China Rich have been driving the global luxury economy for the last few years now, and it’s no surprise that the brands to which they’re most loyal would follow their expatriate customers.
Opening this week in downtown Vancouver’s luxury district on Alberni Street, the Chinese jeweler Lao Feng Xiang opened its doors on September 26 with a media launch and glitzy invitation-only gala reception. For more on Lao Feng Xiang, here’s my article with Retail Insider’s Craig Patterson from last February. To get ready for the launch, there was only one knot I could use for this particular event: the diamond knot, in a vintage Donna Karan tie.
Invented by Anatoliy Zhygarev, the tie is a slightly more complicated version of the Trinity knot you may have seen around, which is a favourite of my fellow blogger SIM G. Essentially it is tied like the simpler Trinity knot, but all you need to top it off is make an extra loop around the base of the knot and pull it up towards your neck. This requires you to pull, tighten and adjust at various steps, so one does not rush tying the Diamond knot. The final flourish is to pull up the little end towards the top and hide the tail under your collar. When you pull down your collar over the knot, you have a finished tie that looks like a diamond.
Try as we might, we were unable to find a diagram on the diamond tie with in either English or in Russian (using my rudimentary Google skills pa Russkii), but we will instead link you to the original video.
The only other “Diamond knot” we were able to find were for lanyards, which is useful but not suited for a luxury menswear blog. Since Anatoliy works through the presentation very slowly, with English subtitles, going step-by-step is easier done than said. Just remember to mirror his steps and you will get the desired result. However, if you want an English-language version, Patrick Novotny has done a mirrored tutorial here.
This tutorial does go faster though, so you will want to pause at certain points. Remember that the trick to making this knot a sharper version of the Trinity is that you will need to selectively pull and tighten as you go along, creating a more defined look. It has a more sleek, refined look that cuts a figure the way diamonds cut glass.
We’d like to thank Andy Chu of FMA Entertainment for the invitation and Katherine Xu, Vice President of Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry on Alberni Street for allowing us to photograph in their new space. Congratulations on the location in the luxury district, and welcome to Vancouver!
Tie carefully, yours in knotwerk,
(All photographs by Helen Siwak of THEClosetYVR)