13 April 2010

Lee Allison on How to Tie One On:  
The History and Contemporary Significance of the Necktie
Tuesday, April 13, 5:30-8:30pm
19 South Wabash, 2d floor

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion.
$40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches. 
Reservations are required.

Who first started wearing neckties, and why?  How have the shapes, knots, and patterns evolved over the years? Whoever thought casual Friday was a good idea?  What are they made of and how are they made?  Who invented the Windsor knot? Is tying a bowtie really as easy as tying one's shoes?  Who can get away with wearing a cravat or an ascot these days?  Lee Allison may or may not answer any of these questions, but he will be joining the cigar society and presenting his special collection of cigar- and pipe-themed ties.

The Lee Allison Company was officially launched from a Chicago brownstone in the spring of 1995 and is now housed in a 4,500 sq-ft loft in Bucktown.  From the beginning, Lee has designed his own fabrics, and among other things he is well known (in the best circles) for his whimsical and sophisticated designs.  Over time, the Company’s offerings have grown to include bowties, cummerbunds, suspenders, pocket squares, and dress shirts.

Prior to starting his clothing company, Lee was an account executive and copy writer for Leo Burnett.  He holds an MBA from Harvard University and was an undergraduate at Williams College.

Above right, Lee is seen demonstrating a bowtie knot to Mark Warden and Ted Foss. 

Coming up

Tuesday, April 27
Bill Daley, food and wine critic for the Chicago Tribune, will lead a wine and cigar tasting.

Tuesday, May 11
Mark Warden, past president of Daley College, will talk about the history of two-year colleges in America.

Tuesday, May 25
We will meet outdoors at the Ceres Cafe, weather permitting.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at CigarSociety@logicophilosophicus.org.