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Thursday, May 28, 2009


Crimson Nicholas White Piping
Holland and Sherry Black Mayfair
Slim Crimson Nicholas with black piping

Wide Navy Yves. with White Piping

White Nicholas with black piping

Solid Black Nicholas

Slim Navy Yves with white piping

Slim Navy Nicholas with white piping

Midnight Blue Navy Francis F. with Holland and Sherry Velvet

Black Roger M. in Holland and Sherry Velvet

Crimson Nicholas with white piping

Crimson Nicholas with black piping

Black Francis F. using Holland and Sherry Velvet

The Collection is now available at Pratten, 50 William Street, Paddington.
or email me at: . All ties are $175.00 except for those which use Holland and Sherry fabric which are $215.00.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Black Tie

There has been a lot of debate over the way in which black tie standards have been altered to suit the new and younger set who are trying to disband from the set standards of yesteryear. I don't believe that anyone has the right to control what is and what is not Black Tie though I am deadly against some of the creations that both designers and patrons pass off as dinner wear.

The most influential website I have read on Black Tie remains the Black Tie Guide and I would suggest that anyone wishing to make a foray into the do's and don'ts of Black Tie ought to read this website start to finish before they try and desecrate an institution which has been around for almost 300 years starting with English Protestants who believed that wearing black was more pious.

Over time the dinner suit was generally defined by White Tie in the late 19th Century which involved both tails and a white waist coat. Generally the suits of this period were heavier wools and were constrictive on those that wore them. In 1886 an American millionaire named James Brown Potter, on a summer visit to England, was invited by the Prince of Wales to dine at Sandringham. Potter did not know what to wear and the Prince advised him to see his tailors on Savile Row. Henry Poole & Co subsequently made a jacket in the style that the Prince wore when at home. When Potter returned to the United States he showed off his new jacket at his country club named Tuxedo Park. This is the origin of the word we now sometimes use for the modern dinner suit and the shape of the jacket was to pave the way for current look of dinner wear as White Tie became less and less popular after the First World War when much of the classed based system which defined French, English and American cultures was relaxed and dinner suits became more prevalent.

The dinner suit today has survived, according to the Black Tie Guide, many different stages of evolution which include: The Jazz Age, The Classic Age, The Jet Age, The Peacock Age. Throughout the 20th Century we have toyed with the standards and ideas of what should be evening wear but some basic principles remain the grounding rules for Black Tie. I am about to reproduce them from the Black Tie Guide. Whilst I don't necessarily agree with them all, they are worth perusing.

Black Tie Defined

1. dinner jacket

• black is the norm
• midnight blue is equally correct
model can be:
• single-breasted
• double-breasted
lapels can be:
• peaked lapel
• shawl collar
• notched collar is most popular but considered
inappropriate by traditionalists
and can have:
• satin facing
• grosgrain facing
sleeve buttons: covered in same fabric as lapel facings
vents: no vents is most formal
2. black-tie trousers

color and material to match jacket
single braid along seams to match lapel facings
cut for suspenders

3. black-tie waist covering

black waist covering can be either:
• cummerbund made from silk to match jacket facings
• waistcoat made from silk or same material as jacket
worn with single-breasted jacket models but not with double-breasted
some style experts claim that waist coverings are not worn much these days

4. black-tie shirt

white fabric
collar can be:
• wing collar, described by many authorities as the most formal but some insist it is the exclusive domain of white tie
• turndown collar
fronts can be either pleated or piqué
shirt has eyelets for studs and French cuffs for links; some authorities allow for fly-fronts

5. black-tie neckwear

black silk bow tie to match lapel facings

6. black-tie footwear

black shoes:
• patent leather pumps are most traditional
• patent or highly polished oxfords are acceptable

7. black-tie accessories

black silk or fine fabric hose, over-the-calf length
suspenders of black or white silk
harmonizing black, gold or mother-of-pearl studs and cufflinks
white silk or linen handkerchief

However, despite these rules I have come to believe that there is scope to redefine the way we wish to dress in the evening. Black Tie is the best way to accentuate the colourful creations that women wear and the only way in which a man can look his best without having to necessarily compete against his fellow man. The dinner suit is a fantastic equalizer whilst still making each person look good.
One of the recent ideas I had was to create a smoking jacket in a black velvet to wear in the evening as an alternative to my Le Smoking YSL Dinner jacket. I felt that there was some scope to relax the normally favoured wool for velvet and to have a single vent in the rear of the jacket which allowed a more slimming fit even though it went against the more formal principles of Black Tie. I also at the same time wished to have a matching bow tie in black velvet even though the normal standard is to have the bow tie in a matching fabric to the lapels which in the case of my smoking jacket were satin. Though I was breaking the rules I did not feel I was being tasteless.
In short, I believe that the younger set today should try to rejuvenate the idea of wearing evening wear despite a worldwide cultural shift towards being more casual. The world might be evolving very quickly but the dinner suit remains a timeless garment which makes men look exceptional and compliments women by allowing them to shine with their colours and jewels. It would be a terrible loss to see Black Tie lost and whilst standards towards what is and what is not Black Tie may have changed, we should still be pushing towards lifting the standard of Evening Wear rather than seeing one of the last great institutions fall to the wayside in a world that has become all too casual.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Hi there, I have designed and developed a range of bow ties which I think will be quite popular for the winter season down under. I am stocking them at Pratten, 50 William Street, Paddington.

After some time I have managed to source the finest fabrics for the bow ties which include Holland and Sherry velvets and thick duchess satins. The range, called Le Noeud Papillon - Sydney, is named from the French word for bow tie which loosely translates as 'the knot of the butterfly.
After having been fascinated with the idea of tying my own bow tie for about three years, I was fortunate enough to find one in Paris last year at Charvet. It was a simple black duchess satin but I still didn't know how to tie the bow and it wasn't until I was back in Sydney that I managed to get it right. Once I started tying my own bow I was obsessed with getting my hands on different styles and shapes and I found a lot of information on the website which ultimately refined my ideas about what it was I wanted to create.

I found a tailor in the St James Trust building by chance one day. They were called Rochefort and they were the only people in Sydney at that time that were making their own hand made bow ties though it wasnt long before Herringbone cottonned on to the idea that bow ties were coming back.

I had my first samples made by Rochefort, but unfortunately I gave up on the idea of using Rochefort as they were too slow to produce a volume of samples and subsequently I began to hunt for other local manufacturers.

In the end I found someone who could and would make the bow ties. One of my designs which was particularly difficult to achieve was the white piping around the bow tie which requires a dilligent technician and took some time to develop.
The range will feature approximately 12 different bow ties, some in one piece self tie, others with an adjustable tie and where we use velvet we will be pre-forming the bow so that the bow does not become frayed from everyday use.
I am very proud of the designs and although I would like to congratulate myself, the real credit goes to the manufacturer who has been able to turn the idea into a reality.
The bow ties will be available for sale from the website although as of next week I will be concentrating on POS with the Pratten store where people can touch and fele the quality of both the fabrics and the workmanship of the manufacturer.
I hope you will like the new range.