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How I Came To Love The Stack - If You Can't Beat Them Join Them

How I Came To Love The Stack - If You Can't Beat Them Join Them
I promised myself I would never get a stack. But my friend was naturally confident wearing his stack and I came to find them very charming. I owned but one Rubinacci bracelet from a habadasher since gone out of business. My friend told me about Maor Cohen, the Los Angeles based bracelet designed and his go to contact for his Stack.
What can I say, I thought to myself, well, technically I own my business, and I am a CEO I guess. I am creative, I am an artisan. I probably never recognise that. So, what the hell, let's give it a go. 
Three months later I have something to tell you, stacking is fun. Stacking is easier to wear than I thought, it just feels like a second wrist watch. And stacking is charming to look at when you have nothing to do but twiddle your thumbs. No, I will never be a billionaire, perhaps never even a millionaire. But I am at the helm of my tiny silk chop shop and I think I have earned my right to a stack.
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We Ship Worldwide, Our Customers Are Worldwide - Bow Ties From Le Noeud Papillon - Where We Continue To Hone Our Craft Year After Year

We Ship Worldwide, Our Customers Are Worldwide - Bow Ties From Le Noeud Papillon - Where We Continue To Hone Our Craft Year After Year

Do you want a bow tie that's different, one that sets you apart? Do you want something just for yourself? A self-tying bow tie that is made from the best silks sourced from around the globe, cut mostly as one off bow ties never to be repeated again? Would you like be a part of the process? We offer all this and more. Whatsapp us on +61413140994 or visit us at www.lenoeudpapillon.com

 

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Ian Fleming Interview - So Cool!

Ian Fleming Interview - So Cool!
I don't think I had ever seen an interview with Ian Fleming until this morning and it was a real treat. If you have a spare 5 minutes consider watching this - there is some charming dialogue between the interviewer and Fleming. Continue reading

Tones And I - What A Talent - I Hope She Becomes A Global Success

Tones And I - What A Talent - I Hope She Becomes A Global Success
I went to the Oxford Arts Factory last night to watch Tones And I, a busker from Byron Bay who has made waves and now seems to be on her way to national and potentially international success. I found her so gutsy and raw, like an unpolished diamond (sorry, but they invented cliches for a reason). I cannot wait to see her career evolve and wish her every success. She has talent in every fingernail. Continue reading

Feedback - We Love It - Keep Sending It Down The Line

Feedback - We Love It - Keep Sending It Down The Line
 Bow tie enthusiasts we are witnessing something special.  LNP undoubtedly is in a class of it's own. The quality is unsurpassed. The designs are pure artistry. They have revolutionized self-tie with their unique pre-tie technique. There’s always something on the platform that satisfies my taste and style. I thought I had a pretty good tie collection until I discovered LNP.
 
K.Dillard, Maryland
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Myle Vs Juul And How These Vapes Normalised A Traditionally Bad Habit

Myle Vs Juul And How These Vapes Normalised A Traditionally Bad Habit
The writer Leo Tolstoy once, in his savage indictment on the institution of marriage by way of his novella The Kreutzer Sonata, said that both marriage and cigarettes were extremely similar in the sense that they were both terrible habits that one couldn't kick. 
Tolstoy himself found it hard to give up cigarettes all his life and if my memory serves me correctly, his biographer Rosamund Bartlett said that he never quite kicked it.... Read more....
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New Carlo Riva Fabrics Have Arrived For Bespoke Shirts

New Carlo Riva Fabrics Have Arrived For Bespoke Shirts
My fixation with white shirts hasn't quite dissipated. In fact it might of gotten worse. Though I rarely get more than one wear out of a shirt before I have a dirty collar, there is something deliciously simple and elegant about a white shirt which works for bow ties. It is like white bordering a painting or having a blank canvas on which you build out from.
The Carlo Riva fabrics chosen on this round are the Voile Etamine and the Linen Arsenal. Very clean fresh fabrics from looms that are considered the best in the world. And though I have tried and love Alumo, Canclini, Monte and the now defunct SIC Tess range, I always feel like Carlo Riva is the only one which creates a second skin.
Bespoke shirt appointments can be booked by sending a Whatsapp to +61413140994
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The #SALE codes are live.

The #SALE codes are live.
The basic philosophy is this - we cut a range of bow ties each week, many of them one-off pieces, then we load them up onto the website and sell them down by Monday morning. If I have done my work correctly, you will pay the RRP I have put on them. If I haven't, you will pick up what I personally think is a bargain. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. If I haven't done my job then I lose. It's that simple. And by the time I have finished packing the bow ties to be shipped Monday morning I am after lunch able to start cutting again. Some people I know think I am in idiot for doing this, that I am ruining my brand - I understand their perspective. But from mine, we don't wish to hold onto silk and the cash we generate simply gets plied into new designs. It's why we will run three to six to ten times the amount of designs on our website that our nearest competitor is able to offer. The one off pieces, all finished with rose gold hardware, are, in my opinion, some of the best if not the best bow ties in the world today. None of them are perfect. My ultimate goal is to hone my craft over time and keep exploring new textiles, new designs, new knots. Like the Japanese woodblock artists, I never seek perfection, I seek excellence over time. For custom work please Whatsapp me on +61413140994.  Continue reading

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread - Superfeet And Other Luxury Insoles

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread - Superfeet And Other Luxury Insoles
It came about quite randomly, I was on Murphy Street in South Yarra, Melbourne. I was strolling around in a pair of penny loafers I had sourced on Ebay to patina. I always take the chance that they won't fit properly, I always have. I'd love to buy great English shoes in Australia but outside of Double Monk the number of stores that sell them are few and far between, what is on offer is limited. I wish I lived in England, just kidding, but for shoes it would be a great place to live. You have Cleverley there, Gaziano & Girling, John Lobb, Foster & Son, Churches, Crockett & Jones. No matter how hard those poorer nations try to catch up, the English keep their edge in style and construction.

The penny loafers were slipping. I stopped in at the bootmaker and asked him if he had good quality insoles. He did. He had German ones. I put them into the shoe and boyakasha, it was a perfect fit. That was March. Since then I have done some research and I wish to report back on my overall experience of the insoles I have played with.

It is worth noting that the average sports shoe company spends just 6 cents on your insole. So getting additional ones that are made of quality materials and have supportive functions can increase the longevity of the shoe, improve your ability to run or walk by up to 25% per day and, most of all, give you a more comfortable journey. Continue reading
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