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Samuel Gassmann X Maison Boivin - September 2016

Samuel Gassmann continues to explore the world of men's accessories, by taking an interest, after the cufflink, in that other identified object, the tie. A bag of bows? Not for him.

Although it appears everywhere in patterns, in a range of colours, in different materials, short, long, with diamond or square ends, worthy of a Barbapapa shape, Samuel Gassmann has decided to reduce it to its simplest form: a piece of folded silk, in midnight blue to be precise. The weaving techniques that allow the weft, volume and effect of the fabric to vary provide his collection with 5 models. One for each of the original categories of men's clothing (day, evening, negligee, formal, sport) which also distinguish the SG creations. On the reverse side of the ties, a small motif hand-painted on silk reminds us that we belong to a category. The addition of initials offers another possibility of personalisation.

Only one colour, only one thread, and yet rarely has there been a more generous object. Because for each tie 1.40m of silk and 9 folds are at work. Today, only the extremely rare Italian tie with 7 folds is a must, an exception. Samuel Gassmann goes two notches further and even pushes the style further: the closing point, which sometimes offers a view of the lapel and the lining, is lowered so as not to look under the skirt of the thread... Luxury is a matter of detail and discretion.

A banal and interchangeable accessory that becomes a precious piece, handmade in France at Maison Boivin: the tie according to Samuel Gassmann is another story.