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Gentleman Arthur Ties

A smart line of woodblock-printed neckties channeling classic American authors and innovators

by Meghan Killeen in Style on 12 December 2011

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Weaving a story into very stitch, Gentleman Arthur creates handcrafted, art deco-inspired neckties with an authorial vibe. Using an intensive labor-of-love woodblock printing process, Gentleman Arthur produces a limited run of ties imbued with aesthetically faded patterns reminiscent of what co-founder and designer, Samuel Wagner, likens to "the worn adverts you see painted on the side of old brick buildings; their story inexorably linked to that material."

Trading in the iconic accessory's buttoned-up silk standard for a smart but rustic aesthetic, Gentleman Arthur offers a small assortment of ties that will likely appeal to the free-reeling, scholarly-minded sartorialist. From the Jack Kerouac-inspired "Hobo" design to the geodesic pattern of the aptly titled "Buckminister" tie, each piece is infused with a unique tale that "bounces between the modern and the adventurous." Wagner explains, "I wanted to create a project that had the mental complexity of artwork while sharing the accessibility of popular culture."

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From the selection of the wood to the hand-sewn seams, each step of the tie process reflects the custom care and organic imprint that distinguishes the brand. "Some would say those are imperfections, but Arthur thinks that it's those remnants of the craftsman that makes the ties perfect. We want to establish a connection between the craftsman and the wearer, and create a sense of where products come from," says Wagner.

Made from 100% cotton and felt, Gentleman Arthur ties sell online for $75. Keep an eye out for their equally handsome line of pocket squares coming out next year.

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