I just posted this on AAAC and though the people at Style Forum would be interested as well. Have you wondered what the weave of a grenadine tie looks like up close? I thought it would be cool to examine different weaves through a microscope to see my favourite cloths up close. Grenadine weaves are for more complex than anything else we might wear. As many of you know there are two types of grenadine ties, the garza grossa and garza fine as I learned from David Hober. Hober uses the garza grossa for his grenadine ties. I couldn't take pictures of the weaves but I've translated them into two illustrations. The complexity of the weave may explain why grenadine ties are so expensive. Garza Grossa The example above is from Sam Hober. The weave is illustrated below: Other brands that sell this tie include, but are not limited to, Brioni, Charles Tyrwhitt, Domenico Spano, Drakes, Harvie & Hudson, Jay Kos, Kent Wang, Lawrence of Warwick, Marinella, Mountain & Sackett, New & Lingwood, and Turnbull & Asser. Brooks Brothers, T. M. Lewin, Sulka, Ben Silver, Paul Stuart, and Robert Talbott all used to sell garza grossa grenadine ties, and the last three currently sell a type of mock grenadine instead. Garza Fina The example above is from Paul Stuart (no longer offered). The weave is illustrated below: Brands that sell this tie include Brioni, J. Press, Maus & Hoffman, Oxxford, Udeshi, Valentino, and Winston Tailors. Charles Tyrwhitt, Drakes, Polo Ralph Lauren and Ralph Lauren Black Label used to but no longer offer this garza fina. After seeing these complex weaves up close there should be no mistaking them for knit ties.
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12/16/10 at 7:06pm