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post #1 of 129
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The template for this listing and most of the content was originally developed by a member of Ask Andy forum. Thought I would peggy back on the original work to see if we can devleop a list with some ranking and price point for our members.

Please add/modify the listing as you please. Your comments are welcomed.

Here is so metrics to use to base your experience with a specific brand. Then, I can compile a list of ties with the metrics so members can have a guide to help him/her better understand neckwear accessories.

Weight Material Colors Style Patterns Prices

Rating Scale
5 = Excellent
4 = Great
3 = Good
2 = Satisfactory
1 = Nothing special



Tier 1
Kiton
Borrelli
Attolini
Isaia
Bulgari
Charvet
Marinella
Hermes

Tier 2
Brioni
Isaia Napoli
Stefano Ricci
Nicky of Milan
Luciano Barbera
Drake (their 50-oz. model is hefty)
Holliday & Brown
Turnbull & Asser
Massimo Bizzocchi
Breuer
Robert Talbott (the sevenfolds and Best of Class lines)
Zegna (but not the Villa Bolgheri line)
Canali

Tier 3
Ike Behar New York
Altea
Pucci
FIHTies
Dolce & Gabbana
Zegna Villa Bolgheri line
Versace
Armani
Hugo Boss
Faconnable
Duchamp
Ted Baker
Paul Smith
Ralph Lauren Purple Label (purportedly made by Altea)
Robert Talbott Chelsea line
Brooks Brothers
Jhane Barnes
Hickey Freeman
RL Polo (Blue Label)
Vineyard Vines


-tony
post #2 of 129
I would add Ricci to the tier 1 list
post #3 of 129
Zegna NC to Tier 1?
post #4 of 129
I would move Hermes from Tier 1 to Tier 2 which shows how subjective this list would really be.
post #5 of 129
+ Ben Sherman to T3
post #6 of 129
I hate to be a downer, but I see very little sense to this kind of list. Ties are really subjective and even the parts that are objective can reflect preferences that are subjective. For example, Hermes is either top tier or crap, depending on whether you like their kind of silk and lining. And that is aside from whether you like their prints.

What you can try to do is identify those manufacturers that put 100% effort into making their kind of tie as well as possible. Most of your Tier II fits in that category, and I am sure some of Tier III does as well.
post #7 of 129
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post
Ties are really subjective and even the parts that are objective can reflect preferences that are subjective.

+1000. We can lock this thread now.
post #8 of 129
Add Alfani to Tier 2.
post #9 of 129
Instead of the best tie brands, let's go for broke:

The top ten individual neckties ever made.

I have three. The rest of you can squabble over the remaining seven.

Who's with me?


- B
post #10 of 129
A list like this without Barba is like starting a poll without the Anne Hathway option.
post #11 of 129
Paging iammatt -- I don't see any Seaman & Spearn.
post #12 of 129
I think this is worth trying to compile, but the best way to do so would be using some kind of poll...
post #13 of 129
Rubinacci to T1?
post #14 of 129
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Originally Posted by bmulford View Post
A list like this without Barba is like starting a poll without the Anne Hathway option.

+1. At least on the Barba part.
post #15 of 129
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post
I hate to be a downer, but I see very little sense to this kind of list. Ties are really subjective and even the parts that are objective can reflect preferences that are subjective. For example, Hermes is either top tier or crap, depending on whether you like their kind of silk and lining. And that is aside from whether you like their prints.

What you can try to do is identify those manufacturers that put 100% effort into making their kind of tie as well as possible. Most of your Tier II fits in that category, and I am sure some of Tier III does as well.

I dont think this list is senseless at all. In fact, its helpful to me to try and understand who tries the hardest to make a quality product. It also introduces me to some names I have not heard of before.

While I agree 100% its subjective, it still serves the purpose of giving opinions and debating on the merits, more than some of the threads I've seen can say (and I've started some of those).
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