The last week of June 2015 was an incredible milestone for LGBTQ rights in the United States. The SCOTUS decision declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states set off a tidal wave of celebrations that coincided with Gay Pride Month, and coincidentally on the eve of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. We celebrate Pride in mid-summer in Vancouver, and this week we decided to take our photo shoot to the rainbow crosswalk in the heart of Davie Village.
The Nicky knot is a special one in that it is unexpected but simple to tie. This “eats” quite a bit of fabric, so start with the wide end past your belt and the narrow end at your navel, but here’s the catch: you lay the tie seam side up. So it appears your tie may be upside-down, but the Nicky is really a variation on the half-Windsor. This works especially well on thick or wider ties, and the look is clean yet sophisticated without the angular structure of the Windsor. This also works with a unique display, such as the Broich tie with buttons we have here, inviting people for a second look.
We chose this week’s tie colour to match the pink bus stops in our gay village. Our editor-in-chief Helen also chose a signature one-of-a-kind piece from bad-boy Antwerp-based gay designer Christoph Broich, as a nod to the grassroots history of the long fight for LGBTQ rights. So rare is this week’s selection that it not only contains decorative buttons, but it is also hand-painted by the designer himself. This unique tie is now available for sale here at THECloset YVR, but there is only one up for grabs.
Happy Pride Vancouver! Tie carefully, yours in knotwerk,
(All photographs by Helen Siwak of THEClosetYVR)