Saturday 10 August 2013

St George by Matalan

The thing I like about the choice of tie for the Tenth Doctor’s appearance in the 50th Anniversary Special is that it’s a cheap and cheerful cosplay option.

After initial fluctuating stock, it is still possible to pick one up for the original £14 price tag.

Looking into the future, when the tie is finally discontinued, there will no doubt be copies available, which ironically will sell for two or three times the price of what they are replicating.

Well, someone has spotted that you can already get a knock-off version of the tie - for HALF the price - from Matalan!

Skinny Silk Floral Tie - Matalan

The name of the tie is a subtle twisting of the St George name - Skinny Silk Floral Tie as opposed to Brown Jacquard Floral Slim Tie.

Being one of those commercial copies of a rival’s design, it does naturally differ notably in its appearance.

The flowers do, however, have a distinct resemblance to the St George tie. There is no doubt that is what they are aiming for!

Like the original there are dark leaves under the flowers, though not as bronze as the St George.

The flowers are in distinct bands, not unlike the St George tie worn in Utopia!

For £7 you can’t go wrong, and as a curiosity, I can’t resist ordering one.

1 comment:

  1. Other low-cost alternatives, from eBay:

    "TF2005Z1 Brown Floral Jacquard Tie" if you want the chocolate brown and don't mind (or can recolour) ivory flowers, or
    "TF2005B8 Navy Blue Floral Silk Jacquard Tie" if you want blue flowers and don't mind a navy blue background.

    The patterns are remarkably similar to the St George By Duffer anniversary tie, and at barely a fraction of the cost.

    And as a decent knockoff for the never-replicated, hard-to-find Tie Nine, from Kenzo:

    "RNT0239 Black Red Floral Classic Jacquard Silk Tie" has a vine-like pattern with a series of leafy arrangements, in iridescent red on a dark brown glossy background.