I've been fascinated with the endless possibilities of dye-sublimation printing and, specifically, it's application to t-shirts, ties and other apparel.
Having been beholden to my findings when I forage for outstanding fabrics in my favorite fabric haunts in NYC, I can now create my own textile patterns and designs for use in printing.
I will be developing and marketing a capsule collection of graphic "all-over" print tees, ties, leggings, pocket squares, etc. in the coming months. Stay tuned.
I remember as a young boy, yearning to emulate my father in so many ways. This is a common and natural aspiration of many children.
The right matching necktie is one of those infrequent but opportune moments where a kid can feel "grown up" and proudly in the flow of that childhood longing.
I embrace this notion and have been asked by retailers and individuals to expand on this genre and intend to do so. Look for more of these sets to come!
Ikat fabric exhibits a subtle "blurriness" that is a result of a it's resist dyeing process. No two pieces will ever look identical,...which appeals greatly to me, because it fits well with my design sensibility of coaxing out subtleties and relationships that are unexpected and fresh. Deft cropping and composition puts an interesting spin on color blocking.
While tie silhouettes are ever shifting, from narrow to wide and back, I always find room in my collection for some ultra-slim ties.
The lack of sheer mass draws one's attention to interesting fabrication techniques, details and those perfect imperfections found only a hand-made ties. Note the "fissure" of color on the burgundy/olive tie and the powder blue/navy tie, the result of laying an accent strip of fabric between two opposing selvage edges, or the fire-engine red welted stripe on the teal/black tie.
The two tones of denim on the far left tie are joined by the horizontal black bands of cotton ticking.
I don't consider any design successful if it doesn't "dance"!
As a small-batch neckwear and accessories designer, it is a constant struggle to find the best and most inspiring raw material from which to ply my craft.
Recently, I took matters into my own hands and began designing custom embroidery patterns, some of which were used on the Kentucky Derby bow ties.
Now I'm expanding the notion to include neckties,...three examples of which are offered in the web store.
I'm captivated by the old loom process where "slubs" occur in fairly unpredictable but delightful ways. Japanese denim is cherished because of the perfect imperfections that give it great character and depth. This serves as inspiration for what you see in this example above.
Stay tuned as I explore the genre's potential!
Trine, an LA based boutique experience agency approached Timo Weiland and me with the challenge of creating bespoke bow ties for their clients who were bound for The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Derby is undoubtedly the preeminent occasion to peacock and strut-your-stuff....men in bow ties and ladies in stylish, flamboyant hats.
They wanted to go way beyond just "gifting" a tie however. Rather, they asked us to design an array of ties that were highly customizable by each individual to suit their personal preferences.
Always up for a design challenge, we delved right in!
Our solution was to create five "genres" of ties,...seersucker, horseshoe motif, thoroughbred motif, geometric and derby festive.
Each design genre offered multiple choices of fabric, color and custom embroidery combinations. When all of the permutations were taken into account, the variables numbered in the hundreds!
The real challenge was in organizing the process so that it would be engaging without being overwhelming.
You be the judge, but we were pleased with the effort and results.
Each tie was tailor-made to the client's specifications and delivered in the custom designed package bearing the collaboration of Timo Weiland and Richard Tao.
This was a unique and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to similar endeavors in the future.
To quote Winston Churchill - "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle"!