I joined Styleforum in 2007, initially obsessing about denim and peacoats in the SW&D side, and eventually making a career out of mens clothing. I owe much of what I know about menswear to this very forum and the good friends I've made along the way, so it really feels like things have come full circle by finally becoming an affiliate on Styleforum.
Here's a little history about how Vanda Fine Clothing came to be:
In early 2010, I started selling homemade pocket squares out of old kimono silks on the B&S forums while I was in college - these were made by Diana, my then-girlfriend and now-wife. A year later, we challenged ourselves by teaching ourselves tiemaking - how hard could it be, right? (It took us a good part of a year to get things somewhat right!)
Our little venture made us realize how much we enjoyed crafting beautiful things with our own hands, but we did not have concrete plans to go into menswear full time. At least not until we took a vacation to San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, where the thriving environment of independent stores really inspired us to start our own business. Instead of starting a career in finance as I was supposed to, we dived right into the business, and Vanda Fine Clothing was born in 2011.
Our goal with Vanda Fine Clothing has always been simple – to craft our products to the best that they can be, and to have our customers enjoy wearing our products as much as we enjoy crafting them. We source our fabrics and trimmings directly from the finest folks in the industry, from handprinted silks in Macclesfield to shuttle loom woven grenadines in Como.
We are particularly proud of the fact that all our neckties, pocket squares and bow ties are made from start to finish in our own workshop in Singapore, where my wife and I plus our one employee cut and sew everything by hand, one piece at a time. It takes us about 3 hours to sew a necktie from scratch, but you watch see a condensed version of our necktie making process in this video:
Based on the feedback that we received over the past four years, we've recently upgraded our website and implemented a rewards program. So you can be rest assured we're constantly thinking of ways to do better. If you have any suggestions for us at all, please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a PM here.
Please also feel free to ask us any questions or request additional photos - that's what we're here for!
Gerald & Diana