In my last post I mentioned that I was considering both the cravat (Ascot) and a grey wool tie – a must have for the weekend wardrobe.
The cost of ties, socks, pocket squares and their like can quickly add up as you try to assemble your look. When you’ve splashed your cash on the big ticket items ignoring those little details, or at least putting off their purchase, is perfectly understandable. And yet the devil is in the detail.
Making a seasonal list can help with this – yes I’m banging on about lists again. This is the ‘core wardrobe’ principle; you buy only those things which already compliment items in your existing wardrobe. However, if you’re contemplating more radical alterations to your look this doesn’t really help. And of course the unexpected can happen, as in my own case when I decided to go down the route of jean jackets and plaid shirts.
Whether you’re travelling the same road as me or a different path here are a few sources I highly recommend for those all important accessories – independent retailers all.
The Cordial Churchman: American based, I briefly mentioned this one before. I just love what she (Ellie LaVeer Stager) is doing. Handmade ties and bow ties in some wonderful fabrics. I’m not quite ready for Madras bows but I’m thinking of picking up a velvet bow tie for a Black Tie dinner in Rome next January. Prices are really reasonable and I love the idea of having something handmade.
Fine and Dandy Shop: Another US based company this is an excellent source for old school style accessories – neckerchiefs, sock suspenders, tie pins, pocket squares etc. Well worth checking out, as is their look-book blog – some great pictures for inspiration.
Dandy Store: French website this, with some really beautiful wool ties and socks. My grey tie money may well go this way. Prices are reasonable, but as a small business they don’t have unlimited stock.
A. Sauvage: This is a recently launched London based label selling luxury off the peg tailoring with modern cuts but classic styling. Whatever your thoughts on the prices for these off the peg bits, he is producing some lovely wool ties at affordable prices. I really fancy one of his wool ties which suit almost any type of clothing or style. Available from Matches.com. This is very much one to watch.
Bromleys: This web based business is run by a lovely feller by the name of Michael Campy, who I had the pleasure of interviewing a few years ago. Very much classic bit of kit, from collar bars to cravats. Based in Leeds, England, Michael has considerable experience in the tailoring world having been a trouser maker before setting up his business. He delivers all over the world.