Tie Manifesto Part 2: The Ediety Knot
Let’s just get this out of the way right now. Yes, this is the knot that “The Merovingian” wore in Matrix: Reloaded. From what I understand, the movie is not the origin of the knot, but it certainly popularized it on the internet.
Do I like this knot because it was in the Matrix? Yes and no. I loved those movies, and I loved the clothing in those movies. On the other hand, if I were to dress like the Merovingian every day, I would look… well, like I thought I was in the Matrix ;) But if this knot was never in the Matrix I would still wear it. It is a cool looking knot. With the right tie, it has that subtle “double-take” effect. At first glance a normal tie, at second glance “whoa, what is that?”
As stated in my first post, my premise is that in a traditional look, this tie is a subtle pop rather than a “costume”.
The correct instructions for tying this knot can be found in this handy Youtube video (no, that’s not me): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tVqtnM8izE
I say “correct instructions” because there is another video floating around out there that purports to be an Ediety knot (Merovingian knot, Matrix knot, etc.) It is not. It was a valiant attempt by the author to recreate the knot from the movie. Although similar, what he ended up with was a variant on the Atlantic knot. A nice knot to be sure, but not what we are discussing.
What you will find out by watching the video is that an Ediety knot is an inside-out-and-backwards Windsor knot. Literally tie a Windsor knot with your tie inside-out, take it off over your head and flip it backwards. Adjust and enjoy.
And as promised, here is a second, flashier look with this knot (and looking at the picture, I think I tied it wrong; such is life :).
Real life reactions:
I get a lot of positive comments when wearing this knot.