We made our first tie 3 years ago. Have been selling some ties regularly, but, never was completely satisfied.
Early this year, we embarked on a journey to make good, hand-made ties. Ties as good as any.
We started with the process of getting the pattern and proportions right. It took us some time but we got there. Then, there were 3 challenges: workmanship, tie-fabrics and interlining.
We have a good team with diverse talents. So, with some efforts, we got the finish right. Completely hand made and every tie made to exact proportions.
Fabrics: Started by sourcing some wool ones as we have good relations with suiting makers. But, real ties need real tie fabrics, silk and blends. Undertook a journey and reached Como. Bought some wonderful fabrics made by the best tie fabric maker in the world. All the best brands use the same source.
But, the biggest challenge was the interlining. Found no one who makes real wool interlining for ties. It seems there is no market. Some of the good tie makers use a wool blend, but, we wanted real wool, like the good old days. Found a mill that used to make it but stopped making 35 years ago. The current generation of owners do not know about the fabric. Met the old, retired previous owner and told him what we need. He said, cannot be done. Reason: The old machines are retired and the yarn is not available either. On my insistence, he agreed to try. The old machines were dusted and took a month of trials for them to come to life.
He found yarn in his stock that was from the 70s. A small quantity but perfect condition. He said it was precious yarn saved for some personal project that never came to life. The machine was run and fabric made. According to the old man, this interlining was better that what they sold back then. We made the ties and tested them in regular wear for strength. Some lab tests later, they are now ready for market.
We still need to think about the period after we run out of this stock. But for now, we have wonderful ties to enjoy.
Wool, silk and linen blend and Shantung
Silk and Cashmere
Grenadines - We have 2 weaves and a wide range of colors.
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