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Neck Ties: A Brief History

Neck Ties a Brief History

The next fashion book is nearly ready to be launched. ‘Neck Ties: A Brief History,’ is taking the momentum from The Fashion Synopsis Booklet and translating it into a comprehensive experience of illustration, fashion and history.

‘Neck Ties: A Brief History’ is a mini-sized, super-packed, brief history of neck ties with a sharp focus on men’s fashion and illustration. At 2″ x 2.75″ and 16 pages the read is not long and arduous but intense and glorious.

Completely artisan from the original illustrations featured, to the hand-crafted design of each and every book shipped.

Anyone interested in fashion and intrigued by its history will appreciate the care taken in choosing this special and informative book.

Pre-Order $10

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Taking Pre-Orders now! (pre-order now)
Book launch and pre-order ship date: May 1, 2013.

Only 15 pre-order books available at $10, plus a free little gift (shipped by May 1)
After April 30 (or after the first 15) the price increases to $16.

The Give Away

Enter to get one of 10 highly coveted ‘Neck Ties: A Brief History’ books for free!

To be entered into the drawing for your free ‘Neck Ties: A Brief History’ book just

1. share this blog post or one of the images on your favorite social network (twitter, instagram, tumblr, Pinterest, WordPress or Facebook)

2. tag sunflowerman (so I can track who will be entered  into the drawing)

3. and wait for the announcement May 1st.

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The Coolest Cat in Atlanta

Atlanta has been quite the experience for me. This is where I fell in love with men’s fashion and began pursuing men’s fashion’s illustrative avenue. It began with the suggestive word of a friend (Mike McLaughlin- commencefailure) and a gift card from HomeGoods. Street Style had already taken root in popular culture and I was yet unaware of it. Polos that draped my body like a Roman Toga and Khakis that barely stayed resting upon my hips were the height of my fashionable endeavors. With my gift-card and passion in tow I purchased some Khaki Chinos and a casual Calvin Klein, blue-tartan, button up shirt.

I knew it! I knew that this would make me the hippest kid in town. The coolest cat in Atlanta. Catlanta didn’t know what was heading its way… or not. This first attempt at fashion glory was pale in the light of folks found across the entire internet spectrum, foolish perhaps. Lucky for me my laptop had been stolen my first night in Atlanta and I hadn’t yet gathered the funds to enter the world of the informed- whether that be about fashion or about the world as a whole. Nevermind my failures in the beginning, the first step was still glorious even if it was only for me.

It would still be another two years before that me became this me. Before the chino wearing, bright-eyed passion began thinking of illustrating fashion. Before the act of illustrating was truly a pursuit. That first step was brilliant and beautiful.

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painted on the back of an index card

To purchase this 3×5″ index card watercolor illustration click here.

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The Numbers are in…

I first want to thank all who participated in the promotion this past week. The ballots have been cast and the numbers are in… and the recipients of a Sunflowerman Fashion Synopsis Booklet are the following lovely people (please take the time to view what they do).

Jose Lopez-Perez twitter
Amonfocus Tumblr
Pinolomannaro twitter
IAMAMIR1 twitter
Ghoti Instagram
Leslie Yvonne -Facebook
ib247_tbre Instagram
mpinkleton twitter
Heather Holyan Pinterest
Christaltoso Instagram

The response impressed me so that I got off my bum and produced a few more to send off to some lucky folks

Charleyrt –twitter, Instagram
marinheii –twitter, Instagram

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If you’d like to make your own then you can simply download the pdf  Sunflowerman_Booklet

And if you wanted a booklet and didn’t get the luck of it you can purchase one for $5 at the Sunflowerman Shop on Etsy.

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The Modern Suit is Over 150 Years Old

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As a result of being a men’s fashion illustrator I find myself delving into the history of men’s fashion. I like to know where history can be painted in to each illustration.

Recently I discovered a tidbit of knowledge which was quite interesting. Suits are over 150 years old!

men's fashion illustration-sunflowermanThe styling has been variable over the past century and half or so. When Beau Brummel (the man often credited with inventing the modern suit) decided to wear the first hipster pants in the 1800’s he was just trying to be different and unique. Who knew that he would start a revolution?

It did help that in the 1600’s King Charles the II made a royal change to the dress code of the court. They were to no longer wear the opulent French uniform, but switch to English cuts and fabrics. Politics and environment heavily influenced the change which prepared the way for Brummel.

150 years is still very young in comparison to so many articles of history but the influence it has taken hold of over the world is massive. Nearly every developed nation is marked with the inclusion of the suit in politics and business.

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I often wonder at the oddity of lapels and collars, the need to secure a noose around the neck of the shirt and the overall lack of color in men’s clothing. Where does the desire for retaining vestigial patterns in clothing come from? The most odd thing about it is that I love it! I truly do love it. I love beautifully cut jackets with a perfectly complimenting shirt. I love ties in all of their absurdity and the craft of a well made pair of shoes.

The joy is confusing. All of the descriptions are particularly arbitrary; ‘beautifully cut,’ ‘perfectly complimenting,’ and ‘well made.’ It must partially be contributed to the suits’ symbol of power, but I like to think that it also says something about our past. In the same way an aged wine is born with decades of knowledge and passion I see the modern suit as a sip of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

So I continue to illustrate. I continue to paint and create and iterate in the fashion of the bespoke tailors in Savile Row. I see and feel the beauty of men’s clothing and fashion and I am excited to participate with everyone in wearing and exhibiting men’s fashion.

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Harris Tweed

A friend of mine is intensely interested in Harris Tweed. He has visited the islands where it is made, talked with the mill owners and sees an opportunity to invest in a Harris Tweed rebirth.

His interest has peeked my own and has caused a heavy influence of Tweed in many of my illustrations.

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A big question though, is Harris Tweed viable in the 21st Century?

All of the tweed is made on a specific set of islands in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. All of the tweed is home spun and can be made no other way. Parliament even enacted legislation to protect Harris Tweed from being produced anywhere else with any other standards than how it is produced in the Outer Hebrides. A special Orb is attached to all approved Harris Tweed to guarantee authenticity. The islands’ economies are almost exclusively based on the production and sale of this special wool.

With most fashion labels producing ready made clothing in large factories at ever cheaper prices the cost of doing business in the Outer Hebrides is high. Businesses are purchasing less of the heavy weight wool and expensive artisan craftsmanship to produce their items at the lowest and cheapest costs.

Is anyone interested in wool fabrics for leisure in the spring and summer?

Is there a demand for high quality and intricate craftsmanship?

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