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[Gift] Necktie for Asian Dad in 50s

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
SF,

I'm a long-time lurker who finally surfaced to find answers to a personal question. My dad is in his 50's and works at a managerial position at an engineering firm in Korea. I want to get him a necktie this year, as I am getting interested in fashion.

It is my hope that I will get him something of quality that he would normally not get himself.

Here is my thinking process:
  • He is conservative in fashion, so light blue or light grey would be a safe choice.
  • Just something professional that exudes quality and taste...
  • He is about 5' 4" 32" waist, but I don't think he will like 2.5" skinny ties; I would say 3" standard should work. Shorter the tie the better I would think...

But the hard part is knowing which brand to go with. This is where I really need your help. Amazon and retail stores carry THOUSANDS. My goal is to find quality product but avoid paying excessive premium for brand name if possible (I'm a poor student with much debt). I want to say that the absolute max is perhaps $70 for the tie. And I say this with hesitation because I don't have the taste for quality in neckties yet. For instance, I just browsed Kent Wang's website and saw that the ties were around $80 there. Since he isn't a major corporation that uses heavy advertising, I'm leaning to believe that the price should be relatively honest to quality, but my self-conflict is that I just don't know how to appreciate the quality.

Please give the guidance to this poor uneducated fool and allow me to buy a proper gift for my dad. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Thank you SF.

Sensejae
Edited by sensejae - 4/20/13 at 8:34am
post #2 of 27
Just buy your dad a Hermes tie.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Goomba,

I just checked Herme's web store. The ties appear to be around $170. That would be triple of my budget... That is a big risk because I don't even know what is good and what isn't about them, except your words.

Aside from that, there seems to be so many options. I am really new to appreciating ties, and I will need some hand-holding guidance.

sensejae
post #4 of 27
  • Go to the men's department of a reputable store with a large selection of items.
  • Make them show you several items that fit your requirements.
  • Pick anything you like from there - no need to look at the brand tags.

If still nervous, pick something towards the upper part of your budget.
post #5 of 27

As someone who has advised on the purchase of several ties for several middle aged Koreans...well...I'll just PM you.

post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your reply. The thing about going to the mall is that I would depend on "my" taste of ties... I have no taste. You guys do. As a good doctor would say: "Tell me more."
post #7 of 27
It's a present from you, not from us. Let it reflect your personality.

And don't worry about making mistakes, your father will wear it with pride whatever the case.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

As someone who has advised on the purchase of several ties for several middle aged Koreans...well...I'll just PM you.

... puzzled.gif

Well, that's quite an interesting expertise... perhaps.
post #9 of 27
This is a bit out of your rice range but perhaps a cappelli tie from http://linksonjack.com/neckties/. Coupon code SS2013 gets you 20% off and you can deduct another 20% for VAT if you're not in Europe. Should bring the total to around $85. Buy a second for yourself and get free shipping.

Since he's short get him one of the 56" 3.25 inch ones - maybe a grenadine.

The main reason I suggest those is the short length. It's tough to find reasonably priced, conservative, quality ties that are short enough for someone who is 5'4" unless you want to get something bespoke from Sam Hober and have the time to wait...
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Slammo View Post

This is a bit out of your rice range

 

Thanks for the racist quip... happy.gif

post #11 of 27
Why not have a look on the authorized dealers on SF? Such as Malford of London or Exqusite Trimmings. The offerings in there is going to be quality guaranteed. Plus price should fit close to your budget?
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for all of your help! I ended up getting Sam Hober grenadine fina solid slate blue tie, 52 in by 3.2 in.
post #13 of 27
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post #14 of 27

Give Paul Winston at Chipp2 a call. he has lots of ties that aren't listed on his web site. Plus, it's hard to think of a gift that's cooler than one of the Chipp emblematic ties.

 

http://www.chipp2.com/

post #15 of 27
That is perhaps the most boring tie for a dad, I don't many men at their 50s appreciates a plain tie like this.

Bad choice.
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