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Axel Ferguson,Actually, the silk has been set aside for a couple of years, but we only started on the bow tie last week.The small details will be what is different and the custom pattern/construction.I actually do stare at designs daily for weeks at a time when thinking about new silks.
Sanguis Mortuum,You are correct.Currently we are working on a midnight blue faille silk bow tie that was requested 2 or 3 years ago for a tuxedo.We are experimenting with different fabrics and constructions. Although at the moment we only plan on ties that are custom sized - as in no adjustors.
For luxury products materials are indeed a significant factor as is time for pattern making etc.In our case we have ranges of lengths for a given price and we don't typically get a large percentage of orders outside a certain size range.When the height/length is slightly smaller we may have a small savings on materials but not much as we need a certain profit to cover fixed overheads.We do get orders for boys (typically for weddings) and if they are very small we can give...
A Tailor,Your question is more interesting than you think as there are university colors and then there are university athletic colors and then there is at times home and away colors and there are historical and current colors...Then if you start with University official Pantone colors (which is where we start) you have to interpret the colors on silk which can be tricky at times.Indiana's cream was very difficult to get correct - but now we are very happy with our Indiana...
Cuttingboard,It is a style choice with no practical purpose.
A beautiful set of ties.
Cousin Donuts,I understand that you are joking but you got me thinking about the Italian documentary film that has been promoting its trailer - the old tailors talk about learning to sew when they were young.I think that if you don't start young you will rarely get the small details of making clothing - very much like sports - you typically need to start playing ball almost as soon as you can run.I know that when I was young I started by sweeping the floors on the weekends...
D.B. Cooper,You sound like you are parent who understands these things.We do have another business named Benjamin Hober. Its purpose is to grow silk worms, reel, dye and weave silk on our family farm here in Thailand. Up to now we have only woven traditional Thai silk but later we may do more Western style jacquard weaving.Both Sam and Benjamin are growing up playing in our workshops after school so we will see later what direction they will take.
Threadbearer,You are correct - our workshop looks just like the picture - or at least that is the atmosphere. Although we play soft Thai music instead of Christmas songs and we have seamstresses making our ties and pocket squares instead of elves.Amazingly, I still think of Sam (Samantha) as a baby but she is almost six now and I think that soon I will be working for her. She has great eyesight like Noina her mother (20/10) and will soon be making pocket squares - at least...
Interestingly Nicholas Storey and I have been working - very slowly on just such a project for a couple of years. He is in South America and has found some interesting spiders which he is trying to collect the silk from.We would then probably spin the silk into fabric here in Thailand on our fram as reeling may be too difficult, and then make ties.The cost of the ties will be very high.
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