Now, Now… Its not what you think!!!!
Although it does sound like a recipe to get you guys a little hot under the collar huh?!?
Well, with a line up of pin-up perky’s and some desirable dancing dolls that just love to drape themselves around your neck, of course I’m talking about…
Also know as the Swing tie, or Jump necktie.
Now that we’re clear on that, I can’t wait to tell you all about Folly’s findings on the tantalising ties of the late 1940’s-1950’s.
No more bore, now we’re Post-war!
With the wickedness of wartime and an age of austerity almost behind them, both the men and women that had lived through the undesirable utilitarian times were yearning for a post war POP of colour…
Wide, bright and a little bit naughty at first sight…
For men in the United States, the desirability of an exuberant wider shaped, silken, hand painted or printed tie was to be extremely stimulating!
Causing quite the stir, they were the much celebrated and sought after male must-have accessory!
Many examples featuring the pert pin-ups and dainty dancing dolls of every mans deepest desires….
As well as the naughty, there was also the novelty niche, each and every one available in a painters palette of punchy colours!
The necktie became part of a self expressionist trend, so much so that the trend became tied up into a lucrative collectors realm, many enthusiasts collecting hundreds of the acquired taste accessory… buying and selling at specialist clubs.
Brightening up Britain…
With British fashion still a more conservative, classic and overall a more understated style than the US, many Brits were still opting for the narrower, knitted style necktie.
But it wasn’t to be long before some men dared to wear the styles inspired from all the way over in trend setting America.
Gee! Thanks Cecil….
It was to be Cecil Gee who outrageously pushed the boundaries of the british, he was to be the first during 1946 to import the ‘American look’ into his London shop.
“After the blitz, here comes the Ritz”….
A promise Cecil put into action..
Soon tons of ties were available in his store, many featuring flockings of feathers, flamboyant florals and the wildest scenes from the wild, wild west!
Every Saturday saw a queue of men lined up ready and waiting, eager to purchase the quirky and sometimes perky neckties of the new brighter future.
Fetching a pretty penny today, Vintage neckties of flashy and fanciful designs can be found on sites such as Ebay and Etsy…
Heres a few of my favourites to give you a head start.
GO! Tie your cash up into some very necessary vintage!