Rather than start a new thread, I'm dragging this one out of the archives to add my seal of approval. Of course, I am not associated with Carlo Franco or Chuck, but merely a damn satisfied repeat customer. I recently chose a Carlo Franco Signature tie for myself (pattern S13
) and wore it for the first time today. (I've given one to my father as a gift last year, and it quickly became his favorite.) The weight of the tie is very reassuring, substantial enough to hold its own against a wool overcoat but fine enough to be perfectly comfortable with a cashmere sweater. The construction is superior; I have models by Ben Silver and Sulka that pale in comparison. The pattern itself is beautiful. The photograph I linked to above does not do justice to the pattern and material. Dead on, the colors are very subtle, but as the tie moves and as light interacts with the fabric, the blues become more radiant and the background shifts between purple and deep plum. It's really something, and I'll admit that I spent more than a few minutes twisting it and moving it around just to watch the colors dance. In short, I couldn't be happier with this tie, and I encourage anyone who hasn't done so already to check out Carlo Franco.