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Monday, November 9, 2009

A Little Bit of Scotland Plus a Lot of French Flair

The French house of Hermès is famous for its printed silk scarves and ties, but the company's menswear designer, Véronique Nichanian, also creates unusual accessories such as ties made of leather, cotton-and-silk or marvelously-textured wool tweed. FA2L loves this go-to-hell version of a Scottish plaid, complete with fringed edges and bright colors. It's the perfect bit of dash for any stylish man: traditional enough, but not so much that he'll want to play the bagpipes; and very, very chic. It's hanging in Hermès stores now (at a reasonable price, considering the tags on adjacent items) so snap one up while you can. And remember how nice those orange boxes look next to birthday cakes, peeking out of Christmas stockings or piled up under the tree.