Lady ties are all the rage this season, and what better way to rock this man-inspired fashion statement than with a dainty version that’s covered in cats?
Christine of the Etsy shop Flapper Girl had the idea of creating the neckwear after getting distracted by the topic of 1920s fashion while researching a term paper.
She writes, “I love all the leading flapper ladies of the era, and while looking at old photos of Marlene Dietrich, I thought to myself, ‘Damn! I forgot how sexy and badass Marlene Dietrich looked in her ties!’ I began making continental-style neckties for myself, and soon found friends and strangers alike asking about them. I decided to share my inner Marlene Dietrich with the rest of the world by making Lady Ties for anyone who wants to sport one.”
Out of her desire to support local business and find unusual and vintage fabrics, Christine makes ties from materials she finds at a fabric thrift store called the Knittn’ Kitten in Portland, OR. All of her neckties are limited editions; she usually gets one to eight designs out of each piece of fabric. This means there’s always a fresh supply of new tie designs in stock, and the tie you are buying is only one of a handful made.
Christine suggests her designs can be worn with button-up shirts and collared dresses. She also encourages her customers to create their own styles. Her candy-colored vintage kitten prints livens most any outfit, while her seasonal black-cat design is a purrfect pre-Halloween look.
Visit Flapper Girl to shop the collection that includes lady ties, aprons, and retro paper garlands.