Introducing Silk Twill & Hopsack Ties

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.

Kiss Kiss graphic silk tie designed by Niki Fulton

Kiss Kiss Silk Tie

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.

Lovewell Silk Tie designed by Niki Fulton

Lovewell Silk Tie

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 ūüôā

Breton Signal Silk Tie designed by Niki Fulton

Breton Signal Silk Tie

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 Silk Tie designed by Niki Fulton

Freedom Silk Tie

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!

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Local Heroes Design Boutique at G&V Hotel – and a Competition!

An exciting commission came in this month when Dr.Stacey Hunter, curator and director of¬†Local Heroes Design¬†invited me to take part in her¬†Love Design project. The theme was ‘modern elegance’ with a colour palette inspired by 1930’s Miami.

I was to design a collection of linen union ties and bowties,  (I was inspired by two iconic Miami buildings Рmore on that below). Jeweller Euan McWhirter designed a stack of bracelets made from interwoven gemstones and crystalline Swarovski shapes, Karen Mabon a silk pocket square which gentlemen can fold into a jacket pocket while ladies can wear around the neck as a gavroche in the Parisian style. Emma McDowall created a pastel concrete coin dish and vase to reflect the designer’s interest in colour and material play and Moira Warren of Patience Jewellery created diamond and lemon quartz drop earrings designed to convert from stud to elegant drop.

Local Heroes Competition

Local Heroes Design Love Design Project designers

Left to right: Moira Warren, Niki Fulton, Karen Mabon, Euan McWhirter, Emma McDowall. Photo by Ross Fraser McLean.

The¬†showcase is on display until the end of February at the five star¬†G&V Hotel¬†on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and by the way, the hotel¬†has a stunning interior which has¬†just been designed¬†by¬†Graven Images¬†design studio…and also has rather a good cocktail bar, The Epicurian.¬†

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Love Design showcase G&V Hotel

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Ties & bowties for Love Design, Local Heroes Design

The Freedom bowtie (top right) is a print inspired by the iconic Freedom Tower in Miami, which was completed in 1925. I enjoyed thinking about this buildings purpose over time – originally as a printing facility then as a centre for helping Cuban refugees and now as a museum and cultural education centre. The tower is tall and linear and its sandy yellow facade is broken up by many windows. The blue in the design is to represent the blue waters of the adjacent Biscayne sea.

Lovewell Tie

Lovewell Tie

The Lovewell¬†print has been¬†inspired by the iconic Miami Post Office designed by architect Howard Lovewell Cheney¬†¬†completed¬†in 1937. The pale pink rotunda with prominent cupola of the post office offset by the green lawns is what initiated the circular design and pale colour palette. The tie has a wedding vibe to it…another reason I called it the Lovewell.

Anyway, more importantly, the details for the competition!

 

Local Heroes Competition

Pop into G&V Royal Mile Hotel at 1 George IV Bridge to win one of 5 Scottish design objects. To enter, tag your Instagram photo with #GandVlovedesign and follow @gandvhotel or @epicurean_bar before the end of February.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh will pick five lucky winners who will each receive one of the prizes listed below.

PRIZES

Miami Signal Tie by Niki Fulton

Silk Pocket Square by Karen Mabon

Concrete Vase by Emma McDowall

Concrete Coin Dish by Emma McDowall

Rope Bracelet by Euan McWhirter

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Entrants can apply if already following @gandvhotel or @epicurean_bar on Instagram
  • Entrants can enter competition multiple times
  • To enter competition users have to follow @gandvhotel or @epicurean_bar on Instagram (or already be¬†following), tag their photo with @gandvhotel or @epicurean_bar and use hashtag #GandVlovedesign
  • Winners will be notified through Instagram
  • G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh retain the right to amend or change the competition at any time
  • Winner will recieve one of 5 stated prizes (Subject to availability and change at G&V‚Äôs discretion).
  • Winners are required to provide a valid address for delivery of prize
  • Winners to be chosen by G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh Social Media Department
  • Competition to run between 10 and 28 February 2017
  • By entering the G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh photo competition you give us permission to distribute your image across any other G&V Marketing channel
  • Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of winning

Top Drawer, London SS17 ‘Spotted’ Section Stand SP55

If you are in London next week it would be fantastic to see you РI will be exhibiting at Top Drawer , Olympia from Sunday 15th РTuesday 17th January in the Spotted section, stand SP55 Рplease drop by if you can! It is a trade only show and you can register here.

Top Drawer, London SS17

Highlights include BBC2’s Great Pottery Throw Down judge,¬†Keith Brymer Jones who will be throwing pots to a live audience and keynote speakers¬†include¬†Leanne Manfredi from the V&A, Lucy Lines from John Lewis, Bethan Williams-James from Liberty, Sally Bendelow from notonthehighstreet.com¬†and Rebecca Hossain from the Design Museum.

There is also an eco product trail, a GB product trail (which includes my stand, named Niki Fulton), trend tracking fashion shows and loads more too – so wear your trainers, you could notch up several miles!

Like many other exhibitors, I will be launching several new pieces, including the Eclipse print now available in blue plus a brand new collection of bow-ties , both linen and silk pocket squares plus scarves, both silk and wool.

Blue Eclipse Linen Tie by Niki Fulton

Blue Eclipse Linen Tie

Fennel Tangle Linen Bow-tie by Niki Fulton

Fennel Tangle Linen Bow- Tie

Pink Fennel Silk Pocket Square by Niki Fulton

Pink Fennel Silk Pocket Square

Eclipse Linen Pocket Square

Eclipse Linen Pocket Square

…and if you are thinking it’s odd to have graphic prints (Eclipse) and¬†floral prints (Fennel Tangle) in one collection , I have to confess that there are also stripes, abstract and painterly prints (and many colours) …some days I feel very bold and graphic and others lighter and painterly, don’t ask me why, it’s just the way I work so the ‘collection’ is pretty varied but then who wants to wear the same kind of look day in day out ūüėČ