Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Handsome Men Wearing Neckties

Jose Brandt, a very handsome man
 wearing a necktie
Left off the list of the 75 best dressed men in history by Esquire Magazine

Its hard to imagine how Esquire Magazine could overlook such a handsome guy, however they did just that.  It's possible that they just made a simple mistake.

Jose Brandt is a friend of mine's son and since this photo was taken at Wallmart over one year ago, he has become quite fond of ties.  Now, he has several "real" neckties that I have given him.   In his collection is an Xmen tie, a Disney Mickey Mouse tie, and a Yogi the Bear tie.  He is quite a busy guy so we have not had the time to schedule another photo shoot.  I guess his agent will have to impress upon him the value of being included in this blog.

Checkout our previous post Best Dressed Men of All Time

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Neckties On The Menu

Mikheil Saakashvili nervous chewing his tie
Eat Your Tie

Got the munchies? When a Snickers or a slice of pizza just will not suffice you can eat your necktie. Finally someone came up with the perfect use for ties besides just being a fashion accessory as a form of personal artistic expression. It's not your ordinary run of the mill silk or poly tie that will fill this need. Well, maybe an ordinary tie could serve the same purpose as the “ Edible Reformist Tie,” latest contribution to men’s fashion however a regular necktie may not tastes as sweet and certainly will have no nutritional value. These neckties are actually sweet snacks made of traditional Georgian dried plum puree.

Why anyone would decide to make ties that can be eaten is not the usual brainstorm of an idea. The “Edible Tie” is result of a need to make a political statement by some clever and proud Georgians in Tbilisi that felt a need to answer back to anti-Georgian propaganda in the Russian media. It seems that the Russian media and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are making fun of the fact that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili nervous chewing of his necktie from a television interview concerning the Georgian - Russia War of 2008 during what he thought was an “off camera.”  Referring to the infamous necktie eating Saakashvili, Putin joked that a meeting of Western leaders in Kiev in 2008 should be ”tie-less” as the Georgian president would scarf up the ties of the other leaders. So it is politics and national pride that is actual the brain child of this not-for-wearing necktie.

For the full explanation check out the article from news24 as it appeared on line Sept 13, 2011. 
Edible tribute to tie-chewing president

Read more here and see the television new broadcast
Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty

Checkout the You Tube Video of Saakashvili chewing his tie. 

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The 75 Best Dressed Men of All Time

Cary Grant, smooth operator,
Cary Grant, smooth operator, taught the world that there is
no substitute for good tailoring, and that there is no better
tailoring than the  kind found on Savile Row.
Esquire's 75 best dressed men ever

This is something worth checking out.  Some of these guys are naturals and others you may be surprised to find here.  My favorites are posted here.

Click the link to view the entire list Esquire's 75 Best Dressed Men of All Time

Al Pacino as Michael Corleon, gangster.
Al Pacino as Michael Corleon, gangster. An
important lesson in personal style. If you
want to look  important, dress important.

Marlon Brando, because he wore the clothes
Marlon Brando, because he wore the clothes - not the
 other way around.

Hugh Hefner - Playboy, the former Esquire
Hugh Hefner - Playboy, the former Esquire
editor epitomized mid-century swagger with
 suits, skinny ties, and his ever-present pipe.

Fred Astaire, “People think I was born in
Fred Astaire, “People think I was born in
top hat and tail.” He could dance like no one
else, and he always looked really good at it.

Al Capone, gangster this pinstripe suits, loved polka  dots.
Al Capone, gangster this pinstripe suits, loved polka  dots.
  He used clothing to express his larger than life  personality.

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery as James Bond,  nobody made
it look easier. 

Muhammad Ali, heavyweight champion of the world
Muhammad Ali, heavyweight champion of the world
 as much precision with his suiting as he did in the ring.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Guy Style Guide - Fashion Tips on Neckties

Necktie Style
For a business staple, many men still get this garment so badly wrong, so keep these quick tips in mind at all times. Quick Mens Fashion Tips 4 Neckties - The Guys Style Guide

Here you will find some great advice about necktie selection, and tie knotting.  There is a great wealth of information regarding men's fashion and style on Guy Style Guide  

Another post of interest that is related is The Ultimate Mens Clothing Fit Guide

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Necktie Strangler by Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock Another necktie strangling
(Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images) 
Murder by Necktie

Film director Sir Alfred Hitchcock buys a copy of the Evening Standard, with a chilling headline on July 26, 1971. He was in London publicizing his film "Frenzy," in which a serial killer uses a necktie to strangle his victims.

It is called serendipity - when as if by accident an event is orchestrated without planning or direction.  Sometimes things just fall into place perfectly.  This could not be illustrated greater than when Alfred Hitchcock was on a promotional visit to England regarding his novel Frensy.  The "Master of Suspense" became quite astonished to confront a sensational London Evening Standard Newspaper cover, "Another Necktie Strangling,"

His tale of a serial killer's unique method of murder by necktie strangulation was coincidentally an almost exact mirror reflection of reality.  In his chilling novel, very similar to a real serial murder spree in London,  the victims - all women - are turning up naked, raped and strangled by neckties. The Necktie Murderer is terrorizing London and police are desperate to track him down. All evidence leads to an innocent man, who must elude the law to prove his innocence. Finding the real murderer is the only way he can salvage his freedom.

Read more here Culture Vulture Alfred Hitchcock Frensy
watch the trailer on Squidoo Hitchcock's Frenzy
Read about Hitchcock Wikipedia Alfred Hitchcock

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Table Napkins Shaped Like Neckties

Table Napkin Neckties
Your table dressing will never be complete until Napkin Neckties are gracing the silverwear, and plates.  If ever a gentleman felt like wiping his hands with his tie this will relieve that temptation.

Maybe this is the beginning of a resurgence in ties.  At this point anything cannot hurt.

For complete instructions on how to create such a wonderful table necktie napkin and other table napkin folding tricks visit Napkin Folding Guide

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Dads and Grads - How To Select the Right Necktie

Dads and Grads -
Neckties for gifts?
Buying a necktie for a grad or dad. 

Its a father's day gift that often has extra concern.  The same goes for a graduation gift.   This post may help you to get the perfect gift for a husband/father or your son or boyfriend who is graduating.

In my never ending search on-line and everywhere else I continually find things that matter to men that dress up.  This article about how to buy your husband or a son a tie that I found on How To Do Things discusses the unique challenges that a wife, a friend or even a child may face while buying a necktie for a gift.  Whether buying a tie is meant for a gift for Father's Day, as a graduating gift for a young man, a birthday, or any occasion this article will be very helpful.  The last thing you may want to do is to buy a Superman necktie, a Mickey Mouse tie, or a Star Wars tie for a man that may like Superman, Star Wars or Disney but would not be caught dead wearing a novelty tie.  Or, he may be shy and not be able to handle the attention that a conversation tie attracts.

Many of those cute ties illustrating Marvin the Martian, Tweety, or Spiderman are actually really nice ties, however the guy who gets a cartoon character tie as a gift may be a stock broker or banker and he would not want to have his associates be laughing at him behind his back.  The same rule goes the other way; many guys would never wear a conservative necktie, as dressing too seriously would go against his personality.  Understanding a man's character, and for certain knowing him truly will help in this matter. 

There are the easy ones like the Tabasco Tie collector who would never wear anything else or the father who will wear a Winnie the Pooh tie regardless of what his associates think, because his little girl loves Pooh.  I would imagine that if someone is considering buying a tie for a guy - his taste in neckties has already become understood.  Neckties are a personal fashion statement though and this is a place that certain lines must not be crossed.   Sometimes, gift neckties that we sell at Nice Tie Store are returned with notes, "I really love Superman but I cannot wear such a necktie."

Neckties are important clothing accessories for men, especially for those who are always wearing formal attire. They can accentuate and flatter a man's suit. However, neckties can also make or break a man's overall appearance. This is why choosing the right necktie to use for men is very important.

Neckties are also perfect gifts for men.  read more on How To Do Things

Checkout our previous post A Men's Fashion Perspective.

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