Knotwerk by Ritchie Po: Zegna with Windsor

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Outfit: Tie by Ermenegildo Zegna / Shirt by Mexx / Watch by Dior. Image credit: Andrew Benson.

Zegna recently launched their annual summer sale. Perhaps the master of fine Italian suit makers, Zegna suits are perfect to wear at any age, by anyone. Their made-to-measure and ready-to-wear lines connote the ultimate in taste and boast immaculate construction, making the investment on any of their suits a great lifetime investment. Harry Rosen states that their suits start at C$2,195.00, but this is something that never goes out of style. Everywhere you go in a Zegna, you will elevate the tone.

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Perhaps the simplest and also most complicated of ties, the Windsor Knot (aka the Double Windsor) is the gold standard when it comes to trying a tie. In many ways, it is like the man after which it was named – Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor. For business meetings, romantic dinners or special occasions, you can’t wrong with the gold standard of knots.

The way to get the Windsor knot done right is to think of symmetry. When forming the knot, make sure that you replicate the first loop on both sides of the middle. Form is everything, and a firm “v” shape creates the structure you need to make the knot bold. From there, looping the rest of the fabric around and over will come naturally and conform to the structure you’ve made, making the tie flow naturally.

The one detail of this knot you’ll want to aim for is a strong dimple. If done right, it’ll form after you loop the tie through the knot and pull on it, and the fabric creates a ripple effect just beneath the knot. It makes people stare just a little longer and appreciate the detail you’ve put into the tie.

A Windsor Knot can be used with just about tie, any fabric, and is the easiest the adjust. If you need to loosen your collar or button up before a meeting, you can adjust the length using the short end of the tie so that it sits just at your belt buckle, and if it gets too long you can tuck that short end into your shirt to anchor (and hide the uneven length).

Tie carefully, yours in knotwerk,

Ritchie Po


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