Some men are well dressed, others are properly dressed and a few, like Richard James, are elegantly dressed. The winner of multiple awards, including Menswear Designer of the Year from the British Fashion Council in 2001, James isn’t short of options in his wardrobe.
Having founded Richard James with his business partner Sean Dixon in 1992, he’s gone on to dress everyone from Daniel Craig to Paul McCartney.
We’re here to talk ties, and specifically the four-in-hand knot he prefers, but James remains surprisingly blasé. “I try not to give too much thought to my tie knot,” he says. “I’ve been tying it like this since I can remember.”
The four-in-hand he demonstrates is simple, but entirely appropriate with the knitted ties he prefers. “They’re a good way of dressing down. I wouldn’t wear one for a formal event but otherwise, sure.”
Squeezing the tie in his hand, he cocks his ear. “You can tell the quality of a silk tie by how much it creaks when you squeeze it,” he explains, “and the reason they generally have a straight edge is that you can’t knit silk into a point.”
James places right side over left, wraps it around, brings it up, over and back down through the loop. “The dimple is important. Tricky, but a smart finishing touch.” As he says this, James pulls the long end of the tie tight, pinching it just below the knot to ensure said dimple is locked in. “Easy.”
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