The number one thing people ask Patrick and his staff Ken Lane Menswear in Maitland is how to tie a Windsor Knot.
There used to be a time when a nice suit and tie was the daily uniform for many men. Even if you didn’t wear a suit and tie to work, you had at least one good suit, and a few tie options, in your wardrobe. And chances are you knew how to tie the gold standard of tie knots.
These days, with the business suit optional rather than mandatory, many men don’t even own a suit, let alone know how to correctly knot a tie. So, when they need a well-tailored, perfectly fitted suit for a special day, such as a wedding, engagement, school formal or funeral, men struggle with their ties.
Patrick is here to help.
All tie knots were not created equal
According to the internet, the Double Windsor Knot, also called the Full Windsor Knot, is the tie knot to rule them all. Named for the undeniably stylish former King of England, the Duke of Windsor (even though he apparently hated the idea), it’s certainly very dashing.
It’s also easy to do.
So much so, they put together this quick How-To video meaning that in less than 90 seconds, you too can tie the perfect Double Windsor Knot.
Okay, so 90 seconds is in an ideal world.
The reality is you might have to watch the video a few times to get the hang of the knot. But once you do get the hang of it, you’ll be glad you took the time. Your tie, along with your perfectly tailored suit, will be en pointe and you’ll be ready to take on the world!
All suits are not created equal
Once we’d wrapped our fingers around our now impeccably knotted tie, it’s time to ask about suits and why would we buy one from a store when we can just get one online?
“Because we care,” Patrick said.
“People come to us when it matters.”
In today’s world, with online shopping literally at everyone’s fingertips, it’s easy to just click a few buttons, hand over your credit card and wait for your suit to arrive.
And while Patrick understands why some people would do this, his family hasn’t been in the business of suits for over 70 years without knowing a thing or two about suits, jackets, shirts and ties. And it’s for this reason his experience and expertise really matters.
“Younger men haven’t really had this (suit buying) experience. So when they get to the marrying age, or they want to buy a nice suit, they’re not sure where to go or what to do,” he said.
The perfect suit for you
We’ve all seen those funny photos and videos of women buying clothes online. They arrive and don’t fit. Sometimes it’s hilarious, sometimes it’s devastating.
Does this happen to men? It sure does.
Patrick shakes his head and sighs as he recounts tales of people coming into his store asking for alterations to suits they’ve purchased online, sight unseen and definitely without being properly fitted.
We’ve already established that many men only buy a suit for a special occasion. So why would you leave it to chance and order online?
“Exactly,” Patrick said.
“We’re invested in what’s going on. We see ourselves as problem solvers. Sure, we’re selling a product, but we’re also helping you get from point A to point B. We want you to feel confident in your new suit.”
What about sizes?
“I don’t think there are many sizes we can’t fit. And with expert tailoring, we can make alterations to your suit,” Patrick added.
“People will often say to us that the experience of buying a suit was easier than expected. They walk out of the store happy with not just their new suit but with the entire experience.”
Don’t leave it to chance
A suit for your wedding or other special occasion shouldn’t be something you leave to chance. You’re not just an average man. You’re not just some bloke. So, why would you settle for just some suit you bought online?
With professional and fully trained staff always available in store, Patrick and his team at Ken Lane Menswear would be delighted to help you find the perfect suit.
The perfect suit for you.
Ken Lane Menswear
Address: 397 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
Phone: (02) 4933 2211