I realise that I've only written about my experiences here with tailors, but there's much more to our outfits than just the suits and jackets. The tie is probably the most versatile accessory that men use to change the look and feel of their entire outfit.
I have ties from different tie makers - Drakes, Marinella, VandaFineClothing (especially because i'm Singaporean)... the list goes on. I must say that I have enjoyed wearing these ties because they are all very well made. Importantly, they knot and drape very well.
Today I'd like to write about a new tie maker that I happened to chance upon when I last visited Naples. Spacca Neapolis Ties was started by a young gentleman, Nicola Radano (who has his own blog www.nicolaradano.com), as a fun project creating ties out of vintage fabrics. He teamed up with the master shirtmaker from Vanacore to produce very limited runs of ties made using very unusual vintage fabrics - at a great price. His unlined ties are mostly stitched by hand and are probably the cheapest ties that you can find for the amount of handwork which is great when I like to have a good selection of different ties in order to maximise the different looks of my suits.
The ties are unusual but restrained, adding that subtle personality to an outfit.
I met Nicola by chance when I visited Sartoria Ciardi to commission a sport jacket. He was kind enough to stay back and help with the translation and we started talking about the different tailors that he has tried and wrote about on his blog. He is a very affable young man who even offered to take me somewhere close for lunch. He told me about the ties that he made and I agreed to purchase one to give it a try (especially since it was really cheap - he charged me 65 euros if I remember correctly). From the pictures he showed me, I told him that i'd like the 7-fold tobacco linen tie. I found it quite unusual and interesting, and I ended up wearing it very often this summer for its uniqueness and versatility.
The ties from Spacca Neapolis are constructed in the traditional neapolitan way. Mine was a fully lined 7 fold because the linen was too light to be unlined. Even though I do prefer ties which are almost completely unlined, I particularly liked the fact that I was able to knot the tie so easily. The lining also gave the tie an amazing drape (especially important when I do not button my sport jacket in the summer). I did tell Nicola that I would prefer if it was lighter nevertheless.
The tobacco Irish linen has great texture - someone asked me if this was the shantung tie from Drakes, and I've been complimented many times for the cool colour!
The interior of the 7 fold is well made, Spacca Neapolis punches well above its price category in terms of the quality of the product.
The main fold of the tie is hand stitched
I think the greatest thing about Spacca Neapolis Ties is that they are priced extremely affordably and yet, constructed properly with good materials. The vintage fabrics he uses are more textured, making the ties unusual in a subtle and cool way. Most importantly, at this price, I can afford to expand my tie collection comfortably! Definitely a value proposition and a good option to building ones wardrobe. Bonus is that Nicola is a pretty cool guy and i'm sure he'll be happy to help you out in Naples as well;)
I heard that he'll be following one of the neapolitan tailors to London for a trunk show. I'm not sure about the details but i'm sure you can get in touch with him through his blog www.nicolaradano.com. Alternatively, just browse and buy the ties online at http://spaccaneapolis.bigcartel.com.
And if you are in naples, don't forget to ask him for food recommendations;)