07
Dec
vandafineclothing:

081213 is just about half a day away! Please note that our workshop will be closed tomorrow for a private event - no prizes for guessing what the event is!We also have something quite special planned for this joyful occasion. Trust us, this will be one Sunday that you’ll probably want to check in to our website…A tiny hint: Diana and I are feeling rather happy and generous this weekend

A huge congratulations to Diana & Gerald, my two favorite #menswear artisans! May you both have many happy years together in your future.

vandafineclothing:

081213 is just about half a day away! 

Please note that our workshop will be closed tomorrow for a private event - no prizes for guessing what the event is!

We also have something quite special planned for this joyful occasion. Trust us, this will be one Sunday that you’ll probably want to check in to our website…

A tiny hint: Diana and I are feeling rather happy and generous this weekend

A huge congratulations to Diana & Gerald, my two favorite #menswear artisans! May you both have many happy years together in your future.

09
Nov
03
Oct

vandafineclothing:

It’s been nearly a year since our first collection was launched in November 2011. Something special is brewing in our little workshop…Stay tuned!

You know that whole, “I don’t wear brand logos” rule? Throwing that out the window (effective immediately) for Vanda Fine Clothing. 

24
Jul
vandafineclothing:

Our new collection including 5 beautifully textured ties and 2 handsome pocket squares are now available on our webstore!

The tie I previewed/reviewed is now available!

vandafineclothing:

Our new collection including 5 beautifully textured ties and 2 handsome pocket squares are now available on our webstore!

The tie I previewed/reviewed is now available!

19
Jul

Raw silk necktie from Vanda Fine Clothing — Another beautiful piece of neckwear handmade by the team at Vanda, which is becoming dangerously addicting for me. (You can read my prior review of Vanda’s 6-fold grenadine necktie here.)

If you’ve been following their Tumblr, you’ll have noticed they’re doing quite a few slubby raw silk ties. So, I asked Gerald if they had any navy pieces of neckwear coming in the future and he was kind enough to give me a peek at what fabrics were forthcoming. And I’ll just add that they have a lot of gorgeous fabrics in the pipeline.

I settled on this navy with a double-bar white stripe silk shantung from Italy and placed an order. Gerald was also kind enough to offer to monogram my tie as a preview of their new monograming service they offer. 

As you can see from the detail photos, the handwork is phenomenal and the pictures don’t do the fabric justice. The shantung is amazingly soft despite it’s rough appearance and yet has some toughness and weight to it. 

Like all of Vanda’s ties, it’s 6-fold, untipped with hand-rolled edges, no keeper and this one happens to be unlined, too. The monogram is discretely placed inside one of the folds. I think the monogram is a great touch, especially if you were to give one of these ties as a gift (and Vanda ships each tie in a great giftbox, too). 

As for how it knots, I was a bit worried about the thickness of the raw silk combined with the 6-fold construction would make for a bulky knot, but as you can see it works just fine and leaves a good dimple rather easily. 

Overall (and unsurprisingly), I’m more than satisfied with the purchase. The ties from Vanda are something really great.

30
Apr
vandafineclothing:

Our new range of neckties and pocket squares are now up for grabs!
We’ve had numerous inquiries about our unlined six-fold grenadines since pictures started surfacing months ago from Spoo and TheSilentist, whom we are thankful for having volunteered to test our prototypes.
After months of testing and refining the pattern, we’re proud to finally introduce it to you. Our first version comes in a handsome navy shade, woven as a garza piccolo (also known as garza fina or fine weave).
As far as a solid tie goes, I think you’ll agree this one is just about perfect.

I can’t stress enough how great this necktie is to handle. If you can swing it, then definitely pick one up before they’re all gone.

vandafineclothing:

Our new range of neckties and pocket squares are now up for grabs!

We’ve had numerous inquiries about our unlined six-fold grenadines since pictures started surfacing months ago from Spoo and TheSilentist, whom we are thankful for having volunteered to test our prototypes.

After months of testing and refining the pattern, we’re proud to finally introduce it to you. Our first version comes in a handsome navy shade, woven as a garza piccolo (also known as garza fina or fine weave).

As far as a solid tie goes, I think you’ll agree this one is just about perfect.

I can’t stress enough how great this necktie is to handle. If you can swing it, then definitely pick one up before they’re all gone.

06
Mar

Review: Vanda Fine Clothing unlined 6-fold garza fina grenadine

I’ve been admiring the neckties in recent months coming out from Vanda Fine Clothing, but the pricepoint always made me hesitate and hold off. While I don’t necessarily mind paying for high-quality, hand-crafted neckwear from a small business, the product I buy has to be an absolute “must-have” for me that I feel is completely unavailable elsewhere. 

Enter Vanda’s untipped, unlined, 6-fold garza fina navy grenadine necktie, first seen at La Casuarina, who received two prototypes from Vanda. I was immediately reminded of La Casuarina’s vintage Hermes 7-fold garza fina grenadine and how much I wished I could find a similar necktie. 

Given my addiction for navy neckties and the irresistibility of a multi-fold grenadine, I quickly shot off an email to Vanda, asking if they would take a pre-order for a similar necktie. Gerald was kind enough to write me back and let me know that it was still in prototype stages, but could still be purchased. He even offered to let me send it back for a lining if I felt the unlined construction didn’t work. 

I placed an order and waited. And it was completely worth the wait and price. 

The most obvious first thing you notice is how sheer the necktie is without a lining or tipping. It feels lighter than a silk pocket square or linen shirt, yet the texture feels actually durable despite the very open weave. 

The 6-fold construction actually gives the tie some much needed heft and thickness when you tie it. It cinches up well and drapes nicely in an arch around the knot. You don’t really have to try to tie a good knot — it’s almost if it naturally forms itself. 

But the real amazing stuff is found in the details. You can’t help but love the hand-rolled edges and the sewing at the tip. It’s all exposed and you almost can’t believe it’s done by hand. The meticulousness of the stitching is astounding when you examine it up close and feel the edges with your hand. 

What I really love though about the necktie though is how it’s reduced to its bare-bones. No blade keeper. No labels. Just an absolutely well-crafted piece of neckwear. 

How does this necktie stack up to others I own? Frankly, it doesn’t — because I own no other neckties like this one and it sits alone as a unique piece in my collection that I’m glad to have and wear.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

E-mail me, I'm fairly nice: thesilentist@gmail.com

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