Feeling bullish going into the holiday season? We’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, especially from holiday décor. Maybe it’s the time of year to cocoon and watch old musicals, like one of my personal favourites Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Perhaps that’s why we were inspired to create a look inspired by the film in the middle of a barber shop, minus the Tim Burton-Stephen Sondheim bloodlust but keeping the aesthetic as fresh as the blood vampires crave. For this week’s Knotwerk, we tie the Linwood Taurus Knot in a vintage Lanvin tie, shot on location at Yaletown’s Man Cave Barber Shop in downtown Vancouver.
The Linwood Taurus (click for tutorial) begins with the little end choked up, just a bit below your neck. Cross over the front and create a traditional spiral on both sides of the tie. Don’t tighten up the loops, keep them slightly loose as you will need to work with them. Take the wide end and, going from right to left, feed the cravat through both loops through. Do this gingerly or the entire knot will unravel. Wrap the wide end up and over the centre, over the front. You will notice that underneath, you’ve created a central loop between the two side loops. Feed the wide end down the middle of the centre loops. This is a tie that looks bolder and better when loose, so even if you’ve tied this rather tightly, loosening the two side loops and just a little of the centre will give you an illusion of a bull or Taurus. It’s a little like the Viper Knot, where you use the tie to give an appearance of an animal. Our editor loves animals here at THECloset YVR, so playful knots like these always tickle her fancy.
This week’s shoot took place at Man Cave Barber Shop. Formerly housed only in Yaletown and Metrotown, Man Cave recently added two chairs to the new Frank & Oak flagship that opened last week in Gastown. Where else in town can dapper men get groomed, shop for the latest fashions, and emerge whole again?
We discussed the recent expansion with owner Sam, who looks forward to a long-lasting collaboration with Frank & Oak and, hopefully, will give rise to a trend of Vancouver men putting more effort into their every aspect of their look. If you’re looking for a complete experience in creating new looks or putting together that perfect holiday outfit, look no further than Man Cave and Frank & Oak.
Tie carefully, yours in knotwerk,
(Photography and compilations by Helen Siwak of THECloset YVR)