Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, May 7, 2011.
Vanda shantung for summer:
Having a tie binge copping day. First some HCs, now on to the lovely Vanda's (can't wait, and Singapore is so close).
This is a thread that could use a lot more pics of the ties in the wild! Think of it has helping Gerald and Diana out.
^ You're right. Here's the one I wore yesterday.
Cheers Mr. Six...been tempted by the navy/brown block stripe repp they have now. This helps me picture it.
If you like multi-stripe/block stripe ties (I know there are some on the forum who don't categorically), I can highly recommend it. The wool silk blend has a great texture. Overall, it's typical Vanda: light, good drape, knots nicely. I did struggle a bit figuring out how to coordinate, but I think the final result worked out, although I'm uncertain about the square.
Beige/Sand color square that has some blue/brown in it (a Drake's in last winter season). Actually, why not a purple of some sort. Would be different, but set off nicely against brown. Just two thoughts. I feel like the square looks too close to the brown (is it rust?), but hard to tell from the pic. Perhaps that's what you are thinking as well (a bit too matched)?
The square is a brown/red/green madder from Hober. Similar to this but not in stock at the moment. I tried a beige Drake's and Vanda purple; the former seemed too matchy, and the latter was good but decided against it at the last moment. I also considered a green Drake's, which I think might have been the way to go.
Ah, the tie is beige not silver striped? I still like purple!
No, the stripe is grey, but beige seemed too similar when next to brown and grey. Maybe it was just the particular square.
Donegal tweed tie by Vanda, made from a lightweight blue fabric I believe they had specially woven for them by Molloy & Sons.
Cheers Derek. That's gorgeous. How's the knot?
Really nicely. It has a lightweight interlining, and from what I can tell, no padding (or at least near impossible to detect). The interlining controls the shell fabric well, but is thin enough to allow the fabric to dimple handsomely. Like with all of Vanda's ties, I find this one to be more "true" to the shell fabric itself, rather than be too stiff or beefy, like some maker's products.
Gerald and Diane really run an underrated operation.
They have a lot of love on this forum and I know they have a good number of customers here. But they would be aided by more pics from said customers. It's helpful to see the ties in another context.
I asked about the knot because I picked up a Drake's rust donegal in one of the sales. The knot is, shall we say, substantial even though the tie is untipped. Perhaps it's partly the lining...
Square is lovely too, btw. Does it work well with the herringbone? I'm trying to think what squares would do well with a coat of that pattern.
Drake's ties can tie very badly in my experience. They're hit and miss. By contrast, the four Vanda ties I own tie perfectly and with ease. Something about the way they line them is really special. The only ties I own which are as good are Cappellis.
I do wish Vanda had more classic English fabrics though. I am sure they are limited by the small scale of their operation, so it would be benefit us all of their customer base grew.
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