Friday, January 27, 2012

The "Daleks" have landed

Remember when I lost the most perfect tie over Christmas?

Well a late season Christmas miracle happened and here it is:

So do what ever you fan-people do. Squee, jump, whoop-and-holler, drool (?). But for one of us, amongst all of us it's a win today.

Yes, Steve revealed that this highly sought tie is actually made by KENZO. Well that was way back in 2007? I doubt we're going to find one. This one makes me quite happy. 
As you can see, the colors are correct. Navy and burgundy with raised floral pattern. 
I am wearing it as seen in The Waters of Mars.

The story behind this is:
The eBay seller had lost the tie I originally bought. I was refunded but pretty let down. Well what do you know? Her friend runs a vintage clothing store and sold the same tie. What are the chances?
She contacted me and we set it up, I got the tie today, Express mail. Worth every penny.

She also sent me her hi-res scans of the tie, so for those who (FourKnocks that's you) are waiting for a scan of the Duffer tie, please take a moment to check these out.

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while but I really wanted this tie in hand before I added anything.


UPDATE: Jan 27th 11:00 PM
Out of curiosity I looked up SUPERBA. They are apparently a huge american company that produces ties for other labels. I found some company history here.
But the best part is the history of my tie. You'll never believe it. This tie has travelled through time, from the 1950's.
The 1950s and 1960s were decades of more rapid change in the neckwear industry, bringing with them the most successful promotion in Superba Cravats' history. In 1951, Helmut Hertz introduced the "Dacron" necktie, made from the new synthetic polyester fabric developed by DuPont (E.I. DuPont DeNemours & Co., Inc.). Completely man-made, Dacron was machine washable, extremely durable, resistant to spotting or fading, and required no pressing, making it a very desirable fabric for neckties. Superba Cravats secured a patent, becoming the sole manufacturer of the Dacron necktie in the entire industry. 

UPDATE: I took some more pictures with different shirts. However this is after sundown and the color is weird. I will take more with natural light.

Ok so this one here with approximate lighting is my best guess at Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. The dark burgundy shirt and then the infamous tie.

This is not canon but for a while people thought that dark burgundy shirt was in fact purple.
So here I am with the eggplant colored shirt. Similar, but not the same. The tie still looks pretty good.

I have some other stuff to post, it will be up soon. Not as exciting, but still pretty neat!
See you soon!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tie Nine

I am still in shock from the events that just transpired, which is why I haven't posted in a while.

You should all recognize this tie:
It's Tie Nine from Steve Ricks Tie Index.
This tie which first appeared in Daleks in Manhatten. Well it went on being just impossible to find. As my readers know I am always searching for perfect ties to complete my collection. One tie keeps eluding is constantly.

In mid-December I found an excellent close-enough. I bought it immediately.
But then in about a weeks time I received and alert from eBay.

"Unfortunately the tie you purchased was accidentally donated to a charitable organization I donate ties that are damaged to them for projects they make with handicapped teenagers. My daughter whom works with me on ebay A_, gave them the wrong bag and your tie along with about 10 others was in it. I checked with them yesterday and it was already used. My apologies, I have issues an immediate refund."

And like that the tie was gone.
I wrote back in desperation and asked for some pictures, but of course it was too late. All I have a the pictures from the sale:

The Tie table is "SUPERBA" and was listed as being from the 1950's! how perfect for a time traveller. As you can see it is the correct colors and has a repeating floral pattern. With some luck Risu and Magnoli will be working on make a replica of this tie.

I'm sorry I had to repost this entry, the layout was being funny. I do want to answer Doctor Spriggz comment. In deed the eBay tie lacks the vines that the real tie has, but the actual tie has large flowers on it as well, even though we hardly ever see them
Look closely here: