Originally Posted by portlandnc
I have searched far and wide for a high quality necktie manufacturer in the United States that will work with me on my design ideas and produce smaller lot sizes (100-200 per order) under my own private label. Outside of the many "custom necktie" providers who outsource to China and do mostly corporate logo neckties, can anybody direct me to a manufacturer in the United States?
It sounds like you are looking for a mill, not a tie manufacturer. The manufacturers do not design silks and they typically have a meager stick selection. Not sure what price range you are looking at, but if you want an English mill to make your design, you will have to commit to 50 yds of fabric (can be same design but different colorways) at about 60-70 a yard. Obviously, you can get the same thing done in China for a tenth of the price.
Originally Posted by Pantisocrat
I remember reading about a factory in North Carolina. Not 100% on this.
As with most ties in the world, the raw silk are purchased in Asia, shipped to Italy for the prints, then assembled somewhere cheap, and packaged in the country to be sold to qualify for the "made in X". I don't think even "made in USA" ties have their true origin in the states. The point here is that a US made tie is 1. not likely to mean anything to consumer 2. will likely screw your profit margin. Still, I commend you on your effort.
Can't speak for anyone but myself but my ties are entirely made here, in a union shop where the workers are treated probably better than most office workers. If there were any US mills where I could get silk, the raw material would be from here also. On your point 1, it does mean something to a lot of consumers, on point 2, you are 100% correct, expect to pay 2-3x per tie what you would overseas if you make them here.
Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Not sure if this is "shareable" info, but Saks makes a lot of their house brand ties in the USA, as does our own Ed for Panta.
Half a dozen of one, 6 of another.