Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006
Classic tie-knots, courtesy of Brooks Brothers. I must admit there's more here than I knew. I usually use the four-in-hand, but with a thin tie that would otherwise yield too small a knot, I find a half-Windsor does the trick.

Ninety-nine percent of my "tie shirts" are button-down. "American classic" is my story and I'm sticking to it. However, a few weeks ago when I scheduled a visit to the Met with some guys who for all I knew might have been fashion-forward (they weren't, but the point is they might have been), I added to my collection a -- you're sitting down, aren't you? -- a spread-collar! And it's violet!!