As for Talbott's, I would say their regular line is a decent tie, not necessarily distinguishable from many others, however. I have a Best of Class that is a nice substantial tie that would hold its own on the upper tier. One of the issues with Talbott's, as is often noted, is their styling. I do not have one of their seven-folds. As to self tipping, I usually run my finger into self-tipped ties from the wide end and you can always find where the tipping ends. I would assume that tipping is really an aesthetic issue and doesn't really contribute in a substantive way to the tie's construction. As long as one has something to tip with and that something is silk not acetate it would be fine. Now a fully self-tipped tie does add to the luxuriousness of it. Obviously this does not apply to seven-folds. For bargains, look to end of season sales, Bluefly, Yoox and ebay, and again, Marshall's, TJMaxx, etc. I have not yet had the good pleasure of trying FIH or Carlo Franco ties, however I'm always open to assess test models from either maker. Â
Â I will say this, I greatly appreciate such boutique makers who are bringing what is apparently a high quality product at a relative discount made in small numbers.
AlanC: I actually chose Talbotts due to the populal feedback that it recieved when we had that thread about tie brands, and I was definately referring to the best of class. Â The seven folds are I think out of most humans range (300 a pop is a wee bit excessive IMO for any expendable and easily ruined garment, (see "How many ties do you own" thread) ), however there are many other tie brands that should be mentioned in a discussion like that. Â (I mean...where the heck was FIH?
) my point was simply that style should be left to style magazines, not to Finance magazines. Â Even if they do call the writer the Connoiseur. As I mentioned in my Post about the ties, Self tipping is simply an aesthetic manner in which to accomplish something of function. Â The tipping on the ties prevents the lining from slipping out. Â In a real seven fold you dont have a lining so you dont need tipping. Â I would disagree with you regarding the Luxuriousness of a fully self (tipped? isnt that oxymoronic?) backed tie and maintain that all those linings and layers would make the tie unwieldy and too bulky to tie. Finally about the testing...NO...thank G-d I am past the testing stage, and its my pleasure and honor (and I am sure Carlo's as well) to offer to and have our products accepted by discerning and discriminating customers such as yourselves. Man, you guys are a tough crowd to please.
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