Diplomatic Ties 349: Boivin

By Daniel Blockert|June 8, 2016|Diplomatic Ties - The Series|1 comments

For me French ties were more or less synonymous with Charvet and Hermès, together with a few Parisian tailors that made their own ties in-house. Now I have discovered that there were more to French ties than this with brands such as Howard’s and Boivin. Boivin has actually been around for a long time and made ties for several other brands alongside their own line. Above all they make lovely madder ties that are on par with any of the best English brands. Thanks to Dirnelli I found out about Kimono, a small shop in Paris that sell Boivin ties made

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Diplomatic Ties 328: Calabrese

By Daniel Blockert|March 5, 2016|Diplomatic Ties - The Series|0 comments

Pictures taken by the fascinating “Origami” building in Geneva, designed for Japanese Tobacco. The suit is a rare beast in the wild today, with a true 3-button jacket. I got it as MTM many years ago and it’s one of my oldest suits, made by Chester Barrie in a super 150s fabric. I have thought about having it slightly altered and re-pressed to a 3-roll-2, but at the same time I think it might lose something. Besides, true 3-buttons may come back again! The suit is worn with a Brioni shirt, Calabrese tie, Berg & Berg ps and shoes from

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