We’re big fans of styleblogger Gus Walbolt known for his great eye and love of color (obviously). His tumblr account http://abitofcolor.tumblr.com/ is a source for anyone just getting into the idea of dressing well, but remaining true to one self. Gus is a super cool dude who we got the chance to meet a few months ago at Styleforum x A&H Magazine’s NYC Trunk Show and we were hooked on his charisma and acute sense of style.
When Gus reached out to us about a possible collaboration we were thrilled and it was something right up our alley. Gus has access to some of the coolest vintage fabrics sold Stateside (think antique dyed indigo from Japan and Africa) that would make perfect casual ties for our line. All week I’ll be testing some of the very first product samples we’ve been working on, Batik Cotton from Mali. Batik uses a “resist” process for making designs on fabric. The artist uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving “blank” areas in the dyed fabric. The process, wax resist then dye, can be repeated over and over to create complex multicolored designs. We focused on fabrics with indigo dyes, and interesting wear patterns.
The first in the tie I chose to give a whirl was a heavier cotton with a non-symmetrical drip pattern diagonally across the fabric. Because each throw size piece of fabric is made up of a few smaller strips, there may appear to be seams running through the tie, but it really is just this antique African fabric showing it’s true beauty and character, and color, just like we both like it. It can be seen below with another antique indigo fabric, Japanese Boro cotton from the middle 19th Century, made into a scarf and our Yellow Hook Heirloom Button Down and Yellow Hook Galliano Raw Denim Work Shirt.