimple below it — well, all the better. Which is why I was damn pleased to hear that The Knottery was coming out with a line of ‘em when the news dropped a while back. Ditto that sentiment when Jay let me know he was going to be sending a few my way if I’d like. (Obviously, I was quick with a “yes” on that.)

I got one in brown, one in navy, and one in burgundy, and I’ve been working them into the rotation recently. After a bit of a road test, I’m happy to report that my initial excitement was well-founded. These things are bang-on. In fact, even at twice their modest $25 price, they’d be a steal. The fabric is nice and substantial, the construction is solid, and, like I said, the proportions are pretty much ideal in my book. Oh, and they’ve got about a fuckton (ed’s note: that’s a real measurement) of colors on offer — from blaze orange to blogger blue to my more muted hues. So whatever your inclination, they’ve probably got what you’re looking for.


Head over to The Knottery to take a look at the full collection of ties and myriad other goodies for the style-inclined, and check out the rest of the photos below.

—Jonathan

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I’m really digging the simplicity of these ties. 100% virgin wool, handmade in California.

They look to be somewhere around the 2.25″-2.5″ territory at the widest point. If it’s nearer to the lower end of that spectrum, they might actually be a bit too slim for my tastes.  I’m hoping that’s not the case, though. Because with a $58 price tag–and a really spot on olive green version available–I want one.

Aside from the aforementioned olive, Apolis has navy and charcoal options on offer. There’s also a black version, but it’s currently sold out. Maybe they’ll restock.

Available at Apolis Activism’s online shop.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Apolis Activism)

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Quiet:

Earnest – $92 – Available mid-March

100% Italian Linen, made in NY

Loud:

Briggs – $82 – Available mid-March

100% Cotton, made in NY

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Pierrepont Hicks)

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Minnesota-based tie makers Pierrepont Hicks just released their FW 2010 lookbook. Shot by Caesy Oney and directed by Ben Ferencz of The Design Cooperative, the pictures do a fantastic job of capturing the feeling of a bright, crisp day in autumn.

The shoot’s location–St. Ignatius, Montana–is an appropriately rustic backdrop to the sturdy wools and organic colors that feature heavily throughout the collection itself. It’s also jumped right to the top of my “places I had never heard of but now desperately want to see in person” list. Freaking gorgeous scenery.

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Now, I’ll grant that a lot of folks (myself included) don’t spend their days wandering through the long grass in idyllic fields and then crafting furniture with just-cut wood inside of remote cabins. But damn, don’t these shots make you want to?

The collection, all made in New York, is available online now. Hit up the shop to get your hands on a handsome piece of neckwear (banjo not included).

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Pierrepont Hicks)

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As of this week, Baldwin is expanding beyond jeans and releasing a full on collection of well-executed wardrobe staples. The bulk of the line consists of shirting, chinos, ties, and jackets, as well as jeans (of course). There’s also a shoe, a weekender bag, a suit, and a hat in the mix.

This is all very good news, because the line is both sharp as hell and eminently wearable. And from the looks of it, the fit is spot-on. Bonus: Everything is made in the US.

So yes, I’m pretty damn impressed with what Baldwin’s done here. They idn’t just hit the ball out of the park, they tore the leather off the thing.

I’ll take one of everything and two of the khakis and the olive drab jacket, please.

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Take a quick jump over to the venerable Secret Forts to read a great write up and see a list of retailers that will carry the line. If you’re not near any of the brick and mortar spots (like me), hit up the website.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Baldwin via Secret Forts)

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Graham Withers offers a great line of slim ties that are handmade in NYC by the two-man team of Paul Hanan and Dave Roma. The ties are are a labor of love–clocking in at around 3 hours of production on each–and available in a variety of colors, prints, and fabrics.

I had the pleasure of meeting Paul and Dave at Mister Market a little while back and can safely say that they are awesome people and well-deserving of your support. But that’s just a bonus, because the product really speaks for itself here. The ties are slim without going too skinny, the prints and colors are clever and subtle, and the fabrics felt fantastic (I believe they’ve currently got cotton, wool, and silk on offer).

My personal favorites of the line are the gray tweed and the tan/red/black plaid. And the gingham and seersucker options are both handsome and very seasonally appropriate.

If you’re in the market for some adornment for your neck and chestal region, I’d recommend checking them out.

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The ties all run $82. You can get one for yourself by emailing info@grahamwithersclothing.com or stopping by Brooklyn Denim Company to pick one up in person. The online shop will be up this week, too, so be on the lookout.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Graham Withers)

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