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Tie construction

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Visited as many stores as I could yesterday to apply the knowledge I gained from this forum. Couldn't find anyone who sell seven-fold ties, so I'm wondering if someone could kindly post some pictures comparing these different tie constructions. This note is from Chuck (sartorialsolutions) posted some weeks ago at Andy's forum. http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/F...p?TOPIC_ID=905 So what should a tie cost? Acetate-backed standard silk tie - never more than $25 Self-tipped - $30 Self-tipped, hand finished, heavy silk - $50 Seven fold - current fashion in the folding style we have now - $100 MAX. Seven-fold, entirely handfolded, handsewn, handrolled edges, most expensive silk and construction possible? $125.
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I still prefer to buy ties at the end of the season when they are marked down. There are now many manufacturers which make(or have made) 7-fold ties: Talbott, Kiton, Borrelli, Isaia, Bulgari, and probably many more. Part of the 7-fold frenzy is probably due to articles such as Cigar Aficionado's article(s) on the 7-fold tie. The tie was originally constructed with 7 folds at the place of its creation, Washington Tremlett(now part of Kilgour French Stanbury). I really like Talbott's 7-fold, but think that 7-fold is becoming more and more of a selling point and a(not always true) claim to quality. Talbott 7-folds are made in the USA, where the silks are imported and dutied, and then assembled in a place where skilled labor is more expensive. That doesn't really justify the high price, but Kiton, Borrelli and the others are not significantly cheaper, and are made in Italy where the manufacturers do not have to pay duties on the silks that are domestic for them and where the skilled labor is cheaper - Italy is a land of tailors.
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