When it comes to fashion, they say men like to stick their heads in the sand like ostriches and not pay attention to what they wear. In Vancouver, we often commit the sartorial sin of defaulting to rain gear or our beloved yoga pants. Sometimes we dress down, but more often than not, the dapper man knows that dressing well and looking good reflects their character and not just their fashion sense.
It doesn’t take much to dress well, and look luxurious without being a slave to fast fashion or trends, and finding a truly stylish man should not be a rarity. In this week’s blog post, we tie a limited edition Seigo Katsuragawa in the Ostrich knot.
This is what I call a “little end” knot, one where we use the narrow end to make the knot. Start with the wide end at your navel, where the bottom will rest. Loop the little end over the wide end close to your neck. Make a loop around the centre of your knot twice. Bring the little end over the centre, and to the other side. This should create a loop in the centre. You will finish the knot by taking the little end and “feeding” it through the final loop, and run it along the neck. Tuck the little end underneath your collar. The finished result is an asymmetrical knot that looks like an ostrich.
Taking a little time and effort to create the Ostrich knot is not difficult, as long as you set it up properly. Similarly, taking a little time and effort to make conscious fashion choices is key to any man’s wardrobe. Investing in solid, well made basics is the cornerstone of a great wardrobe. Even a simple turtleneck can be dressed up with a blazer and slacks, or made casual with dark jeans, boots and a bomber jacket. The added effect is that you create great classic looks, spend less time at the mall replacing trends that look outdated very quickly, reduce the manufacturing carbon footprint (your wallet will thank you too) and never go out of style.
In choosing your cravat, it never hurts to be selective to make your sartorial statement. Seigo Katsuragawa is a maker of rare Japanese ties, with just three locations in New York. Made from glorious Kyoto silk and hand-sewn to perfection in Tokyo, Mr. Katsuragawa only makes eight of every one of his creations (I’m wearing #6 of that series). It’s this trend against mass production that makes the brand eco-friendly and luxurious, perfectly matching exclusivity with the environment.
Known simply as “Seigo Neckwear” in New York, the company has a simple English language Blogspot site and pricing starts at $85 per tie, a relative bargain compared to the higher-end luxury brands, and connoisseurs of the brand know his pieces when they see them.
We’d like to thank Telus for letting us shoot in their beautiful conference space at the new Telus Garden in Vancouver.
Tie carefully, yours in knotwerk,
(Photography by Helen Siwak of THECloset YVR)