Steve and I went to London recently to look for a cravat for him to wear at our May Celebration. I’m wearing a deep pink dress and he was looking for something green to wear with his grey suit. We have chosen green and pink because those were the colours of our handfasting ribbons at our Soul Wedding in 2010.
Surprisingly, quite a few young sales assistants do not even know what a cravat is! We were directed to neckties or pocket squares. A couple of shops near Jermyn Street had cravats and waistcoats, but we didn’t find anything suitable that was ready made. One possibility was Andy & Tuly. They had a selection of silk dupioni and made cravats to order. We took some tiny samples of green to put next to my dress.
Finally, we went to The Silk Society in Berwick Street. There, we found some beautiful embroidered green silk.
We were given some samples and they wrote a reference in a notebook, so that they will know exactly what we require should we decide to order some fabric. The darkest thread matches my dress perfectly.
I thought I might make Steve’s cravat, but I chickened out in the end. The fabric we chose is quite expensive (£95/metre) and I’d rather experiment for a less important occasion. I got in touch with a very helpful woman at The Cravat Company in Leicester. She measured their pattern and we figured out that they will only need about 30 cm of fabric. One side will be embroidered and the other side will be plain. I made the purchase from the Silk Society, sent it up to Leicester and we should receive a beautiful, bespoke cravat any day now.
A couple of weeks ago, we found ourselves in the haberdashery department at House of Fraser in Birmingham and picked out some ribbons for the handfasting that we are having as part of our May Renewal of Vows. They are slightly wider than our previous ones and the colours are deeper. Wider and deeper, just as our marriage has deepened and widened.
It is going to be a very beautiful day!