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Drakes of London

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kaplan, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    NOBD - Great scarf! I've been considering ordering that same one. Is it as soft as you'd expect from Drake's? Basically one step away from Cashmere?

    Yes, it's quite soft, not cashmere soft but more like cotton soft, if you know what I mean.

    This one (same lambswool/angora blend) isn't soft (must be because of the weave), but I like it anyway:

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Senior member

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    Their packaging has become pretty excessive. A while back, Drake's ties came in a small cardboard fold with a card. Now, you need several instruments to open the various layers of paper, cardboard, paper, paper and box. What's next, carbon?

    I dunno, I really appreciate when a seller takes the time and effort to ensure that your tie arrives in pristine condition -- especially after a lengthy, international journey. Nothing sucks more than buying a pricey tie online, only to find it wrinkled or damaged upon unpacking it.
     
  3. oshinex

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    That's a beautiful scarf NOBD. I might have to buy one before the winter ends.
     
  4. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    That's a beautiful scarf NOBD. I might have to buy one before the winter ends.

    Thanks. Drakes handled my orders really quick.
     
  5. elgreco

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    I love these two from Drakes for Ben Silver: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. comrade

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    Drake's ties are too narrow for you? The ones I have are 3.75", IIRC. What width ties do you wear?

    Stuart


    3.75 is fine. I thought, perhaps on the basis of Will's blog, that they are around
    3.5. At least the most current crop is . I'll check Barney's.
     
  7. comrade

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    i believe their new ties are 8cm

    That's only 3.15 inches. That's they way they look in the illustrations.
     
  8. ferguscan

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    3.75 is fine. I thought, perhaps on the basis of Will's blog, that they are around
    3.5. At least the most current crop is . I'll check Barney's.


    FWIW, I'm 6'2" and a 44R. I can wear 3.5" and 3.75". I prefer 3.75".

    Stuart
     
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    Fox at the cnr of moorgate and london wall have some drakes ties on sale at 40gbp
     
  12. forex

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    Does anyone have any promotional codes for Drake's online web site? Thinking to place an order for some ties and could use a promo code if there is one available.
    thanks.
     
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    Does anyone have any promotional codes for Drake's online web site? Thinking to place an order for some ties and could use a promo code if there is one available.
    thanks.


    Drake's sale begins shortly.
     
  14. forex

    forex Senior member

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    Drake's sale begins shortly.

    Great,is the sale on all the items or just select items?
     
  15. HHD

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    Quite a few things were on sale last year, but I can't remember if everything was reduced, sorry.
     
  16. forex

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    I found some Drake ties on eBay and it seems like the seller is legit,is there any way to tell if a tie is Ancient Madder?There are some textures that resemble Ancient Madder Silk but I can't tell if it is,any tie experts? Sam Hober?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Drakes-London-BN...item19b88d7680
     
  17. Journeyman

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    I found some Drake ties on eBay and it seems like the seller is legit,is there any way to tell if a tie is Ancient Madder?There are some textures that resemble Ancient Madder Silk but I can't tell if it is,any tie experts? Sam Hober?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Drakes-London-BN...item19b88d7680


    I don't know if the silk is ancient madder or not, but the seller is entirely genuine. I've bought a couple of Corneliani suits and several ties (by Drake's, Gieves and Hawkes, and Charvet) from him previously. His communication and service were excellent and the shipping charges were very reasonable.
     
  18. Sam Hober

    Sam Hober Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I found some Drake ties on eBay and it seems like the seller is legit,is there any way to tell if a tie is Ancient Madder?There are some textures that resemble Ancient Madder Silk but I can't tell if it is,any tie experts? Sam Hober?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Drakes-London-BN...item19b88d7680


    The tie looks very nice although I cannot tell if it has a madder finish from the photo and unless the seller tells you that it is a madder it probably is not. The price seems OK go for it if you like the tie and its length and width.

    As for ancient madder, with the exception of some craft people working from home you will rarely see natural madder dye on silk. Although there are likely to be lots of Turkish rugs still made with natural madder.

    English Madder silk is typically made using an artificial dye for perhaps 50+ years.

    Also the newer madder finish is a different style compared to what was available say 10+ years ago. The finish is more colorfast which is nice.
     
  19. forex

    forex Senior member

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    The tie looks very nice although I cannot tell if it has a madder finish from the photo and unless the seller tells you that it is a madder it probably is not. The price seems OK go for it if you like the tie and its length and width.

    As for ancient madder, with the exception of some craft people working from home you will rarely see natural madder dye on silk. Although there are likely to be lots of Turkish rugs still made with natural madder.

    English Madder silk is typically made using an artificial dye for perhaps 50+ years.

    Also the newer madder finish is a different style compared to what was available say 10+ years ago. The finish is more colorfast which is nice.


    Thank you,David.
    I contacted the seller but knew he wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Sent him some info about Madder silk,he said that it is most likely not Madder silk. I bought a few madders from Drakes and loving them. I've been eyeing some of the madders to come up on your website, unfortunately,there is nothing I like at the moment so I hope there will be something new soon.
    I was able to find some madders that I like at Drakes and O'Connell's for now.
    Incidentally, what is the difference between Ancient Madder silk and Ancient Madder Foulard? Is Foulard a combination of silk and cotton or 100% silk?
     
  20. Sam Hober

    Sam Hober Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thank you,David.
    I contacted the seller but knew he wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Sent him some info about Madder silk,he said that it is most likely not Madder silk. I bought a few madders from Drakes and loving them. I've been eyeing some of the madders to come up on your website, unfortunately,there is nothing I like at the moment so I hope there will be something new soon.
    I was able to find some madders that I like at Drakes and O'Connell's for now.
    Incidentally, what is the difference between Ancient Madder silk and Ancient Madder Foulard? Is Foulard a combination of silk and cotton or 100% silk?


    Forex,

    O'Connells has many really nice classic ties.

    Ancient does not mean anything in a practical sense other than a reference to how long madder has been used as a dye.

    Foulard's are usually a twill or plain weave often with a printed pattern. They could have a mix of silk or cotton or could be and usually are pure silk.


    An ancient madder foulard will likely be a twill weave. we currently use a "50 OZ" twill madder and I think Drakes uses a 36OZ or 40 OZ. The OZ refers to the number of ounces over a given length perhaps 10 yards.

    So a madder silk will likely be a madder foulard but could also be another weave.
     

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