Cut Ties: Join The Mandarin Collar Society
Apr 10, 2007
The CEO of Hong Kong clothing retailer Shanghai Tang, Raphael le Masne de Chermont, is launching the “Mandarin Collar Society“.
In addition to the Society’s presumed dedication to selling Shanghai Tang clothes, they also advocate a fight against wearing ties.
As a longtime mandarin collar wearer (not Shanghai Tang), this is something I fully agree with.
I have worn a mandarin collar in many situations where a normal tie (or even black tie) is required. The best: Walking up the red carpet at the Cannes film festival where angry bouncers normally stop any man wearing less than a dinner jacket or any woman in more than decollete dress.
Membership to the club opened in London, New York and soon Hong Kong, it remains to be seen if they will have a branch here in Paris.
The London Times already reports a backlash against the movement in Britain.
The Mandarin Collar Society credo:
- Neckties are often discarded when men reach a certain level of success and achievement.
- Neckties are the bearers of bad news: They show and tell the wearer when he has gained weight.
- Neckties have no obvious function other than as soup bibs, and something for adversaries to grab in a fight.
- Neckties waste time, encourage tardiness, and contribute to trillions of lost work hours.
- Neckties are increasingly uncomfortable as the Earth’s temperature rises because of global warming.
- Neckties are just fancy choke collars to impose conformity, invite enslavement, and remind the wearer that his superiors have him by the neck.
- Neckties present health risks, choke off the oxygen supply, contribute to glaucoma, and are immediately removed in medical emergencies.
- Neckties require expensive dry cleaning and waste money that could be spent on necessities, such as golf clubs.
- Neckties cannot be worn with today’s ultimate style statement, the mandarin collar.