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What Ever Happened To Robert Daskal?

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For those who don't remember: Robert Daskal was the Chicago-based designer-purveyor of hand-painted ties, usually on a lightweight crepe-type silk but sometimes a large-format jacquard. Definitely not trad and not everyone's cup of tea; the patterns were typically very large and bold, and the colors even bolder. They sold for about $60 new in the '90s and aughts. I have a few of them. From what little I've found online, a couple years ago they announced they were shuttering after 75 years in business, and just dried up and disappeared with no fanfare. Just wondering if anyone knows what happened, why they evaporated so completely.

Also, if you still have one or more lurking in your closet, feel free to post pics :-)
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It looks as though Robert Daskal passed away in 2003:

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-09-10/news/0309100286_1_ties-chicago-bulls-coach-gear

 

However, it also appears that the "Robert Daskal Group" continued to trade after Daskal's passing, although I'm not sure if they are still making hand-painted silk ties.

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Sounds like a life well lived. Glad I've got a few examples of his work.
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I have one
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It is available for sale
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Nice one. I have four in my closet, plus one currently up for sale on feeBay. I prefer the abstract designs (like yours) to the themed ties. Nothing wrong with the themed ones, but I generally shy away from themed ties for reasons of taste.
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I see also (from the items in the edges of your picture) that you do what I do, zip-top bag them before boxing them. Not long ago I had an idiot return one to me (which is a whole nuther story; I don't as a rule take returns unless I missed a flaw, and I didn't in this case) in a #10 paper envelope. It was a miracle that it didn't get damaged in transit.
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