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What the color of your tie says about you

Bespoke Clothing

Now this blog post falls a little bit into the category of personal branding. You already know that the way you dress can (and will) directly send a message to your customers, your boss and really everyone around you. So just as a pair of baggy shorts in the office will earn you a different level of respect than had you worn a sportcoat and pants, so too will the color of your tie.

But don’t think that this is a complicated subject. In fact, choosing the color is the simplest part – you still have to ensure the tie matches!

If you follow this blog then you’re already a pro. And to boost your style IQ just a little bit more, here are some tips when choosing the color of your tie.

Red

As you can probably guess, red is a powerful color. That’s why so many speakers who put themselves in front of hundreds of people are usually opting for a red neck tie.

For when you need to be the center of attention – go red.

Blue

Blue is certainly more of an approachable color than red. And time and time again, the color blue has been empirically shown to project an image of honesty and trust.

When you’re asking someone for money – whether you’re in sales or simply looking to refinance your home – reach for blue.

Purple

Purple is a great option for when you want to be a little bold, but not so much as to wear red. And the different shades of purple are non-traditional colors in the workplace. So you’ll be setting yourself apart from the pack and projecting a sense of confidence.

Green

This one’s tricky because if you don’t get it right, it can come off being too distracting. That’s why we recommend toning down your green ties with a vest or choosing a plaid where green isn’t even one of the primary colors.

However, green certainly holds its ground in the springtime when all of us are itching for a little more color in the scenery anyway!

What’s your go-to neck tie color?

By Ryan Wagner

References:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140827-the-psychology-of-tie-colours?icid=cap.fut.sto.cross-site-series.bc.life-in-color

Featured Company, Knotty Tie Co.

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At The Bespoke Edge, we are always on the lookout for great new companies. Recently, we stumbled across Knotty Tie Co. – a great small business specializing in custom neck ties. Knotty’s CEO, Jeremy, took a moment to answer some questions…

1.) Jeremy, thanks for taking the time to tell us about Knotty Tie. Let’s begin with an obvious question: how did your custom tie business begin?

[Jeremy] Knotty Tie Co. was born to make neckties meaningful and to give people the ability to participate in the design process. We started doing research on fabric printing, deconstructed our favorite ties, began building templates and prototypes, and finally, after three months of development, hand-made our first tie. When we told others what we were doing, people were blown away by the idea of completely custom ties. So much so, that in March ’13, we decided to see whether people were willing to support what we do. We launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding project, and in 30 days, raised over $23,000 to start building our customizer and begin sourcing high quality tie components. We completed the platform in October ’13 and have since expanded our business to include custom ties for weddings and organizations.

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2.) What’s the process like to order a Knotty Tie?

[Jeremy] The process of ordering a tie starts on our website, knottytie.com. You can customize your own tie, browse our favorite designs, check out other user created designs, as well as designs from some of Denver’s best local artists. We also have design services if you have an idea but don’t have the graphic design skills to create images. If you don’t see what you are looking for, send us an email to team@knottytie.com and we can figure out the best way to get it done.

3.) What’s the most creative tie a customer has designed?

[Jeremy] We are inspired every week when we talk to our clients about what they want to create, and more importantly, what it means to them. For this past Father’s Day, we did individual designs for dozens of clients, but one tie in particular struck a cord with all of us here at Knotty. The father created a paper template from the dimensions we sent him, and then had his son, who is autistic, create a design with words that characterize his father. When we finished making the tie and were ready to send it, it was obvious how meaningful the tie would be to the father, and what a great idea it was to include his son in the design process.

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4.) Unfortunately, Denver (and Colorado in general) has earned a reputation as being very casually dressed. How is Knotty Tie helping to dress guys up?

One of my favorite quotes is from Yves Saint-Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” In this more casual world, especially here in Colorado, people don’t wear neckties because they have to, they wear them because they want to…because they know that neckties are an opportunity to express themselves, and they know the value of paying attention to details in their wardrobes and in their lives. Nothing says style more than clothing that fits you physically and also fits your personality, not to mention that it is also made in an ethical fashion; with the utmost care for people and the environment.

5.) Thoughts on the future? Silk ties? Bow ties perhaps?

We started with ties, but aren’t stopping there. Bowties are almost finished prototyping, pocket squares are next, and then we’ll work on creating ties, bowties etc. in kids sizes. We are also focusing on expanding to include silk and wool fabrics to our current fabric selection of certified 100% organic cotton sateen.

Jeremy and the rest of the team may be reached at team@knottytie.com. Or, at their website, knottytie.com.

About Our Collection

Shirts-  From $125.00

With hundreds of unique fabrics to choose from you can create that one-of-a-kind shirt with impeccable detail.  Our shirt selection is a showcase of 100% Egyptian and Italian cottons that include 2-ply and super 120’s yarns.  We also offer the ultimate in seasonal weights with Sea Island cottons, cotton silk blends, and easy iron fabrics.

 

Suits-  From $795.00

From the finest woolen mills across the globe BE has collected a special group of imported fabrics for that distinguished gentleman.  Our collection core consists of Super 150’s Wool & Cashmere and luxurious blends of wool, cashmere, and silk.  Our uncrushable Super 130’s wool is also a perfect choice for that sophisticated suit or blazer in your wardrobe.   And for the purist fashion dresser we offer woolens by Valentino, an authentic made-in-Italy brand that is still produced exclusively in the Biella province.  These luxurious Super 150’s yarns are woven of the finest merino wool from New Zealand.

 

Trousers-  From $195.00

We at The Bespoke Edge are proud to offer some of the most distinctive piece goods made in the finest mills.  Our selection of durable, versatile wools for trousers begin with the classic gabardine woven in Super 150’s wool and cashmere.  Wool, cashmere, and silk blends are also available and the Premier Super 130’s woolens create a dressy finish.  Finally, for the sophisticated wardrobe our collection of merino wools from Valentino of Italy will not be matched.

 

Sport Coats & Blazers-  From $595.00

One of the key ingredients to creating that distinctive and useful wardrobe is the fabric you choose.  Our array of seasonal, pattern coat fabrics are all super fine Australian wools woven with subtle color combinations and elegant texture.  Our seasonal solid blazers are available in 100% camel hair and the more luxurious 100% cashmere.  We also offer a few classic colors in a premier wool and cashmere blend.  Of course, the all season blazer is a must in most men’s wardrobes so we feature a Super 150’s gabardine deluxe weave and other Super 130’s wools.  Any of BE’s elegant suit fabrics are also available to be made up as a blazer model.

 

Neckwear- From $85

One of the key focal points of that business wardrobe is the necktie.  That is why The Bespoke Edge features only hand sewn neckwear that will truly compliment our tailored clothing.  The ties that we offer are woven of 100% silk and have impeccable hand detail with rich color hues.  Dressy prints, foulards, polka-dots, paisleys, and elegant stripes are all available from our hand picked sources.  Even the bow tie has been making a comeback in recent years that includes
classic styles and other vintage re-makes.

 

Complements- From $20

To help you create that BE edge we offer an extensive selection of complements.  These all silk pocket squares, detailed tie bars, and sophisticated cufflinks are produced by high quality makers from across the US.  Upon request, we will also search for that special accessory that you have been looking for.  Our ultimate goal is to show you how to develop a stylish wardrobe with accents that set you apart from the rest.

My Father’s Cufflinks

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My many years in the men’s clothing industry has certainly given me lots of opportunities to “dress up” in distinctive, fashionable outfits.  Learning the details about fashion and then being able to educate others on the importance of dressing well has been rewarding.  In my opinion, attention to detail when developing your wardrobe will always be the key. Of course, the basis of that sophisticated wardrobe from BE is the perfect fit and comfort of your handmade clothing.  But choosing the right accessories to give you that competitive edge is just as important.  When considering men’s jewelry, the old rule of “keep it simple” is still true today.  Besides a watch and ring, there are few articles of jewelry that a man should wear.  However, one acceptable and mostly overlooked piece of jewelry are cufflinks.

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I have been wearing cufflinks on and off for years, but recently my interest has sparked again.  Seeing photos from the 1940’s and 50’s of my Father dressed up in double breasted suits and dress hats, I wondered if he had worn cufflinks.  He told me that he had a nice collection and he was happy to give them to me.  So when my wife and I celebrated Christmas with my folks, we all marveled at the great detail and classic designs of his cufflinks that he wore during those early years.  I am looking forward to sharpening up my suit and shirt combinations with these timeless accessories in the coming weeks. After some research I was quite surprised to discover that cufflinks have been a part of a man’s wardrobe since the Middle Ages.  By the 13th Century tailors began using buttons as fasteners and this trend gained popularity during the Renaissance.  Of course, cufflink designs and the materials to create them have certainly changed since my Father began wearing them in the late 40’s. But it is noteworthy that the distinctive detail and craftsmanship of these older cufflinks are still perfect for any man’s wardrobe today!

Contact us with questions about which cufflinks to purchase first or where to get them.  In the coming month we are offering a small collection of  quality cufflinks for purchase, check back soon!

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