by Brian Lipton

Thomas Mason AccessoriesThomas Mason Accessories The best of English history, Italian fabrics and modern style come together to add flair to the 21st-century man’s wardrobe thanks to Thomas Mason Accessories. This two-year-old division of the Albini Group may be named after the 18th century shirting company, but it produces gorgeous ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and scarves for the 21st-century consumer, all of which are handmade in Italy using the finest silks, linen, cotton and cashmere. (Prices begin at $85 retail). “This collection is for the modern gentleman who appreciates the most precious raw materials,” says Tim Neckbroeck of the Albini Group.

Among the line’s many standouts are a capsule collection of ties featuring tartans, herringbones and knops, all drawing their inspiration from the world of jackets; yarn-dyed knitted denim ties; and bow ties in sophisticated colors with a delave effect, evoking the mood and spirit of the 1970s.

“Our idea is to offer accessories that could match a perfect, classic suit, but that could also look great with a more casual deconstructed jacket,” says Neckbroeck. “In fact, we want to transform the obligation of wearing a tie into an irresistible pleasure.”

So far, Neckbroeck’s strategy appears to be working. Barneys, the first U.S. retailer to pick up the line, has ordered additional product for spring/summer. “We keep evaluating the premium/luxury department store market to find the best environment for our products,” he notes. “We believe we are following a good path at the moment and we are sure to keep evolving.