English actor and author Stephen Fry has written a 320-page book about “man’s greatest clothing companion”, the neck tie. A captivating blend of memoir and history, Fry’s Ties reveals the fascinating, surprising and sometimes moving stories behind one hundred of Stephen’s favourite neck adornments. It is the perfect accoutrement for anyone who loves a tie, has occasion to wear one or simply wants to know what, precisely, all the fuss is about.
Writing on Twitter, the comedy star announced the book project by saying: “I have a curious obsession with ties. So I’ve written a book about them.” Explaining more about the format, the publishers Penguin Michael Joseph say: “Inspired by Stephen’s hugely popular Instagram posts, this book will feature beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations and photographs to celebrate his expansive collection of man’s greatest clothing companion: The Tie, in all its sophisticated glory.”
The idea of the book has indeed rooted to social media. During lockdown Stephen Fry has started a series of posts with #FryTie, sharing from his wide tie collection. Yet each tie tells a story – rich and interesting tales about the social fads, fancies and fluctuations of human history and culture.
From the shifting fortunes of the British high street, from the patriotic outfitters of the First World War to European tastemakers and Hollywood royalties, ties from Lacroix and Liberty, Brooks Brothers, Moss Bros and countless others have all played a part in our social fabric.
Distinctively funny and offering witty asides, facts and personal stories, this book will make the perfect gift for anyone who has ever worn a tie.
Fry’s Ties will be published on 11th November 2021.