- Mar 29, 2005
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If I'm concerned that the back blade of one of my Vanda ties might flap around and be noticeable, I tuck it in to the placket of my shirt, in-between a couple of the buttons.The lack of keeper is an issue for my work place too.
I bought one of Gerald and Diana's "pre-Vanda" ties, when they were first starting out and I asked about the lack of a keeper. Gerald explained that it was simply their preference - they had a vision (for want of a better word) of the sort of tie that they wanted to make and it didn't include a keeper. They've stayed true to that vision, or philosophy.Fair enough. And I hadn't realized all of their ties were made without keepers before, I thought it was just this one due to its open weave.
I always use a double four-in-hand (also known as a Prince Albert knot, I think) for my Vanda ties and it looks great. The way that they are cut means that the knot is a bit longer than some other ties, and the light lining gives it a nice dimple. I really like the way they knot.I always worried about buying a tie from Vanda because I thought the light lining would tie a little knot. I was incorrect.
I will say, however, that I have Vanda ties in printed silk and also in silk with woven patterns, and I prefer the printed silk. I just like the softer, more pliable feel over the harder, crisper texture of the woven ties, and I feel that the printed silk matches the general Vanda aesthetic better.