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post #31 of 70
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Originally Posted by Achillus View Post

The best place to get ties is Ebay. You will find bargains with outstanding quality, for around 20 euro's.

Word to the wise with eBay: If you are going for very top-shelf ties (read: RLPL, Hermes, Charvet, etc) be sure you know what you are doing. Know tags, manufacturing signatures, etc. If a brand has fakes out there, there's a very good chance there are a few of them on eBay.
post #32 of 70
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Originally Posted by chippo View Post

Hi guys, how do you buy ties?

Ha! Much more carefully than I used to, that's for sure! biggrin.gif (Thanks WAYWRN.)

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Originally Posted by chippo View Post

What do you look for? What are you ready to pay for a nice high quality tie?

On two occasions I've paid full price for Drakes ties that I absolutely adored -- and that never went on sale. ffffuuuu.gif That's about $130 each in US dollars. But I'm much more comfortable paying $80-90 for Hobers, which are every bit as magnificent as Drakes.

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Originally Posted by chippo View Post

How do you know which ones are worth the money?

Stick with quality brands like the ones touted by your favorite SF stars. (You do have some favorite posters, right?) I found it very hard to tell good ties from bad ones until I held, knotted, and wore a lot of high quality ties. Just reading the many, many "How to tell a quality tie" articles isn't much help until you've developed some tactile experience.

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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

Stay away from blends. Look for all cashmere, all silk, all linen, all cotton, etc.

Respectfully disagree -- unless you meant to say synthetic blends. There's nothing wrong with blends of natural fibers, such as wool/cashmere, cotton/cashmere, or silk/linen.

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Originally Posted by Galix View Post

...the fact of spending money on non-essential things depends on a number of factors, most of them not always rational.

Amen, brother.

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Originally Posted by Achillus View Post

The best place to get ties is Ebay. You will find bargains with outstanding quality, for around 20 euro's.

+1 But I believe the OP needs to get a hands-on education before he can successfully find deals on ebay.
post #33 of 70
i think you can never tell until after a few wears.
i would recommend going and getting a standard "nice" tie like a hermes/ferragamo. onsale these can be had at reasonable prices. after wearing those a few times you should be able to notice the difference with how they hang/tie in comparison to your cheaper ties, then you can start to see the difference in other brands and make the decision yourself. at the end of the day, it is a decoration so it just depends on how it makes you feel. There are no utility or fit requirements.
post #34 of 70
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Originally Posted by Galix View Post

I buy them impulsively. If I like it, I buy it. IMO when it comes to ties, that's what really matters. I personally think that a 120 - 140 € is the maximum amount I'd be willing to pay.

You can find some brands you know they make nice stuff that worth the money you pay for it (Marinella, Battisti, Drakes, etc.)

+1
post #35 of 70
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post


+1

My most important criteria is width. I've reached the conclusion that on me 3-1/4" is perfect. I'll go down to 3" or up to 3-3/8" if I really like the fabric. (I'm not buying anymore 3-1/2" because I already have lots of these. Since I always have a tape measure in my briefcase for work I'll whip it out right there is store if needed. Although the SA should have a tape measure floating about as well.

Assuming the quality and price are right I have no other strategy other than if I like it - I just buy what I like - but never full retail unless it's something REALLY special. There are just too many sales and other ops for ties.

There are a few things that are just plain hard to find at the stores - mostly grenadines - in that case I order from Sam Hober.

More is better with ties, as long as you always keep an eye out for quality classics. fing02[1].gif
post #36 of 70
Pattern, color, construction, and quality are the key factors for me. I'm very particular about my ties, and don't hesitate to pay full retail for those that appeal to me.
post #37 of 70
+1 on nonsynthetic blends. Found a Saks tartan viyella tie at a goodwill for a buck that is very cool
post #38 of 70
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...how do you know if a tie is worth up to 140 euros? By the feel of the material, how it feels in hand?

At times, I've been sorely disappointed in this regard, expecting an Hermes or Charvet to feel like teh hot buttery sehks. Often they do not. plain.gif

Apparently, there's something to be said for quality silks with a more "subtle" hand. I assume I'll understand this in time. (Right now I just leave it to the experts).
post #39 of 70
Wow. Someone asked that as a new article was being written. (Feedback on it is welcome.)

What about buying according to what's missing? For example, no red ties or no silk-cotton ties. Do people buy ties that are almost duplicates of what they already have? Just a hunch - moderately shiny ties are bought impulsively more often than duller ties. What about width - only if it's extreme does it much impact whether to buy?
post #40 of 70

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Originally Posted by Threadbearer View Post

+1 But I believe the OP needs to get a hands-on education before he can successfully find deals on ebay.
 


if anyone is thinking on buying anything slightly dodgy on ebay hopefully they'll post the link here first and have the resident experts take a look.

 

 a few months ago there was a thread about fake Tom Ford and Thom Browne being sold on eBay!!

post #41 of 70
To repeat a previously unanswered question:
so you guys actually tie the tie at the store?
post #42 of 70

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Originally Posted by Redwoood View Post

To repeat a previously unanswered question:
so you guys actually tie the tie at the store?


take it into the changing rooms fing02[1].gif or just hide behind something, and if you mess up the tie and they have another one take that!!! hahaha

post #43 of 70
If you take the tie into the changing room, aren't they going to know what you're up to?

Btw, few things are as heart-breaking as seeing a tie display at the store, picking up a really nice one, just to discover the inevitable snags that countless hands, unkempt nails, and price tags rubbing against the material, etc, caused.
post #44 of 70
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Originally Posted by davesmith View Post

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take it into the changing rooms fing02%5B1%5D.gif or just hide behind something, and if you mess up the tie and they have another one take that!!! hahaha

I saw a guy today in Neiman Marcus use his leg to tie a knot in a tie that he was considering. He was wearing shorts.
post #45 of 70
I buy most of my ties on sale simply because I don't want to pay $229 for Zegna, picked one up at Xmas which was marked down to $80 much more reasonable. Tie Deals have some nice ties reasonably priced but I usually set my self a $100 limit. If colour and patten is good and it would match the staples in my wardrobe then I will buy it. Try to avoid impulse buying.
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