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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Courtesy of A Suitable Wardrobe - An Authority On Menswear

Fred Astaire

Edward Green Shoes

I was speaking to the sales assistant in Harrolds and he kept talking about Edward Green shoes as though there was something vastly superior about them. Then I stumbled upon these photos on a NYC blog. The latter pair was a made to order pair created for a wedding. The date on the bottom is the wedding date. Very impressive.

The Style Buff - The Re Birth Of Tartan

I found this on Style Buff - It is a Ralph Lauren shot. I have noticed how tartan has been creeping back in slowly. I did a blackwatch tartan silk bow in late 2009, which sold well, although I wasn't 100% sold on the weight of the silk. Then TF used it on his smoking jackets, but that wasn't an every day achievable look. Personally I cannot wear tartan, but if I could, I'd like a day casual jacket like the image above. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Paul Bertelle Versus Dan Trepanier On The Dieu Bow

I am loading up this portrait of Paul Bertelle again to show the difference that you get on a bow depending on how you tie it. Below, Style Bloger Dan Trepanier tied the bow so that the white became a recessed colour, whereas here, Paul is bringing out all the tricolours and it gives a different, somewhat more preppy look. I love this shot because the Harbour Bridge, which is normally a feature, as it was when Oprah was here Down Under, is instead a faint idea in the background.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Style Blogger Dan Trepanier - Esquire Magazine's Best Dressed Man - In Le Noeud Papillon 'Dieu' Bow

Hoody by Club Monaco (size M). Oxford shirt by Thom Browne (size 2). Gloves by Uniqlo. Cotton pants by Helmut Lang (size 34). Bowtie by Le Noeud Papillon. Suede wingtips by Bass. Striped socks by Kenneth Cole.

Ian McCallam Shares Wedding Photos - Le Noeud Papillon 'Eugenie' Bow

Hey LNP,

..... I got my suit and shirt made through Josh at The Cloakroom - and in the end picked up one of your superb bows from him. Had a lot of comments on it at the wedding.  It was the perfect finishing touch to the outfit - and it was nice to be wearing a 'real' bow - and not a wrap and clip :) . Thought I'd attach a couple of shots for you from the day. Look fwd to picking up some more of your attire soon. Keep up the great work.
Ian McCallam

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mujer And Me

This photo was taken as a portrait the day I did an interview for an article about 'What Men Want In A Woman' in the Sydney Morning Herald, in which the journalist conveniently painted me with a certain brush and subsequently it lead to every woman with a bone to pick with men's attitudes, now having a focal point for their frustration. They began to throw their blogging darts at my head, pushing them up to number one in google when you searched my name. It was, to say the least, humiliating, and to this day my friends still send me the links to the blog when they feel like taking the piss. Anyway, this photo shows my mujer with me. She doesn't look that unhappy no?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Parisian Nights - A New Silk By Le Noeud Papillon - Available January 2011

Parisian Nights was inspired by the many many cycling tours I have done with the 3 bicycles I have owned in Paris and the wonderful late nights of riding under the Eiffel Tower and then up to the Trocadero. And with my last late night run in May, the Eiffel Tower sparkled blue on the hour. So we painted the town red while taking photos next to the blue sparkles of midnight. 

Copyright Le Noeud Papillon 2010 / 2011

Shipton - Paris Store For Le Noeud Papillon, 11 Boulevarde Raspail, 75007

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010


We have begun doing full bespoke shirts in Sydney, Australia. This is NOT MADE TO MEASURE shirting. This is a collaborative effort between myself and a fantastic shirt maker. We are looking for customers who will do 5 or more shirts per sitting. We specifically use Gyza Egyptian cotton cloth from Canclini's Lusso range, starting from their 140 2 ply and working up to their 300 2 ply. The shirting fabric is silken to touch at this level. Prices start from $235.00AUD for each shirt. We work with you, to create the shirts you want - whatever their purpose. We do business day shirts, business evening shirts, weekend shirts, sports shirts and dinner shirts.

If you would like to be a part of this unique opportunity and you live in the Sydney metropolitan area, please feel free to contact us on 

Sydney Theatre Company Gala Dinner 2010

Using a piece of silk I had left from the production of the bow named 'Georgie Porgie', I created this jacket with a slim shawl lapel using Matthew Lawrence in Paddington. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bespoke - Men's Style Of Savile Row

I bought this book on Amazon and I think it's a real treasure. You can buy it here:

The book is not only a history of Savile Row, it is a history of society through clothing. It looks at both Hollywood and the Aristocracy, highlighting the role that Savile Row played in the coronations of Kings and Queens, on the movie sets of Hollywood and in the lives of those illustrious patrons of the row. With short histories of Beau Brummell, the origins of the dinner suit through Henry Poole and Co, and the major tailors of the Row, this book deserves its place on coffee tables this Christmas. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gucci Tuxedo Trousers

Unfortunately I don't know where I found this image, so I apologise for no reference. But I like the pants. I really like the pants.

Tom Ford .... Again

Look, I am normally the type of person that would blow smoke up TF's arse because really, he is a pioneer and he has spent so much energy putting quality back into Off The Rack clothing. But, I am not a fan of these jackets. The season previous I thought they were sublime. But I have never been one for this kind of paisley patterned type of fabric. The right person could pull it off though. As for the bow ties, he is still right on the money though I don't think these bows match the outfits for this particular shoot.

Peter Harvey Of National Nine News Sydney Wears Le Noeud Papillon Alfred Tie 8.5CM

Admittedly, I am not thrilled with the fact that he's got a half windsor and his top button is undone, but finally we have a tie on the anchor. It has been a difficult process working with Nine's wardrobe, as so many ties strobe in front of the camera and therefore there is a big filtration process of what silks can and cannot be used on television. This is a limited edition, 1 of 3 ties made.

Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum Xmas Issue - Le Noeud Papillon Gatsby

Friday, November 26, 2010

Le Noeud Papillon Sponsors Cheeky Monkey's Cycling Jerseys

Keep a look out for the new Cheeky Monkey Cycling Jerseys when you are next cycling Centennial Park in the AM.

It Makes It All Worth While When You Receive Something Like This....

Hi Nick,

Thank you very very much for being the DJ at our wedding on 30 October 2010 at “Kilkee”. I apologise for not getting back to you sooner. We had an amazing day / night and have had so many people comment “who was that awesome DJ, he just knew how to read the party and play what was appropriate for the young ones and old ones”. We can’t express how happy we were with your services. You were an absolute pleasure to deal with an a truly wonderful personality. I have spoken to Cam a couple of times since the wedding and told him how much fun we had and he was so pleased to have recommended you. To be honest most of the day was just a blur but occasional I would actually pay attention to what song you were playing it would just bring a smile to my face, because what you played was exactly what I would have asked to you to play, if we had of given you a play list and to then pack up and start playing again at the shearing shed just blew us away. A couple of our friends are getting married over the next year (in Sydney though) so I hope it will be ok if I give them your details.

Now I know that you also sell bow ties and I know that I told you that Jono (my new husband) does not wear bow ties but as a sign of our appreciation we would really like to purchase one of your bow ties as a keepsake. I had a look on your website and have found one that I like but I am not sure how to buy it. Do you sell them online cause I don’t get to Sydney much to go to any of your stockist. If not, I will make a special trip to Sydney to buy one.

Thank you again sooooooo much you just made our wedding day perfect.

Warmest regards

Nicole Stuart

Happy Customer East Coast United States


The Gaudi and Cesar bows came in today. They are better than I could have imagined! Great stuff (i actually took off the tie I put on this morning to put on the Gaudi).


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


The Palm Beach

A wonderfully light bow for the Antipodean summer

The Boardwalk - A Tribute

From The Archives: Remember the old Shh bar?

When I created the Shh Bar in 2008 I had intended it to be a secret. You will note in the second image the code pad which I had installed at my parents house which we then used to create a secret password keyless entry, hoping to by-pass all the security one normally has to negotiate with. However, after one week of opening, my business partner had managed to get this article into the Telegraph newspaper. I just found it this afternoon and I was having a good laugh and thought I would share it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hayman Island Still Has The Best Service, The Best Food, The Best Setting

Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Green Sea Turtles Mating In The Waters Just Past Blue Pearl Bay II

Buzo Restaurant, Sydney

Buzo had a winning trifecta of entrees, mains and desserts a couple of weeks ago. I'm sporting an LNP Memento Mori and a Le Noeud Papillon fly-front shirt using Canclini Rothschild 200 Cotton. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Boardwalk Empire - How Do We See It In Australia?

Does anyone know how we can see Boardwalk Empire in Australia without having to fly to the United States?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Boardwalk Empire Continued From Esquire's Blog

The Bespoke Gangster Style of HBO's Boardwalk Empire

This month brings many glad sartorial tidings by way of the culture. There is Oliver Stone's sequel to Wall Street, the wardrobe process of which we've already uncovered. And there's a few more episodes of Mad Men, which we've been chronicling on The Style Blog this season as it continues to hold the mantle of Last Drama Standing since The Sopranos (or maybe The Wire, but still). But on Sunday comes the next great HBO epic from Sopranos alum Terence Winter, and John from Cincinnati this is not: In the Martin Scorsese-helmed pilot alone, you will see the kind of elaborate filmmaking you've haven't seen since, well, film. And with elaborate shoots comes an elaborate wardrobe — perhaps the most serious style throwback the small screen has witnessed this side of a BBC period miniseries. So before we begin weekly style recaps for this series as well, its costume designer, John Dunn, offered us some of his wisdom on bloodstained suits, the importance of a man's tailor, and the (fashionable) difference between working-class thugs and true gangsters. Without too many spoilers.

This is my process: About four months before we started filming, I hit the research libraries at FIT, I went to the Brooklyn Museum, the Met. I would go to the rental houses, and I would meet with the vintage dealers. I pored over tailoring books from the period — just completely immersed myself in 1920. The entire first season all takes place that year, so I was very focused on making sure that the cut and the silhouette of the clothing was that: 1920.

With Marty and Terry Winters, I developed the feel for each of the characters. We all wanted it to be very, very accurate and specific to the period. So, I limited myself to the fabrics of 1920. It got to the point where a couple of times I had woolens manufactured for suiting because I couldn't find exactly what it was that I wanted.

I knew that we were going to have to build suits.

I had to find a tailor; I didn't want the suits to all be vintage — old and raggedy, that had to be restored — so I used Martin Greenfield. I think you've heard of him.

I've got characters going to the tailor and having things made brand-new. It was a big deal for a man to get his suit made. Men didn't have many suits, so it was an important piece in their wardrobe.

We're used to looking at the 1920s in black-and-white. We see photographic documentation, we see films for the period — all black-and-white. When I was doing the research, I found various references to color in the magazines, and to my surprise the descriptions were very vivid. Tailoring companies used to have these large, coffee-table-size books with sketches of men's clothing that often included swatches of fabrics that they were manufacturing the suits out of. Man, there was some serious color there.

It's not exaggerated in any way. Nucky [Johnson, played by Steve Buscemi] is based on a real person who was known as a serious dresser. I tried to put myself in his place and see who he would be looking at. I thought, probably, someone who is well-known and trend-setting like the Prince of Wales would heavily influence him.

Atlantic City was a boom town where people were able to completely reinvent themselves, and their presentation was becoming more and more important — as important as it is now. A character like Nucky would understand the importance of the image that he's projecting. The minute he stepped out into the boardwalk of the hotel, he wanted everyone to know he was there. Of course, that would require that he have a lot of clothing.

Nucky wears a collar bar. The collars actually needed controlling back then, so the collar bar was very popular. We did have a particular collar specifically designed for Nucky, though: a period collar that has a little keyhole cutout in the center — when you close the collar with the collar bar, there was then a little hole that the necktie would come out of. No one else was allowed to wear that.

You do have other characters who don't have the financial means, or their social situation is such that they just didn't have clothing. Al Capone and Jimmy [Darmondy, played by Michael Pitt, pictured left] are working-class Joes at this point. It could be that you're going to see a transformation.

At this point, Jimmy's just come back from the war and doesn't have a job, and Al Capone has got a wife and kid that he's supporting and they just — you need some sturdy, working-guy clothing. And if you get the job done and finally the bills start getting paid, then you can afford to look like the other guys and make the commitment that you're going to dress like that. So I don't think the way that they're dressed in the pilot is a huge departure from what they would've been dressed like at that time in their financial situation, but they had to ride on their good looks more than their expensive wardrobe.

The speaking characters, bad things happen to them. So I often have to have multiples on suits. That's what led me to working with Martin Greenfield and getting them to where they could make me a suit in four days, and in triplicate, so that the unspeakable could happen to some of the characters.

The Atlantic City people are a fashion-forward people, because they want to present themselves in a flashy way to say "I'm the top dog" with their clothing. But it's also a seaside setting. So despite the fact that most of the people there were working class, there was also this element of great wealth in a summer situation. I would say I probably did a lighter palette in Atlantic City and more colorful.

New York was much more serious and elegant. We did really cutting-edge tailoring for Arnold Rothstein. Lucky Luciano [left], I would say, is trying to be elegant but he's not there yet. Part of the story is that Arnold Rothstein takes the rough edges off of Lucky and he becomes quite a well-dressed man, but at this point he still makes a few mistakes. So his wardrobe is a little more crass and will become more elegant as the series progresses.

For Chicago, I wanted to have a real old-world connection of darker colors — just a more Italian, European feeling of the old country. These people were tied a little more closely to the people coming in from Europe, and Italy probably most specifically.

When I do feature films, I generally have the complete arc of the character. I know exactly what's going to happen to them, I know what happens to them in the middle of the movie, and I know where they are at the end. In the series, I have no information other than the script of the episode that I'm working on. I have hints of maybe what's going to happen to their character, but it keeps you very focused on where they are in that moment. It's more like life.

I don't like to do boring clothing, but you also have to make sure that you're not suddenly putting somebody in something that isn't going to make sense four episodes from now.


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