Can’t spell ‘Valentine’ without T-I-E

You also need L-I-N-T and a N-A-V-E-L, but that’s beside the point, especially when you get to the ins and outs of it.

So, here we have the feast of St. Valentine, which has become the #3 spending holiday on earth. Yes, I just made that statistic up, but if you’d seen the line at the Belgian Chocolatier Piron today, you’d know that procrastination knows no bounds.

Back to the Cupidity at hand. My friend Dan Murrell passed along a few tie-related quotes, as well as some song titles. Here’s a good quote from the master of suspense Stephen King (which you can’t spell w/o T-I-E): He had a massive stroke. He died with his tie on. Do you think that could be our generation’s equivalent of that old saying about dying with your boots on?

Not bad, Mr. Master o’ Suspense. Here’s one, that’s quite apropos for today, from Earl Wilson (who, for all I know, may just be some random citizen): A woman may race to get a man a gift but it always ends in a tie. I hereby dub thee the Earl of Clever!

So, on to the TdJSVE (Tie du Jour, Special Valentine’s Edition)…

This is a wonderfully crafted tie, from la maison du Charvet. This high-end atélier has served kings and politicians for almost two centuries, and their shirts are world-famous. I thought this blue and red pattern had a little hint of hearts, perfect for today (yes, Mom, I’m writing it on time).

As for the ensemble, I had my friend snap a shot of it, so I could show my redness. Cufflinks, pocket square and pink shirt, of course. In this pic, it actually looks like there are tiny blue hears weaved into the fabric of the tie.

Well, once again, I delve into the world of the tele-vision for my new Guys With Ties. This is from a movie whose title is perfect for this blog. School Ties, of course, starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Ben Affleck, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, Elvis, Ronald Reagan. Okay, I lied from Brando on, but this is some heavy cast. And, since the movie, from ’92, was set at a prep school in the mid-50s, the students wore a lot of ties. I picked out a couple of good ones…

Thanks for reading…Brooke


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