See, I told you guys I only read the porno mags for the articles!
Thanks @sprout2 Interesting stuff. I like the regimentals, one of which is similar to a Drake's from last season (navy/beige). That said...
I'm actually a bit gun shy about new makers. At this point, it's Cappelli and Drake's for me as my first options, the first for construction/fabrics and the second, when they have a distinctive fabric that I can nab at a reasonable price. Vanda is my other option, and I intend to get a Hober tie in the near future. I'm just looking for fabrics that will fill the ever smaller gaps in my tie collection (which is near 50 ties, split across cold (25) and warm seasons (20 or so)). I can't see needing more so it's one-in-one-out these days (still, I'm thinking of increasing my limit to 25 or 30 ties...slippery slope anyone?). Right now, I'm on the hunt for some madders with medallions. I'll post some ideas later.
Other makers that I have and like
1. Exquisite Trimmings some of whose house ties come from the same maker as Viola Milano but at a fraction of the price
2. Borrelli (I had two, sold them tho), very nice.
With David and Patrizio's bespoke options priced at 80-100 dollars, though, it's hard to see why one might go elsewhere, save for distinctive fabrics...
For those who don't know about the 10/5 thread, that was part of my goal: what if you had to distill your tie collection down to 10 ties for a season, what would the 10 be? Check it out. The F/W thread is open to all to contribute (see OP).
@Sam Hober David, I'll add my thanks for your lifting the content in this thread.
I own probably around 50-100 ties, ranging from Turnbull & Asser and other Jermyn Street makers to obscure Italian vintages and French names like Feraud and Lanvin (no Charvet - not a fan of their patterns).
I bought a Hober for my wedding and it is my favourite of the lot. I couldn't find the houndstooth I wanted so I commissioned the thing, and both the tie and the service were exceptional. It's the little things like getting a dimple the way you want it almost every time, or just the weight and crunch of the thing under your fingers, the way the silk catches the light.
The only reason I haven't bought any more is that I now only wear ties a few times a year (at this point, only to weddings, conferences and funerals), so I haven't bought any more ties period. I have a wishlist ready to go straight to David the day this frequency increases again. He has virtually everything I want next in stock. He has my loyalty off just one order...
So, one more data point, one more enabler towards the Hober path.
My experience with grendadine fina:
Having ordered bespoke from 2 makers (Cappelli and Hober - and both are great), my recommendation to others is to order 1 inch shorter than you usually order. Both seem to stretch / wear longer, really even at the first tying of the tie, it is not like it happens over time. Not sure on the dynamics of why, doesn't really matter to me. Not a big deal, just one of those little learnings to pass on to others.