Raphael le Masne de Chermont, the Founder of the Mandarin Collar Society shows us How to not wear a tie by way of the Mandarin Collar Society manifesto.
We, the Mandarin Collar Society, believe:
Neckties are often discarded when men reach a certain level of success and achievement.
Neckties are the bearers of bad news:They show and tell the wearer when he has gained weight.
Neckties have no obvious function other than as soup bibs, and something for adversaries to grab in a fight.
Neckties waste time, encourage tardiness, and contribute to trillions of lost work hours.
Neckties are increasingly uncomfortable as the Earth's temperature rises because of global warming.
Neckties are just fancy choke collars to impose conformity, invite enslavement, and remind the wearer that his superiors have him by the neck.
Neckties present health risks, choke off the oxygen supply, contribute to glaucoma, and are immediately removed in medical emergencies.
Neckties require expensive dry cleaning and waste money that could be spent on necessities, such as golf clubs.
Neckties cannot be worn with today's ultimate style statement, the mandarin collar.
The Mandarin Collar Society was inaugurated by Shanghai Tang to promote the mandarin collar around the world. Raphael le Masne de Chermont is the founder of the society and Executive Chairman of Shanghai Tang. There are specific Mandarin Collar Society counters at the flagship Shanghai Tang flagship stores around the world.
Shanghai Tang has flagship boutiques in the shopping capitals of the world. However, its message is unique and remarkable: Shanghai Tang creates luxurious, modern Chinese chic with themes deeply rooted in ancient and authentic Chinese culture, from calligraphy to The Silk Road to Chinese contemporary art. At its inception in 1994, Shanghai Tang´s Hong Kong boutique attracted over one million visitors. By the year 2000, store visits had surpassed four million. An Imperial Tailoring Service staffed by Shanghainese tailors offered a made-to-measure clothing service in the finest tradition of old-fashioned tailoring, with painstaking attention to detail, craftsmanship, luxurious fabrics and fit. Today, Shanghai Tang is the only Chinese luxury brand: the apogee of the Chinese Art of Living and Chinese Creativity. The product offer includes a full range of clothing for men, women and children, plus home furnishings, accessories and gifts. Shanghai Tang´s products are renowned for combining traditional Chinese design and motifs with tongue-in-cheek humor and a contemporary sensibility. The design mission is to revitalize Chinese innovation by interweaving it with the dynamism of the 21st century, producing a vibrant and witty take on the fusion concept. Shanghai Tang´s global network of boutiques includes Shanghai, New York, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Singapore, to name a few, offering discerning shoppers a one-of-a-kind experience of the Shanghai Tang lifestyle.