― My partner’s off on a lengthy business trip to France in the very near future. Since he relies on me to buy his ties I thought I would do something slightly different. This time his neckwear will allow him to make a discreet political statement, rich in colour and a flash of panache. I bought two, one a fleur de lis design, gorgeous in gold and black, the other the royal standard of the kingdom of France, also rich in fleur de lis imagery. He will go to Paris, bringing a personal Bourbon [...].