This one i made in Italy and wool, and like new, so I kopped.
Hardy Amies info from AAAC:
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The late Hardy Amies (his book The Englishman's Suit is worth owning) was a Savile Row eminence who had his name on a chain of high-end shops. Amies, who died in 2003, was known for designing women's as well as men's clothing.
He sold his interest to some Hong Kong investors (the Fungs) a couple of years before his death. As I understand it, the chain became badly overexpanded (there were locations in Japan, IIRC) and now all that's left is the original bespoke operation at No. 14 on the Row:
A side effect of the expansion and contraction of the HA "brand" has been that there is a good deal of HA-labeled haberdashery floating around out there. The HA ties that I own all say "Made in England," but it doesn't surprise me to learn that some of the ones you find in the Asia-Pacific region were made in China. The English-made HA ties I have found to be excellent. I haven't seen or used any of the Chinese-made ones, so I can't comment on those.
Amies was an interesting fellow. He spent WWII as an officer in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), the asymmetrical-warfare outfit that Churchill created in the summer of 1940--a time when Britain was desperate for ways to hit back at the Axis--with a mission to "set Europe on fire."