Red Denim Necktie
I made this necktie in a manner idiosyncratic to a tailor named H.A. Otter. It took me a number tries to understand his method of making a tie, which is practical, efficient, and elegant. His ties were not cut on the bias, they were cut with the weft (across the fabric's width), as are mine. The most interesting thing I discovered in the process of making it was that the tie's flare was actually a function of its manufacture.
While the pattern of this tie influenced by the construction and design of Otter's neckties, its aesthetics and proportions are modern. Having a length of 55" and front width of 3", its overall dimensions were determined by what I feel is comfortable to wear. The square back of the tie utilizes the fabric's selvedge as a design element, an idea I borrowed from the makers of the Hill-Side neckties, Emil & Sandy Corsillo, whom I respect very much.
The fabric I used for this necktie is vintage Red Erwin Mills Sport Denim and dates to the 1940s.
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