You will probably have noticed a slight sharpening up with the clothes we are currently choosing – the psychologists tell us its connected to the more serious discussions we face in the world. Whatever the reason, I felt it was definitely time to bring out a range of silk ties.
I have to confess I did get rather obsessed when it came to choosing a silk base cloth but after several months of testing and trialling different weights of silk with various different printing methods, I finally found a beautiful weighty silk twill to print on. As I’m sure you will know, twill is recognised by its diagonal parallel ridges on its surface – which when made up into a tie sit horizontally (ties are cut on a 45 degree angle). When the knot is tied the silk catches the light beautifully and gives the print an added depth of colour.
So here is where it gets a little obsessive. I really like silk hopsack too. Hopsack (named after the woven sacks they collected hops in) is a plain, ‘basket’ weave. I love it. It has an understated look about it, has a stunning surface texture, very fine in this case, and is woven but is also sharp. It’s the perfect cloth if you like linen but need something a notch sharper. So the ties are available in a choice of twill or hopsack…the difference is very subtle between the two cloths, the choice is really only there in case you, like me, have a ‘thing’ about either hopsack or twill 🙂
There are several new designs plus some of the old favourites have made the silk collection. They are also now available with a standard 8cm or a narrower 7cm blade. Most of the new prints have been inspired by iconic buildings which are all described on the shop but I would love to tell you a little about ‘Freedom’ print just now.
Freedom print was inspired by Freedom Tower, in Miami which was built in 1925 and designed by architects Schultze and Weaver. The building was originally constructed as a printing facility for the Miami News but later became an administrative centre for Cuban refugees in the 1960’s. It is is now a prominent museum and cultural centre. The printing facility appealed to me as the tie of course is printed. The design has a slight retro Cuban vibe to it, a nod to the refugee centre, and great to think of a building which has successfully reinvented itself throughout history as ties have done too.
The colour palette is Biscayne Sea blue, bronzed sand to reflect the tower’s render and nearby beach and the deep brown of Cuban cigars. The linear shape and the rectangles represent the many windows of the tall tower.
Several of the new prints have a connection to Miami as I was commissioned by Dr.Stacey Hunter of Local Heroes Design to create new work which would encompass a feeling of contemporary luxury within a colour palette from Miami’s Art Deco period. It was an exciting commission which triggered a whole series of new work which lends itself to being printed onto silk.
‘Kiss Kiss’ print (first photo) has no real connection to Miami though, I shall tell you about that print next time.
Thanks for reading and if anyone has been to Freedom Tower in Miami I would love to hear about it!