A seller's popped up on eBay selling NIB Marinella ties that're advertised as being 1st-quality pieces from the Marinella store. I bought one, left feedback on his page, and, within hours, received an email from another eBay member telling me that the tie's a fake. The claim's that the ties are sourced from a manufacturer in Naples who sews Marinella labels onto them. The labels are absolutely spot-on.
The guy who contacted me said that every menswear dealer in Italy knows what's going on. Is that true? Can any Italian SF'ers verify that these ties are floating around?
The tie that I bought is almost certainly a fake. But it's a high-quality fake--self-tipped, heavy silk, thick knot, nice keeper. But, like fake LV bags, the pattern is cut off on one side of the tie. This was obviously not disclosed in the eBay ad.
I find it sad as hell that people are knocking off menswear--especially since so few men actually wear ties.
Here are a couple of terrible pictures: