Originally Posted by diorshoe
amerika, what does self tipped mean? i hear that all the time.
It means that the tie fabric is also used for the tie backing fabric... like this lovely Oxxford I got from AlanC and the Kiton and Isaia to its left (as opposed to the Charvet and Tino Cosma on the right, which aren't self-tipped):
Self-tipping is one of the marks of a great necktie! It's usually indicative of a high-quality tie (however there are plenty of high-quality ties that aren't self-tipped, but probably not as many low-quality ties that are self-tipped). Definition from http://www.boardroomties.com/tiema.html
"A self tipped tie is one where the silk fabric utilized on the front is also utilized on the back, and inside, rather than utilizing the typical taffeta or acetate lining much like you would find in the sleeves of a suit." Other signs of a high quality necktie are Three-piece Construction -- the apron (the wide front piece), the neckband (the center piece), and lastly, the backpiece (the narrow end); a Bar Tack (the small thread stitched across the back of ties that joins the main seam of the two folded portions providing reinforcement for ties and maintaining the shape); the Slipstitch (a loose long black thread that sews the shell and blanket of the tie to provide elasticity and recovery of shape); a hand-stitched Loop (to hold the small end of the tie and usually made from the same fabric as the tie in better-quality ties); and last but not least, Self-Tipping (which now needs no explanation).