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Ode to Ties

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October 30, 2013 by Ville Raivio

‘And I say that the necktie is the linchpin of the modern wardrobe. Almost every article of clothing we wear is designed to be worn either with or without it, and its presence or absence is the first rule of every written and unwritten dress code. When the tie finally dies, tailored clothing will not long outlive it. And the reason is that that it is the one article of ceremony that survived Brummell’s great purge of powdered wigs, buckled pumps, silk knee breeches, and brocaded coats–anything not offering warmth, protection, or comfort. Its sole function is to signify that we have risen so far above necessity that we can afford to buy beautiful pieces of silk and tie them around our necks without fear that they will be scorched in battle, torn in the hunt, or soiled by toil.’

~ Nicholas Antongiavanni in The Suit


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