Thursday, 6 October 2016
Cordings - Never Out of Style Since 1839
Right for Each Other
A few weeks back, during my summer sojourn, I waxed longingly over a Cordings tie. The tie never really left my thoughts. I'd be clipping my box hedging at Tweed Towers by hand or supping a half of bitter in the Queen's Arms at Corton Denham and just wishing it was there with me, wrapped lovingly around my neck.
Despite the distance between us, it was clear we were meant for each other. We shared the same interests; culturally we were in perfect alignment.
I'm glad to say that this story has a happy ending. As you can see from these photos, as of this day we're now together.
The Cordings Crest tie (made in England) is based on a tie from the Cordings archive. It's available in blue and navy. I plumped for the green version and the Cordings Pale Blue Overcheck Tattersall shirt to be its perfect canvas. The shirt has a manly-sized collar — none of those childish micro collars at Tweed Towers.
And look at the tattersall tipping at the back of the tie.
Of course, they're going to look good out in the heather with your tweeds, but the ties and tattersall shirts from Cordings work in any off-duty situations; inimitable and easy-wearing British style that Cordings like to think they do well. They might consider it impolite and boastful, but after all these years I can say on their behalf that they actually do it well.
I have to tell you a bit about the mail service from Cordings, too. (Remember: I'm loathe to leave Somerset at the moment.) The shirt and tie arrived wonderfully packaged by the delightful Natalia and Catherine over at Cordings HQ in London.
I've tried to capture the artistry here, but you'll have to imagine the pleasing rustle of the tissue as the booty was uncovered from the box and my excitable face beaming like a child on Christmas day. Tears of joy? Utter poppycock! I don't know where you heard that from.
I'm rather pleased with the first photo of the packaging below. It has something of the style of Willy Hameister's work on The Cabinet of Dr. Cagliari about it — accidentally, of course.
Behold! Purest Cordings delivered fresh to my door:
The darling package from Cordings also included a rather nice little booklet (bound with string): Cordings and Pol Roger Present Your Guide to the Autumn/Winter Season (Tastefully Curated by Aunt Agatha and Uncle Bernard)
The booklet has some lovely illustrations by Oliver Preston.
I do like what Uncle Bernard is wearing on the cover. I think I have something similar to everything but the sweater — excellent, a wardrobe gap. We should have Uncle Bernard as a pin-up.
You can read the booklet, courtesy of Cordings and Pol Roger, here.