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I don't know if I'm a #menswear gent, but I wear a panama hat in summer. 

I've also got a similar, but more casual, hat that's made from woven paper that I got in Japan a few years back. It's crushable and rollable, so you can easily pack it into a bag and then just jam it on to your head and it regains its shape. 

If you're not keen on panama hats, then I'm not sure what else you can wear. Flat caps or newsboy caps generally look odd with a suit or odd jacket and trousers and summer's generally too warm for a fur-felt hat. 

There's always the trusty bucket hat, but that doesn't look too good when you're dressed up, either...

I have one of the hemp panamas from Akubra (the Bondi from memory) which is ventilated and takes a lot of hard wear and tear.
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I have one of the hemp panamas from Akubra (the Bondi from memory) which is ventilated and takes a lot of hard wear and tear.

With two young kids this sounds promising. Thanks all, looks like I need to reevaluate the panama!
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If you can't visit Op shops and If that's your price range just shop at the mid year or Xmass sale at DJ's or Henry Bucks . They have a good selection then. That's when I used to stock up on ties.


Oli, as Geoffrey suggests, you probably need to wait for some kind of sale to pick up well constructed ties for $50.

 

Most new ties at a full price of $50 won't get you anything better than what TieBar sells. That price point is a bit of a no-man's land in my experience.

 

Other members with more experience may beg to differ.

 

If you want a truly decent tie that works out for about $90 or less (Australian coin of course!) per tie, I would recommend EoE with whom I've only had positive experiences: https://embassyofelegance.com/. The price I quote is average for a 3-fold tie made to your specs (choice of lining, length, width, keeper/no keeper), based on an order of three ties to get the shipping cost down. Six fold ties are available, but they'll blow your budget. If you choose the standard option rather than going "bespoke", it will work out cheaper again.

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I have one of the hemp panamas from Akubra (the Bondi from memory) which is ventilated and takes a lot of hard wear and tear.

With two young kids this sounds promising. Thanks all, looks like I need to reevaluate the panama!

"Gentlemen do not wear straw hats in the metropolis."

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Oli, as Geoffrey suggests, you probably need to wait for some kind of sale to pick up well constructed ties for $50.

At the risk of repeating myself, give op shops a chance. At the Wear For Success sale, for example, I picked up these ties for $3 each: NWT TM Lewin, Brioni, Borrelli, Altea Milano and Tallbott Best of Class. I regularly find nice ties from Zegna, Canali, Lewin, T&A, even Hermes and Stefano Ricci, for $5 or less. Why spend $50 on a single tie?
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At the risk of repeating myself, give op shops a chance. At the Wear For Success sale, for example, I picked up these ties for $3 each: NWT TM Lewin, Brioni, Borrelli, Altea Milano and Tallbott Best of Class. I regularly find nice ties from Zegna, Canali, Lewin, T&A, even Hermes and Stefano Ricci, for $5 or less. Why spend $50 on a single tie?

 



Would you mind listing your favorite op shops in Sydney, especially around Surry Hills or CBD? I'm definitely interested in finding T&A or Hermes ties for $5, even in "interesting" colours.
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At the risk of repeating myself, give op shops a chance. At the Wear For Success sale, for example, I picked up these ties for $3 each: NWT TM Lewin, Brioni, Borrelli, Altea Milano and Tallbott Best of Class. I regularly find nice ties from Zegna, Canali, Lewin, T&A, even Hermes and Stefano Ricci, for $5 or less. Why spend $50 on a single tie?

 



Would you mind listing your favorite op shops in Sydney, especially around Surry Hills or CBD? I'm definitely interested in finding T&A or Hermes ties for $5, even in "interesting" colours.

The only op shop I've seen T&A shirts and ties in is Vinnies in Charing Cross. There is a Salvos in Crown St SH and a Vinnies on Oxford in Darlo.
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At the risk of repeating myself, give op shops a chance. At the Wear For Success sale, for example, I picked up these ties for $3 each: NWT TM Lewin, Brioni, Borrelli, Altea Milano and Tallbott Best of Class. I regularly find nice ties from Zegna, Canali, Lewin, T&A, even Hermes and Stefano Ricci, for $5 or less. Why spend $50 on a single tie?

Top advice my favourite honey hole of ties has meant I have 3 of those hanging racks full and I still buy some because you become a tie tragic at $5 an item especially if they are Canali etc. In fact the other day I actually scored an Hermes for the first time. No name but the ubiquitous horse and carriage tag.
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Meister did you check the code and look for the loop?
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At the risk of repeating myself, give op shops a chance. At the Wear For Success sale, for example, I picked up these ties for $3 each: NWT TM Lewin, Brioni, Borrelli, Altea Milano and Tallbott Best of Class. I regularly find nice ties from Zegna, Canali, Lewin, T&A, even Hermes and Stefano Ricci, for $5 or less. Why spend $50 on a single tie?


Op shopping is great where there is time and inclination, and I love the occasional browse myself. I've even found a few gems over the few years I've been doing it, but I've only ever found one tie worth buying - a no name bow tie that I assume is an ancient madder.

 

Sometimes it's just easier to pay for the desired tie. If one is looking for something specific, it could take a lifetime of op shopping, or worse, it may never be found at all.

 

Personally, I'm concentrating on building a small selection of quality ties rather than having a horde of ties that I make do with, so please take that into consideration along with the points I have raised.

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I've only ever found one tie worth buying - a no name bow tie that I assume is an ancient madder.

Inkjet for sure.

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Inkjet for sure.

Or in other words, you're telling me that it is impossible to find a genuine ancient madder tie anywhere?

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At the risk of repeating myself, give op shops a chance. At the Wear For Success sale, for example, I picked up these ties for $3 each: NWT TM Lewin, Brioni, Borrelli, Altea Milano and Tallbott Best of Class. I regularly find nice ties from Zegna, Canali, Lewin, T&A, even Hermes and Stefano Ricci, for $5 or less. Why spend $50 on a single tie?

 



Would you mind listing your favorite op shops in Sydney, especially around Surry Hills or CBD? I'm definitely interested in finding T&A or Hermes ties for $5, even in "interesting" colours.

Sorry, I'm in Melbourne. Don't really know anything about Sydney, but I would start with op shops in affluent suburbs.

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Top advice my favourite honey hole of ties has meant I have 3 of those hanging racks full and I still buy some because you become a tie tragic at $5 an item especially if they are Canali etc. In fact the other day I actually scored an Hermes for the first time. No name but the ubiquitous horse and carriage tag.

Nice find. Quick ways to check Hermes authenticity in store:

1. does the grain in the silk run 5 o'clock to 11 o'clock?
2. Is there a little loop of thread inside the back blade?
3. Google image search of the style number to ensure the pattern is right. Background colour can differ.

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Op shopping is great where there is time and inclination, and I love the occasional browse myself. I've even found a few gems over the few years I've been doing it, but I've only ever found one tie worth buying - a no name bow tie that I assume is an ancient madder.

Sometimes it's just easier to pay for the desired tie. If one is looking for something specific, it could take a lifetime of op shopping, or worse, it may never be found at all.

Personally, I'm concentrating on building a small selection of quality ties rather than having a horde of ties that I make do with, so please take that into consideration along with the points I have raised.

YMMV. Personally, I have a specific tie in mind that I haven't been able to find retail at a resonable price either, so it's not just op shops with that problem.
Edited by California Dreamer - 5/24/16 at 3:49am
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Or in other words, you're telling me that it is impossible to find a genuine ancient madder tie anywhere?
It'd have to be vintage if you found one so you never know. It's illegal to make the genuine product these days.
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