Originally Posted by Simplicio
I find that Vanda ties often seem easier and more comfortable for daily wear (less formal) than some of my others
That is indeed the overall feel we are after with our ties - really glad you feel the same way.
With regards to formality of the grenadines, I find them one notch less formal than a plain silk tie, but not quite as casual as a textured wool.. for that same reason I find them very versatile.
Do note that the the unlined/untipped nature of our grenadines makes the tips transparent, which could possibly make it less 'formal'. This bugs some people, while others love it.
PCK1 is also right to note that the Japanese versions are not true 'grenadines' in the sense that they aren't exactly the same weave as the Italian stuff, but they are quite similar in texture and porosity.