Monday, March 14, 2011

Raw Silk For S/S

As the seasons change so does your neckwear.  I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that you've already been bombarded with countless tie options in a variety of S/S fabrics and patterns.  Most, if not all, of these are fine.  Shit, you probably already own a few similar versions.  Let's forget about that seersucker and those critters for a second.  Once again, these are totally fine, but for those of you who are after some texture more along the lines of the wool and cashmere F/W ties you wear and love, there is an option you may have overlooked - I'm talking about raw silk neck ties.  The natural slub of the shantung silk creates a pretty unique texture and look that falls perfectly between dressed up and casual.  In fact, a new raw silk tie is probably more versatile than your current crop of S/S ties and can easily go between your suits and more relaxed S/S jackets.  As with anything even remotely neckwear related, Drakes has the best stuff.  Their raw silk seems to have the best texture and they offer widths of both 2.8" (7cm) and 3.1" (8cm).  However, the color combinations might be a little little stale for some.  If that's the case, J. Press offers a bunch of in your face stripes and patterns featuring tons of bright colors done up in raw silk.  Either way you're probably going to look a bit sharper than if you bought a new tie with lobsters playing golf on it.  But don't take my word for it.  Shantung has that coveted ODB cosign.  Wait, he's talking about neckwear, right?


[Last picture courtesy of Die, Workwear!]

-L.A.S

[Editor's Note: Shout out to Nico for the assistance.]

10 comments:

  1. Both great brands but I saw some great raw silk neckties AND bowties for S/S 11. Best out IMHO

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  2. I didn't know what raw silk was. I learned something today. These are dope.

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  3. That last photo is amazing - perfect colors!

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  4. Thank you so much for this. I've always been excited for fall, when I can break out textured wool ties. And then disappointed as spring starts to roll around, because they need to be retired for too many months. Plain silk just doesn't do it for me. So this is getting me pumped for spring/summer neckwear!

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  5. Love them... Actually Drakes has some pretty awesome colors if you click through each style.

    http://www.drakes-london.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=shantung

    Some of the pastels look amazing with the slub...

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  6. Oops did not realize you had linked them... Stupid in Tumblr browser... My bad!

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  7. I gotta give u some props for this on laurence, I had no idea what raw silk was, but this stuff could really set an outfit off.

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  8. Great stuff! I know what I'm buying next.
    You got any cheaper options for someone in Europe as well? £100 from Drakes is a bit steep for a tie imo.

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  9. what happened to this blog? i used to be excited to check this on a daily basis. cool stuff i have never heard of/seen before. screenshots from movies with great style. etc

    nowadays, you rarely update, and if i want to see a lookbook, ill subscribe to catalogs. not hating because i'll still be here and i enjoy your writing and taste, but just saying.

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