Newc, great tie. For some reason it doesn't appeal to me personally, maybe it's the shade of burgundy, but yes, quite trad for a Drakes tie.
Smitty, I can understand the association (you seem to have a very associative memory. I'm thinking of the Chinese made clothing discussion). For me the association isn't very strong, or if it is, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Also, my hair might be giving off that kind of impression a bit as well.