April 11, 2008

The Tie Project, days 217-221

What, another one already? It's true. Apologies to those of you who merely tolerate this obsession of mine and were secretly relieved when you thought I'd forgotten about it; the rest of you can thank Lorinne for successfully nudging me to at least post a few more photos so I didn't lose momentum completely. I still think it was good advice for me to tell you not to hold your breath until I posted another set of tie photos, because that was, like, 32 hours ago, and that is kind of too long to hold one's breath, really. Anyway:

Day 217. This is the other tie I sometimes wear with this shirt (formerly seen on day 86). I bought this tie at a vintage store in Soho, I think. It feels sort of Ukrainian to me, or whatever country King Ottokar's Sceptre is set in.


Day 218. The shirt is a little on the sedate side for me patternwise, but the fact that it's pretty much all one fairly bold color makes it feel louder than usual to me. This tie usually gets worn with the shirt from day 97, but I like it with this shirt too, since the blue breaks up the red, and the lower red motif on the tie echoes the pattern of the shirt.


Day 219. This combination isn't perfect, though it does look better in real life than it does in the photo, I swear. This is the tie I used to wear with this shirt until Cally bought me the tie from day 105.


Day 220. Now this is sedate. Where did this tie come from, anyway? I think maybe Rose bought it for me on a trip to visit her mom in Louisiana, on the basis that although it wasn't a crazy pattern, it was aesthetically pleasing and had a pretty cool weave. It feels very '50s hipster to me, which is an aesthetic I appreciate if not one I generally try to pull off. Anyway, a calm tie calls for a calm shirt (also worn on day 62), so here we are.


Day 221. A new tie for the Tobias Funke shirt! (And damn, but that photo is off center. I was pretty sloppy in the early days of this project, wasn't I. Or perhaps just not yet quite as OCD about it.)


I think that's enough for today. But here's one more picture, which from my perspective is from a few days ago, but from the perspective of the tie project is in the fuuuuuuuture! Those of who you find the tie project boring may wish to click through to the photo anyway, because there is a cute girl in it.

Next time: Maybe I'll do this some other time than when I should be getting ready for work.

Posted by Francis at 08:38 AM in Ties

I really like the two subtle weaves in day 220's combo. And Hurray for the tie project!

Posted by: Vardibidian at April 11, 2008 10:21 AM

Thanks, Lorinne!

Posted by: Rhu/nmHz at April 11, 2008 10:49 AM

Wow, 220 IS sedate. Did your friends ask if you were sick?

Posted by: rikchik at April 11, 2008 11:53 AM

King Ottokar's Sceptre is set in Syldavia, of course. Wikipedia says that it most closely resembles Slovenia, Slovakia, and Slavonia.

Posted by: Hooligan at April 11, 2008 02:07 PM

You know, last week I was shopping at the Garment District, and as I was looking through their selection of ties, I started mentally singing, "What would Francis Heaney do/if he were here right now?/He'd buy a tie or maybe two/that's what Francis Heaney'd do." And now I'm pondering the idea of "WWFHD?" merchandise. Bracelets might do for irony, but ideally they would of course be ties, with the letters making some sort of striking, colorful pattern. Or a car magnet, with the letters inside a necktie shaped to resemble a Jesus fish. Okay, I really need to stop thinking before I get in trouble.

(For the record, I settled on two ties, which aspire to, but probably fall short of, your level of sartorial panache.)

Posted by: Tortoise at April 12, 2008 06:05 PM

I think the "WW_D?" trend has passed its peak anyway. Tierolling, however, that has some possibilities.

Posted by: Francis at April 13, 2008 09:00 AM

Could you please let me know if there is a label on the tie in day 217 with the name of the manufacturer? That is a truly stunning neck tie. My e-mail is pharospro@earthlink.net.

Thank you.

Posted by: Anthony at June 1, 2008 12:37 PM

It's a Rooster tie. Finding that specific tie is going to be a pretty quixotic task, but there are so many swell Rooster ties, you'll probably find one just as good if you look.

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