Luke Howard, Thomas Harte and Thomas Fink
The Hanover knot, photographed by Ben Schott
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In contrast to its narrow next-of-kin the St. Andrew (12), the Plattsburgh
(also known as the Dovorian) produces a symmetric knot characterised by a
broad, inverted cone with a narrow opening. It is the only modestly sized
knot to exhibit the breadth of larger, if more conspicuous, tie knots.
The authors were not the only two to discover the Plattsburgh. Kit
Klinkert, from Heidelberg, Germany, independently conceived the knot in
1997 while learning to tie his tie at the English boarding school Dover
College. It has since attracted a local following.
The St Andrew lies between the half-Windsor (7) and Windsor (31) in size but
is more narrowly shaped than either.
It sits slightly askew in the collar, although it is not as
asymmetrical as the four-in-hand.
When tautly tied, it has considerable depth which allows it to stand up
and drape well.
`It's got a charming dimple and is pleasantly flamboyant---not for an
accountant but good for a merchant banker', observes
Mark Henderson, managing director of the Savile Row tailors
Gieves and Hawkes.
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