Dodger fans: Step up to the plate and tie one on in style
From a style perspective, there's not usually much to be said for sports league logo merchandise -- it seems most folks would be content wearing a burlap bag as long as it had armholes and the team's insignia on it.
So Vineyard Vines' newest Major League Baseball collection caught me by surprise. The Dodgers necktie is a handsome shade of blue with an all-over pattern of the familiar interlocking "L" and "A" logo framed by pairs of crossed baseball bats (they were probably meant to be wood tone but the result is a pleasant gold hue).
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a necktie too -- it's got a red background and rows of a darker red (dare we say maroon?) halo-topped "A." In a departure from some of the earlier styles, both designs are just subtle enough that they don't immediately peg you for the kind of guy likely to doff his shirt and paint his face at the seventh-inning stretch.
The ties are 100% imported silk, handmade in the U.S.A. with a sturdy construction that comes from a double wool-blend liner and cost $75 each. And in case you're embarrassed to be seen carrying your baseball glove to the stadium, Vineyard Vines is also selling heavy-duty canvas totes trimmed in the same fabrics ($95).
If your team loyalty lies elsewhere, there are currently 31 different designs to choose from at the website (Boston's got two: a red "B" and the Sox socks). The company also has an NFL collection -- though if you're a Carolina Panther fan who thinks a bangin' turquoise tie festooned with black panthers is going to garner you the right kind of attention from the adjoining cubicle, you're on your own.
Just one suggestion: Keep that neck knot nice and loose, no one wants the favorite team involved in a choking situation at this point in the season.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos of Vineyard Vines' new Dodgers (top) and Angels MLB-licensed neckties. Courtesy of Vineyard Vines.