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Sometimes I Wear a Tie

May 29th, 2008 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

How To Tie a tie with the ‘Plattsburgh’ knot

Seems like “Business-casual” is here-to-stay. For most of my life, putting on a tie only happened as part of donning a “uniform”. Early on, this meant special occasions when I would have to wear a suit – graduations, weddings, funerals, etc. (I have to shamefully admit, after “Saturday Night Fever” came out, there was a thankfully brief moment when ties weren’t required). Later, the “uniforms” were mostly work-related.

Now it is sort of back to the special occasion status, the Adirondack lifestyle (North Country) is decidedly casual. Ran across this video and now maybe I’ve found a reason to reexamine my tie collection.


The “Plattsburgh” knot is named after the small town in up-state New York where Thomas Fink, inventor of the knot and co-author of the book “The 85 ways to tie a tie“, is born. In contrast to its narrow close relative the “St. Andrew”, the “Plattsburgh” produces a symmetric knot characterized by a broad cone with a narrow opening.

I guess you could say that this is a classic example of North Country brain-drain. Interestingly, Fink is a theoretical physicist and also author of the mini-classic, “The Man’s Book“. Cool.


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