Originally Posted by edmorel
Ties are OK, nothing special. At full retail, I'd say that they are even overpriced. Drakes makes Marinella's RTW ties. Drakes' namesake ties are made at least as well as the Marinella's and they make a better knot than the Marinella's and they are cheaper. Marinella's are nice ties but they are sub $100 ties in my book.
Yeah, I've heard that--from RJman, I think. Has anyone confirmed that fact? And if true, does Drake do all the printing too, or just the weaving? And can anyone confirm that the ties that Drake makes for Marinella (if this is, in fact, still the case) are identical in quality of silk and manufacture to those they brand under their own name? As an analogy, the fact that C&J makes shoes to be branded by, among others, Brooks and Ralph Lauren, along with Cleverley, doesn't mean that all of these shoes are of the same quality (they aren't), nor of the same quality as those they brand themselves. Although I could well be wrong about this, I somehow doubt that just any Drake tie is the quality equivalent of a tie branded by Marinella. I'm basing this conjecture on the price differences and immensely-positive reputation that Marinella ties enjoy on the various forums. Can anyone add to this Drake-Marinella connection?Edit:
Sorry, Manton. I posted before realizing that you had. I'm raising the same question.