A Fine Man Once Said:

"Part of the 10 million I spent on gambling, part of it on booze, and part of it on women. The rest I spent foolishly."

- George Raft

Monday, August 20, 2012

More Holland & Holland: Neckwear for the Urban Safari

A tiger under a palm tree - one of several animal print-themed neckties from Holland & Holland.

Several readers asked if I might post a few of the patterns from some of my Holland & Holland ties - I get the impression that these are somewhat rare to see here in the United States since the 57th street shop closed. I regularly wear several of the ties in the fall and winter. Some are not in the rotation so I had to dig around to find those. Several have animal prints and animals sewn into the tie, others are patterned, while still others are solid with subtle patterns inherent in the heavier fabrics. All are a joy to wear (or will be) - whether on urban , desert, or jungle safari.

The Leaping Stag:

Idling Deer:

Tiger Under Palm Tree:


Personally, I really love the cashmere ties made in England. 
The muted color palette is perfect for Fall.

A brown herringbone cashmere with a trace of moss green:

100% cashmere in steel grey and khaki:

A silk houndstooth that is also perfect for fall:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Animal-Print Pocketsquare: A little bit Drake's, a little bit Holland & Holland

Exquisite Trimmings  is a cool tumblr that usually posts some really eye-catching images. Just the other day, there were a few images of a few animal print pocket squares from Drake's re-blogged from Alan See's blog. Drake's ties and squares are all the rage right now, and its not very hard to see why.

Image from lnsee tumblr

Tiger pocketsquares in beautiful colors by Drake’s of London
Image from lnsee tumblr

Perusing the images of the prints on various blogs and websites, I was struck by how they remind me of the Holland & Holland prints that my wife used to purchase for me every now and then.

Also, made in England, the Holland & Holland ties and squares had more of an outdoorsman or hunting motif in keeping with their British colonial aesthetic, but its not too difficult to see the similarities. I would not be terribly surprised to discover that Drake's is utilizing the same source for its patterns/fabrics, and manufacturing them in the same factory that Holland & Holland uses.

I'm away from the city at the moment, but I'll have to make a mental note to pop into Bloomingdale's when I return to see patterns are available. For now, I'll have to think about working my Holland & Holland squares into the rotation.

[Pictured above with Holland & Holland pocket-squares: linen eight-piece pie cap from Borsalino; Malvern III in chestnut antique and canvas twill by Edward Green; houndstooth driving cap from Lock & Co.]

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Fall of the House of Sulka @ A Suitable Wardrobe

Will Boehlke published a piece that I wrote around the 10-year anniversary of the demise of the legendary haberdasher A. Sulka & Co. You can link to the post at A Suitable Wardrobe here