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Style Tip Tuesday #54 - The Manly Silk - Dupioni

Dupioni Silk the Manly Silk is a plain weave crip type of silk produced by using fine thread in the warp and uneven thread reeled from two or more cocoons in the weft. This gives an irregular pattern with slight imperfections.

After all rugged gentleman are just that perfectly imperfect full of interest and layers nicks in silk like scars from a fight. Rarely used because no two ties will look the same but at Hugh Simms that's exactly our game. Time to man up gents chics dig scars.

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HOW TO BREAK IN YOUR CORN COB PIPE

The 3-Step Corn Cob Break-In Process

  1. Take the first few bowls just further than bad.When you get to the bottom of the bowl it will start to taste bad. This is because the wood from the shank inside the cob will start to burn. Take a few extra puffs at this point to help char the wood.
  2. Let the tobacco smolder until it’s burnt out.Don’t clean your cob immediately. Sit it down to burn out. After the first couple of bowls you can use the reamer on your pipe tool to start knocking off that charred wood. Around half dozen bowls should do it, for a good break in.
  3. Leave the natural pipe mud alone. This process will cause a natural buildup of ash and moisture at the base of your pipe bowl. Leave it alone! This will create a natural fill at the base of the bowl so you don’t burn out your cob.

Our pipes are a joint venture with Missourri Meerschaum to create truly unique pipes. These helpful tips they have shared with us are the perfect guide to breaking in your cob pipe. 

corn cob pipe

 

 

 

STYLE TIP TUESDAY: Diamond Point Bow Tie

BOW TIE SHAPE - Diamond Point

FAMOUS OWNERS -  Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Crag as James Bond

THE LOOK - The shape is very close to the traditional butterfly that we all know it's not a massive shape diffrence like the Jumbo Butterfly. It is never in or out of style and that's why I love it. It's these slight details that make a man the asymmetric shape says i'm a modern man not a trendy one not fashion forward i just have impecibale taste. The Astron Martin of bow tie shapes. 

WHY DO I NEED ONE? - It's the same size as a traditional bow tie so it's not a big jump in what you are doing now with the traditional butterfly shape. It's just an ever so slight modern tweak. Similar to our gun metal tie clip hiding in the shadows. The diamond point actually looks very interesting as well when the night winds down and you untie the bow tie one of my favorite looks by the way.

diamond point bow tie shape

 

 

Bow Tie Styles and Types

 

 

There are a total of 6 main bow tie styles to choose from each one with a unique look. The butterfly bow tie is the most popular and the one we use the most because of its versatility. Another favorite of ours is the diamond point bow tie that is a great way to add some edge to the tradition. How about bringing back the outlaw style with ribbon tie if your up to it. 

COME JOIN US

We have been selected among the top Made in USA brands to participate in the Holiday Show in Los Angeles, CA at the Fashion Mart Penthouse floor. Please join us and check out the new collection in person! 

 

ABOUT UNIQUE MARKETS
Skip the mall – come shop at Unique LA instead! We started our large-scale, modern popup markets back in 2008 to create something big, something fun and exciting that would inspire and bring change. 

Discover great independent designers and artists, support your local economy, and take part in community. We make it easy to shop small and have a blast while supporting the city you love! Meet our curated group of 125 independent designers and artists, selling everything from jewelry to home decor and furniture, stationery to men's leather goods!

$15 online or at the door (Kids 12 and under are free)

Admission includes these great Amenities & Perks:

  • Unlimited re-entry all weekend (both Saturday and Sunday)
  • Free drinks and snacks!
  • Free DIY projects all weekend long
  • Free photo booth portraits with Oh Snap Studios
  • Kick up your feet in one of our lounges
  • Enjoy our Kids Play Area

Where: The 10th Floor at California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St.
Hours: 11am-6pm (both Saturday & Sunday)
Parking: There is secure, underground parking at the California Market Center for a $6 flat-rate. There are also numerous outdoor parking lots surrounding the building. We encourage shoppers to carpool, take public transit or Uber.

Custom Belt Line

Now Available here! - http://hughsimms.com/products/bespoke-belt-1

Okay so here it is I started this company originally named Hugh London when I was at Cornell University prior to Fashion School at FIDM. In my business plan the one main principal still holds true today. Clothing = Art. My goal was to create one of a kind pieces like a fine painting, but instead of collection dust hanging on a wall it could be worn everyday. This new belt line goes full circle to this.

- Every belt handmade by designer Hugh Simms, signed, numbered one of one, and named.
- Hugh uses various disciplines including: leathersmith, blacksmith, pyrography, fashion design.
- Highest quality leather - Top Grain
- All-American - American Cattle/Bison, Tanned in USA, Handmade in Los Angeles.
- Antiques Used in Belt - Using antiques is another way of adding an heirloom feel.
- Antique Tools used all with a unique story and put back to work in our shop.

 

 

Come see us at UNIQUELA



August 8+9, The 7th Annual LA Summer Market!
Cost: $10 at the door (cash only) with Kids 12 and under are free. Skip the long lines at the show and buy pre-sale tickets online! (You'll pick up your tickets on the main level then head straight to shopping on the 13th floor!)

Admission includes these Amenities & Perks:

  • Unlimited re-entry for both days
  • Free drinks from GT's Kombucha, Boxed Water, Ventura Spirits, The Naked Grape and more!
  • Free snacks from Luna and Clif Bar!
  • Free DIY craft projects all weekend long
  • Free photo booth portraits with Oh! Snap Studios
  • Kick up your feet in one of our multiple Lounges
  • Baby Changing Station and private lounge

Where: The Penthouse at California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St.
Hours: 11am-6pm (both Saturday & Sunday)
Parking: There is secure, underground parking at the California Market Center for a $6 flat-rate during Unique USA. There are also numerous outdoor parking lots surrounding the building.

Style Tip: Perfect Skinny Knot
HISTORY OF THE FOUR-IN-HAND KNOT:
Some say that carriage riders tied their reins with a four-in-hand knot while others say that members of the Four-in-Hand Club in London began to wear the neckwear making it fashionable. I believe both were invovled in this conception.

WHY IS IT PERFECT FOR SKINNY TIES:
It's a simple knot requires less fabric then larger knots like a full-windsor making it less bulky and proportionate to it's 2.5" width. There are 85 various knots I've tied and worn them all and yes there are some cool options but this is always my go to. Good news it's also the easiest to tie

HUGH'S NOTES:
Don't pull the knot too tight this is a common flaw I see all the time.  When you have a fine piece of neckwear you don't want the fabric constricted you want it to be nice and snug so the knot isn't pulling the fabric. The middle dimple is not for skinny ties leave that for the wide ties the reason for the dimple is to minimize the large fabric of the wide tie. 
Our Modern Ribbon Tie

Jesse James in 1865  /  Hugh Simms Brand 2015  

Why a ribbon tie? I'm always looking to create fashion far beyond the trends while remaining in the scope of the rugged sophistication of the brand. For some reason men's ribbon ties never cycle in and that's odd because outlaws like Jesse James and Billy the Kid looked bold and on point in theres.

Why haven't fashionistas been wearing? The only ones available on the market are dirt cheap poorly made fake silk clip ons that look more suitable for a Colonel Sanders Halloween costume.

What is unique about the Hugh Simms Ribbon Ties? Made of muted denim, rough linen real anaconda skin as a knot and our brass skull rivet. We also did an innovative one size fit all pretied knot that makes wearing it a simple clip but the bow appears to be self-tied.

Can I pull it off? If you need this question answered then the answer is simple "no".

"Outlaws never go out of style they just hideout sometimes." - Hugh Simms

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