Originally Posted by Roger
Since I mentioned this tie earlier, let me note that I have no evidence that it was judged "closest" to the Gary Cooper tie by anyone. My understanding is that the search for a club tie was inspired by the Gary Cooper tie. Whoopee, perhaps you have more specific information about this. Two of my acquaintances have this tie and have found it to be truly spectacular--as would be expected, I guess, in a tie designed for a special purpose and made by Charvet. However, it's not to everyone's taste, just as seeing a dimple in a tie isn't to everyone's taste. I really think that that is the bottom line here. A number of forumers have indicated that they prefer the look of a dimple. Some have said they don't. Other authorities have weighed in in other arenas. Wear a dimple if you like it. Don't if you don't like it. There's no "rule" here, just personal preference.
I'm not really sure where this comes from. I really like the tie - enough to have a custom version on order. If anything I thought my comment was favourable to Mr Alden (who has been unfairly attacked before, not necessarily here) and the London Lounge (of which I am happily a member) in combating the impression that he and everyone there are fuddy duddys who worship aesthetics stuck in the 30s.
As for the Gary Cooper remark, I suggest you, and anyone else interest, read alden's post on the LL. In fact, I'll quote the most relevant (to this post) portion: "Three beautiful woven silk patterns had been selected. Each of them had qualities but one stood out and was judged to be the closest to the model in the Cooper picture."