All I needed to see were the words "American" & "Vintage" in the same sentence and my attention was drawn. Never mind that I was not just the only man in the room, but the only non-retirement aged person in the room as well. Yeah, well, vintage textiles and a mutual admiration for masterful craftsmanship have a way of pulling birds of a feather together (textile geeks).
General Knot & Co. is Always a Gift!
You will never see a General Knot & Co. purchase arrive at your door flat-packed in a poly bag, in a box filled with bubble wrap. We appreciate you coming to our shop and want you to enjoy the whole experience.
Whenever we create a design or an element for our online shop, we always consider the "experience" that our customers will potentially have. We wholeheartedly feel that both our customers and the products which we offer are special. To deliver one's purchases with anything less in mind would diminish the entire experience.
I knew about Hatch Show Print before I actually knew about them. I had seen their posters in shop windows and restaurants and even wine labels they had created, but never knew who was behind the beautiful letterpress print work.
When designing ties (or anything, for that matter), it often makes sense to consider the possible end use- or end user of the designs. Sometimes, our vintage fabrics already have a plan of their own.
A universally well-liked knot, the Four-In-Hand is also the simplest to tie. More or less, it's the Half Windsor minus a wrap, so you end up with a smaller knot and a somewhat neater and tighter look. All in all, all knots are good-looking. Just choose the one that speaks to the occasion. Hey, there's some sound advice for you. Now, go forth young man!
Kempt, a great editorial division of Urban Daddy, wrote a solid post about one of our most popular ties- The Seersucker & Folk Art Two Tone Tie. We love their take on the design, really appreciating the era from which the pattern came from and the tongue-n-cheek General Knot & Co. ethos- "It’s an Eisenhower-era, archival folk-art print—along the lines of your Gitman Vintage shirts or a Levi’s throwback—only now it’s found its way onto your tie rack."
Thanks for the introductions Kempt- glad to call you friends!
Growing up in Fairfield County Connecticut, I was quite used to colorfully painted front doors. A lot of Hunter Green and Cobalt Blue in my town, but the Londoners definitely take the cake when it comes to putting it all out there. A slightly different look from what we North East American Prepsters would promote, London residents take their cue from their famously rebellious British individualism- as in Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood. With all that said though, I could actually see these painted doors and shutters fitting right in up North on the Cape or down South in Charlestown. Hmmm... it may be time for a fresh coat on my front door.
With my college years starting down south in North Carolina (Greensboro, to be exact), I remember driving through Princeton, N.C. on my way to the Outerbanks. Not a bad drive, knowing that the beaches lay just ahead.
We are so happy to be featured today on NBC New York. NBC's Catherine Blair Pfander became especially interested in General Knot & Co. recently when she spotted a well-dressed gent on the streets of New York wearing one of our ties. (Thank you to the well-dressed gent for being in the right place at the right time).
Tomorrow's Sunday New York Times will have an article on the front page of its Automobiles section about his beautiful 1952 Cunningham C-3 sports car. I have to admit being ignorant to this gorgeous motor car before receiving the Sunday section in the driveway this Saturday morning. If only I had known about it when I was granted my three wishes by the genie in the bottle just last week.
For someone who has spent most journeys to visit factories in a van packed with fellow jet-lagged designers barreling through the remote hillsides and packed industrial streets of China, it was very nice to take in the change of scenery for my latest "factory visit". Not to say that those trips to China were not great fun- and they often were. There's nothing quite like how severe stress and sleep deprivation can bring a group of designers together!
Yep, for college students back in the 1920s, this was their laundromat. Without laundry services on campus or accessibility to a neighborhood laundromat (not sure if they even existed yet), college students had to rely on their ever-dependable mom to keep them in clean duds. As often as needed, they'd pack all their dirty (alcohol soaked) clothes into the Fiberco Laundripak and mail it home where their moms would make everything all perfect again- just like magic!