Art Deco Ties

Written by Aleks Cvetkovic - 8 March 2018

The Jackal’s Aleks Cvetkovic on a subject close to his heart.

I’m serious folks. The new Drake’s art deco prints are a joy to behold; three hand-rolled ties in bright, warm complementary colours, each with a soft concentric square pattern inspired by 1930s archive patterns.

They’re not for the faint-hearted, but that’s precisely why you should consider one. The danger with the humble tie is that even if you’re an enthusiastic tie wearer, they can easily become part of a conservative uniform. We all have our favourites that we return to time and again – the navy repp, the forest green shantung, the burgundy grenadine. So, every now and then it pays to mix things up, and to remind yourself why you enjoy wearing a tie in the first place: so you can express yourself.

Art Deco prints do this like nothing else, and in teal, tan and crimson; navy, emerald green and burnt orange; and powder blue, scarlet and buttery yellow, there’s a combination in there to suit everyone. Note the lovely texture of these too – they’re not a pure satin foulard – rather, they’re printed on a crispy blend of silk and cotton with some surface interest, which makes them that little bit more tactile and helps them hold a dimple. In short, these are ties that say you’re confident, put-together and a seasoned dresser – capable of pulling off even the fruitiest of patterns.

White/Navy Stripe Regular Fit Cotton Shirt with Button Down Collar

Navy Art Deco Block Print Silk and Cotton Tie

Blue Art Deco Block Print Silk and Cotton Tie

Green Art Deco Block Print Silk and Cotton Tie

You’ll be surprised how easy these are to wear, too. The key is to keep the rest of your look discreet – let two or three colours in the print do the talking. Pair with classic Bengal stripe oxford shirts in pale, summery colours, or chambray. Drake’s is also offering a chic cream Easyday button-down shirt this season that’s the ideal foundation for these ties; it grounds their rich colours perfectly. All you need over the top is a classic navy blazer (nothing fussy) or a chocolate linen suit. Don’t overcomplicate things.

One last tip: when you’re working these into your wardrobe, think about the secondary colours in each tie. For example, I’d pair the teal tie with a red Bengal stripe shirt, under a navy suit – because the tie’s secondary colour in the tie’s print is crimson.

Most importantly, when you’re in the mood to break out a colourful tie, enjoy it. It’s a pleasure to wear something that isn’t part of your usual uniform, but that’s characterful, glamorous and rooted in a particularly colourful period of menswear history. Embrace your inner sharpie and cut a dash with one of these at your next cocktail soirée – you’ll be the talk of the room.