Holiday Gift Idea #2: Louis Walton Hand Made Ties
I wrote the other day that I’d like to give a few gift-giving suggestions this holiday season, and I thought I’d do my best to focus on gifts that are hand made, rather than mass produced. So it was with Monday’s post about the scarves at Thorn Fiber Arts.
Today, I though I might recommend a different kind of neckwear, the long tie. Though I generally thrift my ties, I recently had the good fortune of receiving a couple of ties from San Francisco tie maker Gregory Walton, of Louis Walton Ties, and they’re quickly becoming some of my favorites. A high quality tie—and especially truly hand sewn ones that never see a sewing machine—can be quite expensive, but when it comes to thoughtful gift giving a splurge can be the first act in getting an item to a friend or loved one that becomes a cherished possession.
The aura that accrues around the knowledge that an item one is wearing was hand made from start to finish by a single person can elevate an item to a place of primacy in one’s wardrobe (I believe we make a fetish of this type of thing these days, and in these parts). An additional layer of sentiment can form around the fact that it was a gift from a special person (in this case, you). To that end, as far as hand made ties go I think Louis Walton makes some of the best I’ve seen. Though they’ll run you anywhere from $125-225, you can rest assured that they’ll likely become the recipient’s favorite tie.
* the tie pictured above is a beautiful unlined six-fold wool glen plaid with hand-rolled edges.
Thanks. It is the best when others appreciate the work.