Guy Garb: Ties Made from Cassette Tapes


Photo: Courtesy of Wedzu

Being that many of the staffers reside in Brooklyn, the sartorial choices of the American generation known as hipsters are no mystery to us. Ironic haircut, large (possibly non-prescription) glasses, vintage-esque T-shirt, detached attitude—you know the type. What a hipster wears to get married in, however, isn't as obvious. We can imagine an earth-tone suit jacket with fitted pants on such a groom, but he still lacks that repurposed, inventive element necessary to true hipster style (Ke$ha's fishing bait feather earring, anyone?). So when we happened upon a line of neckties for $120 on Wedzu, made of cassette tape, we knew this was just the accessory for a cooler-than-cool Brooklyn wedding. The tie fabric, an invention of sound/conceptual artist Alyce Santoro, weaves colored thread with cassette tape recorded on and under New York City's streets. Better still, the tie is audible when you run a tape head over the surface. Maybe you'll even hear the sound of a hipster's wing-tipped shoes nonchalantly hitting the pavement, who knows? —Phillip B. Crook

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