Every January comes a problem. My wife and I are invited to a stupendously generous party given by an ultra-high-net-worth friend, on a scale we can’t possibly repay. What present can we bring for this man whose every need has already been met? We’ve now found a solution – and it’s a tie. A tie? Hardly original, you might say. But this tie has been specially screen-printed with the supporter of his coat of arms, and if he isn’t outwardly amused and inwardly chuffed I’ll eat any part of my wardrobe that you care to mention. Because the result is not only bespoke, but exceptionally beautiful. For once, we’ll approach the gilded banquet with buoyant step and a rather smug smile.
The origin of the tie is Emblem by Rose, a company recently launched by Rose Green. Its origins are an experience similar to mine. “A few years ago, I’d no idea what to give my father for Christmas and hand-printed our family crest onto a tie. I then got married and we gave ties to each of our ushers; the ties looked the same from a distance but each had his own crest on it.”
On the back, ties can be printed with a handwritten commemorative inscription (second picture) – the occasion on which it was given, the name of a club, a date. While the tie I ordered is unique, larger runs can be made for leavers’ associations, golf parties, yachting crews, dining clubs – any group that wants to acknowledge its shared identity in a subtle and discreet way.
The fabric of the ties is heavy silk. Rose draws and paints the motif, before scanning it so it can be digitally screen-printed. They’re also surprisingly good value. A tie with a bespoke emblem costs £120, with repeats at £80 per piece. Or you could choose a standard motif (first and third picture) and personalise it with words or a date on the back: £80 for the first order, £60 per repeat.