Robert Talbott

Oscar Wilde once noted that “a well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

It’s an apt observation. For many of us, the wearing of a tie on a regular basis marks the transition into adulthood.

But a tie need not be an emblem of dour responsibility. For many men, a tie adds a bit of color and, among the best dressed, a touch of restrained whimsy.

Although Robert Talbott makes a range of men’s and women’s clothing, much of it in Monterrey, California, it’s probably best known for its ties. In fact, the company was among the first neckwear makers to reintroduce the seven-fold tie.

Robert Talbott’s offerings hew toward the vibrant end of the tie spectrum, with bright colors and distinctive (some would say over the top) patterns. True, they tend to be a bit more “out there” than some of the more restrained offerings from other makers, although several of  the company’s ties would do perfectly well in conservative business settings.

My lone Robert Talbott tie was a gift. It’s a fauvist  panoply of silk, a bit divergent from my usual neckwear. But it works well contrasted against a muted palette of light summer colors.

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A younger Frannie and I getting ready for a trip to Chicago

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