Navy & cream houndstooth bow tie

Houndstooth for us places among the more subtle of cloth weaves. It’s not as logo-esque as a glencheck (originally that motif identified a particular estate) or brash as pin or chalkstripes; it brings rather an illusion of texture. This one is the real deal: a soft, worsted wool weave that pops in & out of its knot.

Le Bar Botaniste, Paris

Le Bar Botaniste, Paris. Underwhelming; perhaps it was the plastic drinking straw, or the guy sitting nearby wearing a t-shirt, or the slightly-tacky pop music. On the plus side, a guest entered wearing a velvet smoking jacket. And the barmen are undeniably affable chaps.