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Entries in tie bar (5)

Wednesday
Nov252015

BellaMantra.

we, at dripcult, enjoy looking dapper as fuh. It's just a fact. And you've heard us say it over and over, that the key to taking your look to the next level is the fine details. That is, once you've covered the basics of course. Get a suit that fits. Get it tailored. Get a tailored white shirt to go with it. Find the right tie for your suit color. Then, add a tie bar and boom, you've significantly improved your look. 

Currently our favorite tie bars come from the etsy wizard BellaMantra

Take a gander at what she has to offer:

Stop by BellaMantras online shop and grab a tie bar from one of a billion options. I mean, at around $22, you can get some christmas shopping done at the same time.

 

- dripcult

Tuesday
May062014

ellsworth & clyde review.

And then I tried this clip, now I'm a believer. Our friends at Ellsworth & Clyde hooked me up with a gorgeous wood and leather tie bar to try out for myself, and I must say, I'm impressed.

One of the things I noticed and respected about the company right off the bat was the attention to detail. Even the packaging shows extensive time and thought being put into their craft, and for me, that says a lot about a company. 

The way I see it, any company could start crapping out cheap tie bars and packaging them in little tiny ziplock bags to save on production costs and get every single cent out of customers. For a company to spend extra time, extra money, and extra care on the packaging and overall quality of a product...i dig that.

Ellsworth & clyde offer three main color and styling combinations: teak and brown leather, ebony and black leather, and rosewood and black leather. I went with the rosewood because I felt that it blended formal and casual looks without leaning too far in either direction. 

The idea behind these tie bars is actually super simple: two pieces of wood, one strip of leather, and four brass pins, all treated and assembled by hand by a 98 year old man in an antique work shed (okay the part about the old man isn't true, but they really are handcrafted). Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. I've heard that the best things in life are free, but I've also learned that you get what you pay for, so let's just agree that the whole "free" concept isn't really a good idea when it comes to menswear.

After wearing the e&c clip a few times, it was apparent that the functionality on this thing is on a whole other level. a strong magnet pulls the wood together, holding your tie against your shirt. The magnet strength is spot-on too--not too strong to where the tie is pinched tight, but also strong enough to stop your tie from flapping around in the wind.

the other brilliant feature is the adjustability. The clip features two pieces of wood of different lengths. No, it's not an oversight; this just means that you can wear it on ties of various widths without a problem. It fit my 3" ties like a glove, and my 2.5" ties like a different, but equally perfect, glove.

I've had the clip for a few weeks now, and i've worn it on numerous occasions. It hasn't worn down at all. Nothing is falling a part or fading or breaking. I guess it just goes to show you, making stuff with your bare hands, when done correctly, adds a bit of longevity to product lifespan. Translation: this thing is going to last forever. 

I really can't say enough positive things about this tie bar, which probably means I should stop while I'm ahead. I'll just say this: these tie bars are awesome and I highly recommend you stop by their website and pick one up right here

 

 - james

 

Tuesday
Mar182014

ellsworth & clyde.

Use of the tie bar became prominent in the 1920s, and remained virtually unchanged (with a few exceptions) for the next 90 something years. Ellsworth & Clyde decided to do something about it.

The ellsworth & Clyde tie bar is crafted from high quality woods and premium leathers and made entirely by hand. The tie bar features a magnetic clasp instead of a bulky clip or impossibly tight metal fold, creating a much simpler tie bar experience. Simple, yet effective.

Until I get my hands on one, I can't speak to the quality, but so far, I'm digging the idea. Granted, it may not be suitable for every occasion, but I definitely love to have one to mix things up from time to time. 

 

- james

Thursday
Dec122013

men's accessory gift guide.

not sure what to ask for this christmas season? or maybe you need help getting a guy gift? well here you go. this little guide should help point you in the right direction and make shopping or requesting some gifts easier. happy holidays everyone.

  1. brushed straight silver tie bar - the tie bar.
  2. charlie wallet - herschel supply co.
  3. bottlehook - corter leather & cloth.
  4. weekender watch - timex.
  5. field notes - field notes brand.

- dripcult

Tuesday
Nov122013

tie bar 101.

I found an amazingly comprehensive and complete guide to the correct and effective use of the tie bar on the gentlemanual. Allow me to break down the main points:

 

length.

For the modern man, a tie bar should extend 1/2 to 3/4 of the way across the width of your tie. For a more classic or retro look, select a tie bar that matches the full width of your tie. No matter your preference, never wear a tie bar that extends beyond the width of your tie or the Gods of Style will smite thee with a bolt of lightning.

 

location.

The ideal placement for a tie bar is around the middle to bottom of your sternum. Clip too high and this functional accessory is rendered ineffectual.  Too low can look awkward and even a bit silly. Within “the sweet spot,” a lower placement is more classic while a higher placement can create a slimming effect.

 

color.

If you prefer to play it safe, pick a simple silver or gold tie bar. Try to match the metal polish of your tie bar with your jacket buttons, cufflinks, watch or belt buckle. If you feel it compliments your style, don’t be afraid mix up metals and go with patterned, colored or novelty tie bars. 

 

when.

The right time to wear a tie bar is always and forever. Not only does a tie bar help keep your necktie out of your bowl of cornflakes, it is the simplest and time-tested way to stand apart from the herd.  Whether you’re wearing a three piece suit or a pair of blue jeans, a tie bar is a welcome addition to any outfit that includes a necktie.

Personally, I'm a big fan of tie bars. I think it's actually pretty safe to say I'm a big fan of any subtle little thing you can do to set yourself apart. The nice thing about this particular accessory is that you can find them for dirt cheap all over the interwebz. My favorite places to look are on thetiebar, etsy, and ebay. I definitely recommend picking up a few in different colors and materials. Here are a few examples of what it looks like when it's done right:

 

- james