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Kempt Man of the Hour: Daniel Craig

This snap comes from last week’s Madrid premiere of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where Daniel Craig was holding a clinic on neutral tones, Rooney Mara was looking impishly sexy and David Fincher was threatening to clobber some poor photographer with a bike chain. (We assume.) Our favorite part is the tight dimple in Craig’s knit tie—a surprisingly tricky feat—and, of course, everything about Ms. Mara.

The Wisdom of P. Johnson Tailors

P. Johnson

Australian tailor Patrick Johnson made his name outfitting some of the most stylish gentlemen in Hong Kong, but as his latest crop of photos proves, he’s got plenty of style on his own.

It’s not a lookbook exactly—he only bothers with pictures every couple of years—but it’s a great reminder of what a sharp tailor can do. If you’re having a suit made any time soon, this is one to bookmark.

Here’s the work of the legendary P. Johnson, and what you can learn from it»

The Knit Bowtie

Knit Bowtie

Our rules for bowties are fairly simple: keep it small, quiet colors and as interesting a fabric as possible. So we were pleased to run across Steve & Co., an Italian accessories line that just rolled out a new crop of knit wool ties. They're pre-tied (purists, fire away), but that's the price of an unconventional fabric. And for around $50 a pop, you can afford to break a few rules.

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Kempt Man of the Hour: Zac Posen

It’s a time-tested rule: designers have all the fun.

Take Zac Posen’s latest three-piece as your first example, spotted at the Belvedere Bloody Mary launch. It’s the kind of outsized elegance most gentlemen don’t dare attempt, but all it takes is a good tailor and a knack for details. Our favorite touch might be the shawl-collar on his waistcoat, a trick you usually see on gentleman twice his age and double his belt size. Throw in a knit tie to complete the blue-and-gray spectrum, and he’s ready for the hall of fame.

The banker’s collar isn’t exactly on-trend—but when you’re wearing this kind of getup, you’re allowed to blaze a few trails. After this, we might have to break our own out of storage.

Brigitte Bardot is Lightly Tousled

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Safety First: Using a safety pin on your precious knit tie: an underrated sartorial power move. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Rocket Man: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. If you can get around the whole Cold War thing, there’s a lot to like. [T Magazine]

Bikes of Glory: A rundown of famous men and their motorcycles. Buddy Holly’s looking pretty good. [Art of Manliness]

Dropping Fools: Antenna’s ten favorite knockouts. It’s not a good day to be George Foreman. [Antenna]

Our New Favorite Knit


eTies has been a great source of Euro-styled ties for a while now, but their latest batch of knit ties has us seriously reconsidering our collection. They’re going for around $50—after currency conversion, but before shipping. There are even some in there that could pass for grenadine…but mostly there are just so many of them. You may want to clear your schedule.

Gisele Stole that Jacket From a Biker

Stroke by Stroke: An all-access history of the Strokes, including some pretty interesting soul searching about First Impressions of Earth. Those kids are going places. [Pitchfork]

Wire Yourselves: Apparently our beloved Iditarod has been wired for GPS. [Engadget]

The Square End: Your new source for knit ties. They’re more whimsical than professorial. [Bengal Stripe]

Come Out and Play: A.O. Scott sinks his teeth into The Warriors. Nicely done. [NYTimes]

The Knit Cotton Tie


The knit tie has been an extra credit item for well-dressed men for a while now…long enough that we’re ready to see a few twists on it.

This one came from Camo’s capsule booth, with an important difference from the average square-bottomed knit. Instead of wool or silk, this is knit together from cotton, in a ribbed pattern not that different from the waistline of a sweater.

Apparently it took some serious factory shenanigans to make it work, but the result is our favorite piece of tie technology this season.

The Belt-Tie Connection


A.P.C.’s 2009 accessories just hit the market and these belts were the item that caught our eye.

The usual rule is to match your belt to your shoes—brown to brown, black to black, and so on—but in this case, there’s a stronger affinity between the belt and the tie. We’ve already seen A.P.C.’s waist-bound response to the skinny tie, and this latest belt seems built to match its less trendy cousin, the knit tie. It’s a good idea, and it might even be a new style law in the making.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men


If you felt like doubting, we’ve uncovered documentary proof: James Agee was one slick bastard.

The pomade and peak lapels probably went over better in the 40s, but otherwise there’s a lot to learn from this particular man of letters. Knit ties over checked shirts still carry a good deal of literary heft, especially under a light suit with a good fabric.

And a scar or two doesn’t hurt.

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down


The tie is having a rough year, and if thing keep up this way, the double-windsor may soon go the way of the cummerbund.

Last week saw the end of the Men’s Dress Furnishings Association, a trade group that took on the Lorax-like task of speaking for the tiemakers of America. Unfortunately for the MDFA, men aren’t wearing ties that much anymore, even to work. The Wall Street Journal points to a gallup poll citing a record low of 6% of men wearing ties to work, compared to 10% six years ago. The highlight of the article is the description of an annual luncheon where many MDFA members went tieless. There isn’t usually a dress code for a tie association gathering, but they probably could have figured that one out»