Designed by Tina Leser for Signet’s February 1952 necktie collection, this vintage silk tie from an important American designer is decorated on the large blade with broken horizontal “stripes” of khaki green and chartreuse on a turquoise ground, as well as with black cross-hatching and “line drawings” of assorted wildlife (including bison, beavers, squirrels, and owls).
Part of her “Animal Kingdom” series that year, the design—titled “Woodland Fantasy”—reflects her training and breadth of knowledge as an artist, and was inspired by cave paintings in southern Spain. The name of the design is incorporated into the print on the reverse of the small blade, and Leser’s “signature” appears on the reverse of the large one.
In the wake of Lucilla de Vescovi (aka Countess Mara’s) runaway success creating pictorial neckties with “snob appeal”, neckwear manufacturers reached out to top fashion designers and artists like Elsa Schiaparelli, Jacques Fath, Tina Leser and Salvador Dali to create exclusive designs for them. Leser began designing neckties in the late 40s and continued into the early 50s, with forays into designing other articles of menswear as well.
Tipped in white silk, the tie has no labels other than the “signature” in the print (Leser’s later ties had her name on a separate label). Measuring 52” long and 4 1/3” across the blade, it is in excellent, even pristine condition.
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