I’ve been tie-wearer for over 50 years. Through the years my ties have become a part of my own story. I look at them and often flashback to earlier times. My favorite ties are the Atkinson's Irish Poplin club ties, of which I bought a number in the -80 s. I wear a tie with a suit, often with a pullover, and always when I play golf with my hickory-shafted clubs.
“I wear a tie with a suit, often with a pullover, and always when I play golf“
I appreciate a tie that adds something to an outfit. A good tie can give the whole look a boost and shows confidence and taste. It doesn’t have to be flashy and bright, interesting material can be louder then any color.
“Interesting material can be louder then any color.“
The tie is a classic, there are circumstances when it's mandatory. My relationship to the tie is therefore somewhat complicated, In the summer though, I can see myself in a loosely knotted tie in a thinner material, the tie begins to seem cool all over again.
“I can see myself in a loosely knotted tie in a thinner material“
To me, the tie is about the party, about smoking a great cigar, about feeling confident, about looking cool in an after party with the ladies grabbing you by the tie.
“To me, the tie is about the party“
The opportunities for a man to express himself through his clothing are somewhat limited, especially in business settings. The tie is really the only accepted accessory, apart from possibly, cufflinks and a watch. Moreover there’s an important social aspect to wearing a tie - if I put on a tie for a meeting, it establishes that I take it seriously – the tie allows me to show my respect for the person I’m meeting.
“The tie allows me to show my respect for the person I’m meeting“