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All the Handsome Ties Your Spring Requires

  • Najib Benouar

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As you might have noticed around these parts, we’re excited about the impending onset of spring.

And one of our favorite things to watch during this season shift is the cottons, chambrays and linens replacing all that wool and tweed—something you can start doing immediately when it comes to your neckwear. To show you what we’re talking about, we’ve rounded up a dozen of the finest examples of spring neckwear on the market right now.

Heralding spring, neck first.»

The Legacy of Sid Avery and Some Very Handsome Pocket Squares

  • Kempt Staff

Not Too Shabby: The New York Times recounts the charmed life of theElder Statesman’s Greg Chait—who now spends his days designing cashmere knitwear after winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award.

Take Care: A look at the new spring offering from Drake’s London—including a handsome assortment of pocket squares—courtesy of Die, Workwear!

MacGruber’s Closet: Will Forte shops with Barney’s the Window and makes a surprisingly high amount of good choices—aside from the hot pants.

In The Picture: Mr. Porter flips through the new book from legendary photographer Sid Avery (he made sites like the impossible cool—possible).

A Silk Knit Rolex

  • Najib Benouar

Behold: the vintage Rolex of silk knit ties.

The horology-obsessed gents over at Hodinkee have just teamed up with the perennially dapper tie makers Drake’s London to come up with two limited-edition ties based on some legendary Rolexes. Our favorite of the two is this matte gray tie with creamy polka dots that mimic the way the dial and hands of a 1972 Reference 5512 Rolex Submariner have faded. They’re available for preorder now, but you can get first crack at them this weekend in NYC during the Pop Up Flea—the mythical bazaar of menswear co-helmed by our very own editorial director...

Stay tuned for more on what to expect from the guaranteed-to-be-epic PUF V, tomorrow...

Drake’s Gets into Leather

  • Najib Benouar

Drake’s London has been making some of our favorite silk scarves, ties and pocket squares for some time now—and they’ve just branched out into leather.

It’s their first foray into tanned hide, so they’ve kept the collection small, but we’re most interested in the military wet pack now that fall travel season is upon us. It’s a dopp kit cut in bridle leather, with a bright red waterproof lining, and looks to be more spacious than most roll-ups we’ve seen in the past, with just about every shape of pocket that could possibly come in handy.

Yes, even one for your bone-handle straight razor.

Bar Refaeli Is on a Tightrope

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Unfair Isle: Drake’s fall lookbook has landed on Selectism and it’s all rakishly on-point as usual.[Selectism]

The ’90s Epitomized: MTV has just uploaded their archive of the House of Style, hosted by Cindy Crawford and frequented by Duran Duran and Will Smith. [MTV]

Now for Some Actual Onscreen Style: GQ has edited a supercut of the 25 most stylish movies of all time. Enjoy. [GQ]

Joining Us via Satellite: If you’re not going to make it to Lollapalooza next weekend, 48 bands’ shows will be webcast. Here’s the virtual lineup. [SPIN]

Drake’s Goes Bespoke

  • Najib Benouar

Finding the ideal tie width can be a very personal thing—especially for the kind of person who wears one almost daily. Once you’ve got it nailed down, it’s something that will make or break every subsequent tie purchase—which is why many well-heeled outfits like Drake’s of London have offered the bespoke treatment to their regular in-shop customers for some time now. All that changes today—cancel the flight to London—because they’ve opened their custom tie program to anyone with an Internet connection and a discerning taste in ties. It’s all the quintessentially British fabrics you’re used to (50-ounce silk twill, grenadine, cashmere), but now you can get them in whatever length, width, lining and tipping you’d like. For some, this is revolutionary news. You’ll want to have your metric conversion table handy.

A Pocket Full of Sunshine

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The latest in our ongoing coverage of—and advocacy for—the summer pocket square comes from the habitually dandy fellows at Drake’s London. These summery handkerchiefs of cotton with a touch of silk (force of habit, presumably) have been tipped in bold summer colors and bear patterns that collectively read like the storyboard for your typical summer weekend/fever dream. You’ll want to keep this one handy next time you’re brushing up on your tango.

The First Polo from Drake’s of London

Drake’s is getting into the polo game.

They just unveiled their very first polo shirt, a long-sleeved version made to be worn under a jacket (possibly while holding a Panama hat). It’s not too different from the Kent Wang pique cotton polo we tipped you off to in the fall, but this one’s a little more substantial, and the fabric’s well-combed enough to stand up to your sport coat.

If you’ve got a Derby of some kind in your future, this would be a pretty good place to start.

The Ties of Spring

With winter safely in the rear-view mirror, there’s a whole new breed of tie up for grabs. Forget the gray wools and somber brown hues. Now that the sun is out, we’re more partial to raw silks, textured cotton and madras ties—the rare breed of neckwear that actually looks good on a beach. And in case you want to join in the celebration, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite examples after the jump.

See a few of our favorite spring ties»

A First Look Inside J.Crew’s Ludlow Shop

J.Crew’s Ludlow Shop opened earlier today in Tribeca, the first shop wholly devoted to their signature two-button suit. And nice guys that they are, they let us in for a look around. There’s a lot to see, including a rare look at the Ludlow’s inner construction and some typically handsome Drake’s gear. But we won’t ruin it all by talking; take a look after the jump...

Take a look at J.Crew’s brand-new suiting shop»

The Summer DB

This handsome cotton jacket just came down the transom from Drake’s, offering a pretty good primer on what double-breasted style looks like in warmer months. Our favorite touch: the strong navy blue in the tie and pocket square, all the more important set against the wide swaths of khaki.

The bad news is, this one will only be available at the Clifford Street shop in London, so most of you will probably have to seek double-breasted solace elsewhere. We’d suggest Cucinelli for the well-heeled and a custom tailor for everyone else. (You may even want to show them this picture.) And remember, keep the shoulders in proportion.

Shanina Shaik Is Concerned About Her Roomba

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The Female Perspective: Some of the sharpest women in the game weigh in on what to get your lady for Valentine’s... assuming you haven’t already made a preemptive strike. [Valet]

Slub and Tussah: Derek Guy digs up a tie brand selling nearly Drake’s-quality shantung ties at half the price. [Put This On]

The Train Rolls On: After the great man’s passing, Details digs up a vintage profile of Don Cornelius in his dotage. A thing of beauty. [Details]

Lost in Translation: One more beautiful Italian menswear brand. Fair warning: the text is also in Italian. [Men’s Reverie]