On February 14, 1990, famed scientist Carl Sagan gave us an incredible perspective on our home planet that had never been seen before. As NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our solar system in 1989, Sagan, pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system.
The resulting image, from a distance of 3.7 billion miles, with the Earth as a speck less than 0.12 pixels in size, became known as ‘the pale blue dot”.
In honour of Sagan’s famous earth portrait, Canadian menswear designer, Andre Vassi, has created a limited edition “Pale Blue Dot” tie to be unveiled on February 14. The Italian silk, 7-fold tie features an indigo background reminiscent of the night sky, with a smattering of silvery stars and a single pale blue dot. Inside, the words “one planet, one people – piece, love and unity”.
The Vassi message: “Let us all deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot.”
Today at Vassi we release the much anticipated ‘Dump Trump’ ties. Simply put, I am overwhelmed with the attention they have garnered. However, there is a reason etiquette suggests avoiding political talk at the dinner table – passions quickly flare surrounding the subject! So while I am glad that the tie has sparked a conversation, I would like to share my motivation for creating it. Because frankly, this has less to do with politics and more to do with principles.
The ‘Dump Trump’ ties began as a playful rejection of a man who’s bullying tactics seemed unfit for someone seeking the Office of President of the United States. Over the course of the campaign, Trump has made countless statements, that were offensive to various demographics. However, the straw that broke the camel’s back was when he mocked the physical disability of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Serge Kovaleski.
Since releasing the ties, there have been those that have suggested as a Canadian I should mind my own business. It is not our election. However, the President of the United States yields far-reaching powers that affect the lives of people around the globe. It is our obligation as members of the human race to stand up for what we believe in; to shape the society we want to see created.
What makes Canada one of the greatest countries in the world is our harmonious diversity. I know I am only one voice, but I believe my Canadians share this sentiment with me.
The worlds needs more Canada. More inclusion. More unity. More love.
By standing up for the principles we believe in, I hope to help usher in the day where:
…We have more leadings doing what is honorable, instead of what will secure them re-election…
…We recognize we are all connected and strive to break down existing walls instead of building new ones…
…Nations like Canada are the norm – where diversity is celebrated, and people of all backgrounds and religions reside together peacefully.
We are all living under the same blue sky – and for the foreseeable future, this is the only place we have to call home. I know I am a dreamer. I know many of you think I’m naive. But I know with utmost certainty, the only way we will survive on this planet is in the pursuit of unity and love.
Again, this is just a humble whisper from a proud Canadian, who once immigrated and is grateful to have the opportunity to call the great city of Toronto home.
That is the standard opening line that other establishments use to approach a customer – but at VASSI we don’t adhere to the ordinary.
Much like a painting that begs for a subject at inception, we believe that subject is YOU – necessary to transform our canvas into a true work of art.
The world offers us a palate of colours – but the transformation created by the artist, is best expressed, if the desired result is known. Therefore, a shirt and tie combination cannot be recommended without your input in letting us know where you will wear it.
For instance, some shades and fabrics might be suitably complementary for a political function, however, they may be less desirable for the nuances of a romantic evening… that may become more special by the moment.
We would like to extend a personal invitation to our clients to call, email, Skype or simply drop in and spend a moment sharing your thoughts before making that purchase. It’s our special way of making sure that ‘picture you saw’ wasn’t meant for someone else.
Whether you’re planning a grand formal wedding or a beachside barbeque there are certain elements that can make your day memorable as you begin your journey into nuptial bliss.
The day would not be complete without the polished and elegant look of a French cuff shirt. Many a groom sets out to find the perfect set of new cufflinks to add to the charm and grace of the occasion. Andre’s heartfelt opinion on the matter takes this subject and brings sentiment to center stage.
Why not make the day unforgettable with timeless tradition? Instead of buying new cufflinks use your Grandfather’s or those from a dear family member. This will make your special day all the more spectacular. Cufflink timepieces tell their own tale and may, in fact, be the single part of your history that can partake in memorable events from generation to generation.
Our seven fold silk ties have often been commented on as conversation starters. Their uniqueness in design, colour and theme are widely recognized by their vibrancy and one-of-a-kind quality. Each exquisite piece is is designed in house based on inspiration stemming from various sources.
Specifically, Black Swan Tie has received considerable recognition and commentary since its introduction. The basic thought and philosophy is not one that can simply be overlooked by any one of us – specifically, that the “Black Swan” or darkness exists within us all. Moreover, acceptance of our imperfections.