2014-08-13 15:01:28 GMT
This week I had the pleasure of visiting Robert Keyte in his factory in Bodiam, East Sussex.
I am always filled with tremendous excitement when going to visit the factories I deal with, to get a behind the scenes look at how the products are made and the people behind them. Robert Keyte was no different, he has been producing silk for some of the finest brands in the world for decades.
Robert is a very charming and down to Earth chap, he has tremendous insight into the silk printing industry and is a true pleasure to speak with.
One of my favourite parts of the trip was rummaging through the old David Evans archives, some of which can be seen below, they provide the building blocks for all the modern collections we see coming from many famous brands, and the rolls of luxurious silk, of which there was no shortage!
A range of Robert Keyte pocket squares are available online now at www.ExquisiteTrimmings.com - However, there will be a more extensive collaboration including Madder silk ties, bow ties, pocket squares and scarves available on the webstore in the coming months.
From his website:
Robert Keyte’s family has been producing the highest quality men’s neckwear and accessories since 1936.
Our tie portfolio features the Classical English look (also known as ‘Macclesfield Neats’) as well as fully contemporary designs. Yet all our silk ties and handkerchiefs share the same hallmarks of traditional quality and craftsmanship.
Robert Keyte’s mill in Macclesfield is probably the only remaining producer of ‘Real Ancient Madder’ prints, and is one of the few surviving printers capable of the classic dye and discharge method of printing.
Our woven silk ties are Jacquard-woven using exquisite silk thread from China. In the traditional de-gumming of the thread, some weight can be lost and many competitors compensate for this by adding mineral salts. Not so at Robert Keyte, where every product is genuinely 100% pure silk.
Both printed and woven silk fabrics are produced in Macclesfield, with accessories then crafted entirely by hand in the picturesque village of Bodiam in East Sussex, overlooking the famous castle and the Rother Valley steam railway. In addition to a range of exquisite ties, Robert Keyte also offers a selection of elegant silk handkerchiefs again made from Macclesfield silk, with the same obsessive attention to detail.
All Robert Keyte ties and handkerchiefs are guaranteed to have been manufactured using only 100% Pure Silk, printed or woven in the Borough of Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. Look forward to many years of pleasure from proudly wearing any Robert Keyte tie or accessory, reassured by the pedigree, heritage, and craftsmanship which have defined the brand for generations and is respected by those who appreciate genuine excellence.