THE EX­PERT Michael Hill

Plaza Watch International - - Fashion -

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Why has the tie be­come so popular?

“There's no doubt a younger de­mo­graphic that en­joys dress­ing up; a nor­mal re­ac­tion to the laid-back fash­ion of re­cent years. Th­ese peo­ple are after authenticity rather than some­thing old­fash­ioned. we're proud to cater to this savvy crowd by man­u­fac­tur­ing our ties

and shirts in eng­land.”

What is char­ac­ter­is­tic of Drake's ties?

“Our ma­te­ri­als. we're not in­ter­ested in cut­ting costs, only im­prov­ing our of­fer­ing. by com­pro­mis­ing the fab­ric, the tie will fal­ter. we print by hand in Mac­cles­field, and the weav­ing takes

place in Sud­bury, Suf­folk. when it comes to man­u­fac­tur­ing, we're proud to say that our slip­pers, those who sew the ties by hand, have been with us for at

least 20 years.”

How should a ca­sual tie be worn?

“with other ca­sual items: a but­ton-down or chambray shirt, a soft un­struc­tured cot­ton jacket and suede chukkas. A ca­sual tie also works nicely with a for­mal suit. Mix­ing ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures can make for a great over­all look. for this pur­pose, the ca­sual tie

is ideal.”

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