It is exactly one month today that I shared the Eldredge Knot Tutorial. When I first came across this really cool technique of tying the tie, I was intrigued with finding out who the creator was. During my research, I was led through several blogs and sites until I finally discovered the founder, Jeffrey Eldredge. I contacted him and asked if he would do an interview and answer a few questions. He agreed so here it is…
Q) What city/state do you reside in? JEFFREY: I live in Salt Lake City, UT.
Q) What is your age/hobbies/occupation? JEFFREY: I am 27, I drag race during the season (Probably the only guy out there you’ll see with a tie on) and I am a Systems Administrator.
Q) What inspired you to try tying a tie differently? JEFFREY: I used to work as a technical instructor in a tie-mandatory workplace. Tying a four-in-hand every day got old. So I looked up how to tie other knots when I happened to come across this video tutorial the “Ediety knot” which introduced me to the concept of tying a knot using the tail end of the tie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA-n2xkYX6s
Being that my high school fashion sense involved a full length black trench coat with a tie a la The Matrix, the video immediately caught my fancy.
Q) How did you come up with the Eldredge knot? JEFFREY: As much as I liked the inverted knots, none had the neatness, nor the eye-catching looks that my OCD and attention-seeking personality demanded.
Unfortunately, I really didn’t do anything special to actually develop the knot say play around with the tie until I found something I liked. Though I did improve on it over time.
Q) Are you in the fashion industry? JEFFREY: No. Too many people trying too hard to be different or too traditional. Definitely not the sort I get along with.
Q) The Eldredge Knot is all over the internet, how do you feel about being a big influence on men’s fashion? JEFFREY: I’m very flattered. Though I have to be flattered by myself. The Eldredge Knot is the most popular thing I’ve done that nobody knows I did. At least on a biweekly basis I have the following conversation:
“Hey have you seen this knot on the internet called the ‘Eldredge’ like your last name?”
“Uh…Yeah. I invented it.”
“No you didn’t!”
Q) I am now introducing it into the wedding community, how do you feel about that? JEFFREY: Fabulous. I think a wedding is exactly the place for such a knot. Wearing the Eldredge Knot at your day job on a Wednesday is a bit much even for me. I only wear the knot maybe once a month (if that) myself.
Thank you Jeffrey for your time and honest answers. Even if people don’t believe that you invented the Eldredge Knot, I do. When I was led to his Youtube Channel, I witnessed the developing stages of his Eldredge Knot. Very cool!
Well, in exactly 1 month, my Eldredge Knot tutorial hit 14,247 views as of today. Thanks Jeffrey for your creativity and for giving me the opportunity to share something cool:)
Everyone, thanks for visiting!
You can view Jeffrey’s Youtube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cwtrain
Because I didn’t see Eldredge on the Youtube Channel and was curious about the Channel name, “cwtrain”…I just had to ask:)
…what does the cwtrain stand for on your youtube? JEFFREY: Clear Wire Training. Picked it out long ago as a dummy account for an old job…never really stopped using it.
Feel free to view our Eldredge Knot Tutorial. Enjoy!