Since watching Jessi Arrington’s video, I have decided to see if I can buy only vintage clothes. I have gone on several Goodwill scouring trips so far, and hands down, my best find was this men’s necktie by the famous interior designer David Hicks. In fact, this tie is what launched me on my recent research and story David Hicks: Definitive Online Guide.
“My tie” has a copyright date of 1971. Labels: Brittania and B. Altman. And get this: The fabric — which seems to be a typical David Hicks style design — a tight, bold geometric, no milquetoast here — is “RR.” RR = Retro Renovation, get it? The price for this wonderful piece of wearable history, in perfect shape? The Retro Decorating Gods were smiling upon me: $1.
I did a little online research. Looks like these alphabet ties were a “thing”, but there were other designs, too. Above: David Hicks DD necktie at Ties2Pillows.com, $35. There are two David Hicks neckties on etsy.com right now — a CC ($35) and a sea monster ( just $12), snip at right. Oh, and click here to see a dapper fellow in Atlanta showing off his prized BB.
Meanwhile, Sherry wrote in with at David Hicks TT necktie — It’s for sale at her etsy shop here.
The NYT Magazine (link in my original online guide) said that David Hicks carefully specified all the details of his burial. Included: He was to be buried in a David Hicks tie. Nicely done.
I am starting a slide show of David Hicks neckties — I have a new, lifetime goal to collect A-Z, if they exist. I have a TT coming from Sherry. If you have a tie not shown, I would be ever so grateful. Email your photos to me at: retrorenovation [at] gmail [dot] com.
Click to open the slide show, images will enlarge, use the arrows to move forward or back, you can start or stop at any image: