Tied Up in History
Tied with the Terracotta Elite
The origins of neckties go back to the 3rd century BC when Chinese soldiers tied silk cloth around their necks as a way of setting themselves apart as an elite corps. Similarly, the legionnaires of ancient Rome wore knotted neck cloths. These early ties were a mark of allegiance, wealth, and belonging.
Intermittently through the centuries since then some form of neckwear has been worn as part of a uniform or as an emblem of group belonging with the development of the modern necktie being traced back to Croatian mercenaries participating in the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century. The traditional small knotted neckerchiefs they wore aroused interest from the French, from which the fashion for cravats developed. Further evolution occurred through to the late 19th/early 20th centuries when bow ties and scarf /neckerchiefs were popular. From the 1920’s the long tie has developed in many guises to the forms in which it is still worn today.
Caring for Leather & Suede
Most staining on leather and suede garments occurs from finger handling and with jackets from rubbing to the back of the neck. Simple regular treatment will prevent a build up of unsightly stains.
The correct treatment is dependant on the type of leather or exotic skin.
Grained & Smooth Leather
- Protect collars from hair products, perspiration and body oils with a scarf, especially on higher collars
- Regularly dust or brush with a soft brush, or wipe clean with a slightly damp cloth.
- Treatment with proprietary cleaners or polishes should be carried out adhering strictly to the manufacturer’s instructions. Never use excessive quantities.
- Once a year the leather should be wiped with a slightly damp cloth. and then given a very light treatment with polish, and finally gently rubbed up with a soft clean cloth. Continue reading “Caring for Leather & Suede” »
Be first to the finishing line
- With the look almost complete, what else is there to help you stand out in the crowd? Get there first by finishing the look with some attention to the smaller but as important details.
- The pocket square is one of the best ways of pulling or adding colour to make a look pop!
- Invest in good quality squares and build your own collection, preferably patterns with multi colour and design as you’ll get more use, for both smart and casual dress.
- Some luxury brands have been designing beautiful and interesting pocket squares for years.
- Plain colours are best for a corporate look or more dressy occasions.
- White handkerchiefs can also be used as an alternative, especially with white collared and cuffed shirts.