Andrew Payne of General Knot & Co, talks tie making and why General Knot is made in the United States. Andrew discusses his love for fabrics (a love we share incidentally!) and his passion that led him to start the company and make the very unique ties they produce.
The story behind General Knot & Co. is the one about two guys of like-mind who happened to meet while waiting for a train to New York City. One of us was a design director in the Fashion District and the other a technology engineer in the Flatiron District. Even with totally different career paths, our conversation quickly revealed a shared adoration for great colors and patterns, all things vintage, and an unyielding desire to create enduring products. The foundation of General Knot and Co. was set.
With the world’s finest craftsmen right here in the U.S.A., there was never a question of where General Knot & Co.’s products would be manufactured. Our ties are proudly handmade by men and women in the country’s most sought-after tailoring shops. We thank our lucky stars everyday to be working with these artists.
Here we present a short study into James Bond’s personal style, meeting award winning costume designer, Lindy Hemming; and a handful of bespoke tailors who have been instrumental in shaping and crafting this icon of style over 50 years.
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world’s most influential and iconic movie brand: barbican.org.uk/bond/
We were asked to create a film about bespoke tailoring for the Handmade issue of Wallpaper*. They hooked us up with the famous italian tailors of Brioni. We came up with the idea that a hand would be the ultimate customer to prove the skills and craftmanship of a brand as Brioni.
Commissioned by Wallpaper*
Directors: Lernert & Sander
Produced at White Lodge
Executive Producer: Stephen Whelan
D.O.P.: Ram van Meel
Handmodels: Ashley Khoo, Jacques Drent
Styling: Ferry van der Nat
Carpenter set: Egbert Steenwinkel
Editor: Derek van Egmond
Assistant L&S: David in den Bosch
Post production & sound: The Ambassadors
All pieces by Brioni Master Tailors
Fashion Director: Sébastien Clivaz, Wallpaper*
Manolo Costa is the founder of a gentlemen's custom clothier with a completely new perspective on bespoke tailoring, and after many years in the industry he has finally set out to express his own vision. The experience is exclusively yours, enjoy!