Originally posted by Nick M: Since you brought it up - a store about an hour away from where I live has these very same 8-ply ties, mostly in single colors, in a kind of exaggerated, raised diagonal twill. I didn't get a very close look, so what can you tell me about them? What does the '8-ply' of the name refer to? To what brands of ties do they compare? Are they of 7-fold construction, or are they regular ties? And what price range are they in?
The ones I just got are the same one in the Robb Report Sept. issue, I think you can see it in their website. I believe the article is by William Kissel. It is a complex paisley weave, wonderful to behold, not a single weave type. The colours that I got were the blue/copper, and the tone on tone copper. They were sold out in Italy (the one in the Robb Report article) because it was produced in mid spring. They were however fortunate enough to have a small amount of material left to make me two ties. These were limited edition ties, and each tie comes with a card stating who the maker was. The 8-ply refers to 8 strands of silk twisted together (plied), and that is used to make the tie. It is not a seven fold construction (it would become way to bulky for that), but a "normal" construction with a thick thread backbone. The quality of the silk is way nicer than my seven fold Kitons, Borrellis, Charvets, etc. The colour saturation is incredible. In terms of construction, it looks similar to the Villa Borgese "Siglio" ties, but again, with the 8 ply silk they use, the quality overall is superior. As for cost, I don't know how much they cost in the U.S (I'm in the Netherlands), but in the article, it states that the price is $150.