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Shirt & Tie Lesson

Yes gents you it's ok to wear checked shirts with stripe ties! I always find it amazing how many times I have been asked this over the years. Generally when putting an ensemble together we like to create a balance with color and pattern which will compliment the overall outfit... If the jacket is striped or checked go for a plain colored shirt with a patterned tie.. If your suit is plain it's really up to you! Fine stripe shirts can work well with either a bold diaganol stripe tie, plain or patterned tie... Check shirts look great with just a plain solid color tie or a stripe if you know what you're doing. No matter what it's always best to start with...

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The Story of how a Great Scot and a Missing Manuscript shaped the world's Tie Industry forever...

Centuries ago in a small village near Aberdeen, Scotland there was a small family business well known for creating some of the finest textile designs in the region. Presumably their involvement with French merchants at the time gave rise to some of the most distinguished and elaborate garments adorned by Scottish heraldry until the banning of such wares by the King of England towards the end of the 18th century. As fate would have it more than one hundred years later an entire industry would be reborn across the southern borders of Scotland producing the finest silk, cashmere and wool products in the world which soon initiated the original 'paisley' design as we know today.  In the 1950's when a young Scottish woman working for a tie...

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What is the best way to look after your shirts?

 To ensure longevity and best performance from your shirts always follow the care advice on the label.  A normal machine wash on a warm cycle is preferable as hot or very cold water is more likely to shrink or shift the color in a garment. Always check the label first as different fabric constructions require different washing cycles. Wash similar colours together and never leave your shirt soaking in detergent with the exception of white fabrics which may be carefully soaked in a special solution by experienced launderers. Never add bleach to coloured, striped or checked shirts as it is only intended to use on white garments. For stubborn stains around collars and cuffs you can use a stain remover product however its always good to check its ok to...

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