(That is, until you read this!)
Men who wear ties given to them by their children (bless their good intentions!) are doomed to wearing bad ties – ties that are vulgar, distracting, and sartorially, if not socially, offensive. OK, you may be the one, rare exception to that rule. But the rule is that ties which are given as gifts (whether by children or most anyone else) exhibit more whimsy than elegance, more flash than dance.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t want a new tie or two somewhere around the middle of June. Of course you should. That is an excellent time to be adding some new classic or seasonal neckwear to your repertoire of wardrobe accessories. I’m just saying that you should be choosy and particular about what those new ties look like and of what materials and how they are made. On that note, here are three to suggest to anyone who may be inclined to gift you with a tie.
Elegant, dressy and formal, a solid satin tie is for special occasions, especially those that are formal and/or ceremonial in nature. Unless you the leading man in Hollywood (i.e. Cary Grant) or have your own hit television show (i.e. Donald Trump or Regis Philbin), satin solid ties are not for normal daytime wear.
Note: Solid ties that have some texture such as twills, or those made from cotton or wool, are excellent to wear with gingham and other checks, or bolder striped shirts.
Less formal than the satin solid, but comfortable in the vestibule of the formal parlor or ballroom, the classic, woven dot tie shows sophistication with a capital “S.” Navy blue ground with white dots was the signature tie for Winston Churchill. Jay Gatsby would have worn a dot tie with a pin collar, but you can also wear it with any other dressy shirt collar. Classic dot ties and button-down shirt collars don’t belong in the same outfit.
Two Bar Stripe
What then is a perfect tie for a button-down collar? The two bar stripe, that’s what. Usually made from woven twill cloth, this tie needs a shirt collar with ample tie space, which is easily provided by a classic button-down or a moderate spread. The two bar stripe is a versatile choice with your checked shirts as well.
Three different ties for three distinct looks and purposes. Because of the simplicity of color (not more than two) and patterns, all three are the kind of ties that make sense to collect in several colors, forming the foundation of a classic neckwear wardrobe.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!” (thank you Mr. da Vinci)
A Note about Quality:
Our neckwear production facility has heritage dating to the late 1800’s. Throughout these many years our artisans have worked to maintain, teach and evolve the techniques required to produce a world class product. Our classic four-in-hand ties, bows, hand-pleated cummerbunds, seven fold ties, hand rolled pocket hanks and, yes, even the occasional ascot, are sold throughout the world in the finest specialty stores and boutiques as well as by our own professional clothiers.
Our neckwear operations incorporate just the right balance of technology with commitment to excellence of quality, service, and value. In an era where smart phones, computers and tablets are a part of everyday life, our most crucial piece of equipment is a needle and thread.
- Fabrics are cut on the bias to insure proper drape.
- They are then fully folded and pinned by hand around the inner lining for shape.
- Next more than a hundred hand stitches create the life line of the tie.
- The slipstitch holds the shell fabric to the lining but allows the fabric to move and relax; enabling a tie to be knotted, worn all day, and then taken off and return to its original shape.
- Hand sewn bar-tacks secure each end to prevent the slipstitch from opening.
- Hand sewn labels and self loops add to the ambience of a hand-made tie.
- A nearly finished tie is lightly steamed and shaped by hand, to avoid creasing or shining the fabric.
That completes the process of producing a true work of art. Each hand sewn tie has its own personality; no two are exactly the same. The bias cutting, hand sewing and pressing allows each tie to express itself.
A Final thought:
With regard to giving dear old Dad a new tie for Father’s Day this year? By all means, give one of these three classics and you are sure to meet with approval and great appreciation.