In future I will probably buy most of my ties from Sam Hober though, as standard ties are too long (and I like them a bit narrower than average too).
How much do you spend on a tie? - Page 3
Poll Results: How much do you spend on a tie?
It varies, and by enough that I can't really answer the poll in a helpful way. I buy ties only when I really like the pattern, fabric, feel and width. If I'm lucky, that sometimes means I pay relatively little, sometimes it's a fair bit more. On average, my annual tie spend is very low anyway, as I don't buy them at all frequently. In fact, I'd probably be well-served by culling some of the ones I already have, but I actually tried this a while back and found I could only get rid of a few because I really liked all the rest. Oh well, at least it stops me buying more!
I used to wonder about this, and had a lot of ties that were good but not great. However, that has changed over the past few years, thanks to SF. I just went ahead and culled a whole lot of my ties, and kept only a handful of good ones.
Now, I am quite picky about my ties, and apply the same philosophy that I follow when it comes to the rest of my wardrobe: I would much rather spend more on a few good items than less on a lot of mediocre items.
That also reduces options and brings a certain amount of discipline to my wardrobe, which has actually worked out great.
And speaking of ties, I do believe I own a purple one that I bought from you, a long, long time ago. Great tie!
Can't remember which one it was, but I'm glad you're still enjoying it!
I tend to think more about how much I spend in a year (or over several years) than about the cost of an individual item. I find that's a neat way of balancing overall budget vs. items that I love and must buy vs. keeping quality high.
+1 for Davesmith the Battisti ties he sells are awesome . Only got a shirt from Spoo and i dont think ive gotten anything from you lol. I have spent more than 250 for a tie but i really liked it and needed it at the time but usually 70-100ish.
Some of my other favourite ties have cost more than $100, but not too many of those. I think the most I've ever spent on a tie was around $125 for a Tom Ford grenadine.
Really its about the tie, not the cost.
If its a look I want to try but I suspect might not really like in practice, I'll go TieBar and get out for $15. I've paid $50-ish for ties from J. Press I liked and I've gotten plenty at department store sales for $10-$20
Hopefully one day I can warrant a great tie from Hermes and I'll gladly pay for the quality, but in the meantime will look for a good deal used on eBay.
Based on what you wrote, it is all about the cost. If it were all about the tie, you would be buying "a great tie from Hermes" whenever you felt like it, like this risible fellow here:
hint: a clue costs less
I guess you like collector editions to pay that much. At LAX, saw Hermes ties priced around $175, just what tie brands go to $300? I dont think I have ever seen a $300 tie anywhere in my life.
Tom Ford/Kiton seven-fold/cashmere (>200)
Hermes special editions (300?)
Brioni/other pleated (300ish?)
Stefano Ricci swarovski-crystal-embellished (700-1200)
That's all I can think of, but I'm sure the likes of Louis Vuitton and Lanvin have found ways to charge hundreds more than anyone would expect who hasn't seen the wares in question.
Thanks for info. Good to learn something new.
Whoever said that silk ties don't last is talking out of their behind. Almost all my ties are 2nd hand or NOS of varying degree of vintage, whether wool, silk, linen or some combination. And I am pretty sure I have never paid more than $50. I don't object to paying more, but I just don't need to. Sure, anyone can treat tie badly and pull threads etc. but if you look after a tie, there is no reason why it won't last a lifetime or more.
This is wrong, at least with any tie that's not complete crap or horribly abused.
And yes, a lot of the ties at your average thrift store will have problems. But not nearly all of them, or even most. In fact, many seem to be donated because the person donating them never really liked 'em much, and as such rarely wore them.
I have spent retail on ties before, but not often. Almost all of mine are from thrift stores, in great shape and classic patterns.