It infuriates me that Drakes - who I consider excellent in every other way - insist on not selling rtw ties wider than 8cm, and many of the best designs only in 7cm. Special orders are fine, but ties are most satisfying as impulse purchases
Agreed! Perhaps things will change to the better now when the Armory takes command of things.
I have not heard a single person say anything good about the 7cm ties
You would wonder why the Drakes / Armoury guys persist with them. It is not even as if the whole slim tie, narrow lapels look is still in fashion.
I may drop them a friendly note.
They're not in fashion, no. However, they are popular with your less interested consumer who wants to be seen as trendy i.e. the masses who are consistently about 3-4 years behind the curve.
What's the consensus on contrast collar shirts and cuffs in CBD environments? I'm sure it varies by city, organization, age and a host of other factors. If I can baseline this from a trad perspective - it will be a start.