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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.


Read more:

Esquire Excerpt. I'd like to know more about John Dunn

Is Nucky Thompson Wearing Your New Fall Coat?
Boardwalk Empire Fashion Recap

Wow. There are some particularly nasty moments on the boardwalk in Episode Three. We get to see a sounding session with Lucky Luciano for his gonorrhea. Ouch. You gents better thank your lucky stars for modern sciences. And of course there's agent Van Alden torturing a man to death in a dentist's chair... after shooting him full of liquid cocaine. Also, lynching. Well at least everyone is looking snazzy, and I'd like to pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that Paz de la Huerta is basically nude in every scene she appears in. Basically.
In other good news, the amazing Michael K. Williams (better known as Omar from The Wire) is back in a big way, gaining share in Nucky's bootlegging industry and bringing a racial thread to the table when a young member of his crew regarding said lynching. And, man, what a coat on this Chalky character! Some kind of imposing, cherry-red, lamb-collared Chesterfield, I'm sure. And Williams pulls it off with such grim elegance that it looks lordly rather than pimpish for such a loud piece.
It also brings to bear the topic of outerwear. The temperature took a dive this past week, and I'm sure many of you are starting to think in earnest about your trendy new fall and winter coat selections. And while there are definitely going to be styles from Boardwalk that don't exactly translate to the modern age, a 1920's jacket is about as classic as it gets. From Al Capone's roughneck Shearling leathers to Nucky's elega\nt single-breasted camel coats, there's nary a shape nor color on this show that you couldn't rock today with impunity.
Boardwalk Empire costume designer John Dunn likes to emphasize the imposing double-breasted coat with wide, almost flying lapels, and lots of fur and padded shoulders to boot. It's an elegant look, but still very masculine — sexy, even, in a legitimately gangster kind of way. But you have to have the right frame: a wider or shorter gentleman would be better off with a simple, single-breasted coat, like Agent Van Alden's above. And while Chalky's red coat might seem a challenge to many of you, I certainly would encourage venturing into braver territories — maybe some vintage greens, warm browns, and plaids. While the behavior of our boys on the boardwalk might be nothing to emulate, at least you can stay cool in the cold with their classic outerwear.
(Non-Boardwalk side note before I leave you until next week's recap: Consider the smell of your overcoat. There are few moments more important to a woman than when she embraces a man in the cold and receives a warm burst of masculine scent. Think pipe smoke and cedar. And we will thank you.)
Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/HBO

Read more:

As Seen On Steve Buscemi's Character Nucky Thompson On Boardwalk Empire

Steve Buscemi In Le Noeud Papillin White Silk With Black Piping

Steve Buscemi Wears Le Noeud Papillon Bow Tie In Boardwalk Empire

I have no idea how my bow has turned up on Steve Buscemi, but there he is in my white bow tie with black piping in the trailer for Boardwalk Empire

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Presenting Memento Mori and The New Sinatra

Memento Mori was inspired by a tattoo I once saw on the inside of a gentleman's arm. At this stage I'd never heard the expression and he said 'it means remember death'. At the table that day was Oliver Watts (now Dr Watts thanks to his PHD coming through) and he added "he's quite right, and it's also a style of art".

Legend has it that the origins are from Roman times when victorious generals would return to Rome from a campaign to report to the Senate, a small boy would be painted blue and would walk behind the general repeating the phrase 'Memento Mori' to remind the General that his own death would one day be upon him.

The New Sinatra was a shape I had in my head one sleepless night a few weeks ago. The spade had come up in the design of Memento Mori and at the same time I was watching many old You Tube videos of The Roast, of which most of the participants have now passed away. I was looking for bow ties. Then I remembered the words of Jay Z in Empire State of Mind when he declared himself 'The New Sinatra'. And the shape came into my head again and I decided to dedicate all of these strange little murmurings into one bow tie.

Both these bow ties are limited editions in a run of no more than 100. They are available on only for the time being.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Style Blogger, Dan Trepanier

Dan Trepanier documents his style on this well put together blog. Australian men could well advance themselves by paying attention to this blog.

Monday, November 8, 2010

An Old Photo From The Start Of LNP

Taken by Fernando Frisoni for his column around March 2009

The Wonderful Photos Of Magnus Omme

I was fortunate to have Magnus shoot my portrait photos of bow tie wearers before he began producing work that will probably price me out of using him again. Magnus is a wonderful photographer who I am very happy to have worked with. I am hoping he doesn't become too famous so we can still work together. My favourite is the top photo, a rustic photo featuring RM William boots, the portrait has a certain 'Hugh Stewart' naturally lit feel to it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Bow Tie Customer, The Netherlends

Dear Le Noeud Papillon,

I have just received my bow. I am very pleased with the quality of the bow. Quick delivery too, considering the distance it had to fly.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Steven J.P. Koenen

Happy Customer in Newcastle, NSW

Dear LNP,

Bow arrived today.

Very impressed, very happy.

Will definitely shop with you again.