There are two kinds of Cosmos in this world: the drink popularized by the immortal Sex & the City in its millennial heyday, and cosmonauts. I thought of both not just when I was watching The Martian a few weeks ago and its narrative undercurrent of ecological sustainability, but also when I came across a crafty Cosmo Knot, another great hybrid knot (Hyrule was the first on Knotwerk) by Alex Krasny of Agree or Die. A clever play on the word “cosmonaut”, which is Russian for “astronaut”, this is a combination of the Van Wijk and Cape Knots, which I wrapped in a vintage Guy Laroche couture cravat. We recently sat down to delicious Cosmopolitans in the luxurious Glowbal flagship location.
Start by creating a Van Wijk knot, but using the little end instead of the wide end. You will start by wrapping the little end three times around the centre, or “orbiting” like a cosmonaut. Once you’re done, take the remainder of the little end and finish it off tying it over and around both sides of the centre, tucking the back end into the loop, the way you finish off the Atlantic or Cape knot. The Cosmo works well with either a wider-end or narrow, thinner tie. I would caution against using a thick fabric on it, and found through experimentation that a wider tie creates a bigger Cosmo, whereas a narrower tie will be less pronounced but no less prominent in appearance. A shorter tie will also result in the little end being “swallowed” up, leaving there no Cape Knot-like finish, but it also creates a cleaner look that shows off the knot alone, to great effect. Simply tuck the little end the way Krasny describes in his video, and you’re sure to have a knot that’s out of this world.
Guy Laroche’s designs have long been well-regarded, ever since the middle of the twentieth century. Known for his modest character, Laroche’s designs were haute couture but with a practical bend. He was among the first to create separates for women for his ready-to-wear collection. His aesthetic was particularly tied into the 1960s, a time when the world was obsessed with cosmonauts and countries competed to see who would be the first to achieve the dream of flying into space. You can see some of his design elements and a hint of the counterculture in this week’s cravat.
We’d like to thank Francis Pendon, Tara Armstrong and Monika Kodnani of Glowbal Restaurants in the eco-friendly TELUS Garden building for allowing us to shoot for this week’s blog post. Drop by and join us for drinks sometime: in your Cosmo Knot, of course.
Tie carefully, yours in knotwerk,
(Photography and compilations by Helen Siwak of THECloset YVR)