Charmingly cluttered workbench

Bow ties on the ‘production line’. The workbench isn’t in reality this charmingly cluttered, however the bits & pieces here do represent Camille’s toolkit for putting together the finished product.

Our navy birdseye bow tie

Our navy birdseye bow tie, available now on our website zutiste.com.

It sits among our more formal bow ties due to the relatively ‘hard’ hand of the wool. Thus it’s classy without being shiny, and classic without being dull—thanks to the modern spring-in-its-step of the birdseye weave.

‘Circular saw’ of the 1920s

From ‘Gentleman’ (2010). Bernhard Roeztel on that handsome & uncomfortable siren of summer, the straw boater.

The black band is rather sober, however you need to keep in mind that a century ago black was the universal colour of businesswear and the circular saw was habitually worn with a suit of that colour.

Today such a hat might carry rather a charcoal or navy band. Unlike a panama though, a genuine ‘Strat’ is heavy, rigid & grates on the scalp. Best worn with an excellent sense of balance & a padded inner headband.