A large part of what Chris and I love so much about what we do is the creativity that goes into it. Hands down the most creative we can get is when we design a brand new fabric pattern. It started with our Premier collection, grew with our Vitruvian collection, and now we design unique patterns for weddings and custom orders and feature some amazingly creative patterns in our Denver Artist Series.
Thumbing through all of our new, out-of-the-box patterns, it's hard not to look back at the first custom tie we ever made: a one-of-a-kind burled walnut necktie with matching pocket square.
The order came from Chris' cousin who wanted a tie designed in a wood pattern for her husband who worked in the lumber industry. His favorite type of wood was burled walnut: an exotically styled wood strutting unique twists and swirls, with colors ranging from bright orange to deep brown. With this in mind, Chris and I set off to find a good example of burled walnut to make into a tie.
We looked through lumber yards, furniture stores, online catalogues, anything you could imagine, but we couldn't find something that fit what we needed. We wanted the uniqueness of the wood to be on full display, but didn't want the tie to be too over the top. The best thing we could find was a tiny sample of burled walnut, no more than 2x2". As you can imagine, this is no where near large enough to cover the length of a tie, so we got to work on a solution.
We took the initial thumbnail and mirrored it over and over again, hundreds of times, until it hit the size we need for a full yard of fabric. This pattern in particular was printed on a beautiful silk crepe de chine which gave the tie and pocket square a beautiful luster while maintaining the deep colors of the burled walnut wood.
It's safe to say that the pattern turned out better than we could have imagined and looked beautiful when knotted up. There are a lot of custom projects that we've done, but for some reason, this seems like the one that really opened our eyes to how much we were capable of.
Do you have a custom project in mind for yourself, your family, or your company? Fill out our custom order form and we'll help make it a reality! Take a look at some of the other custom projects we've done in our portfolio.