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Opinions on this tie...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bry2000, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you both. The last few times I've paid full retail for a tie, I've been paying well over $150 (Charvet 7-fold (yikes!), H&B, Marinella). However, my frame of mind is still that of shopping at Marshalls', where a tie over $20 seems expensive. I have this fear where the statement "I consider ties under $100 to be cheap" could be a 21st-century "Let them eat cake"... "Let them wear Charles Hill"...
     
  2. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you both. The last few times I've paid full retail for a tie, I've been paying well over $150 (Charvet 7-fold (yikes!), H&B, Marinella). However, my frame of mind is still that of shopping at Marshalls', where a tie over $20 seems expensive. I have this fear where the statement "I consider ties under $100 to be cheap" could be a 21st-century "Let them eat cake"... "Let them wear Charles Hill"...
    OK, then let's amend the statement to, "A top quality tie that goes for less than $100 at full retail is a good value."
     
  3. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    OK, then let's amend the statement to, "A top quality tie that goes for less than $100 at full retail is a good value."
    No, that sounds like something some grubby lawyer would make you say. I prefer the first statement.
     
  4. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    All of my favorite brands have passed $150 at full retail in the US. I try not to pay full retail, but some brands don't go on sale, and sometimes I see a tie that want badly enough that I don't want to risk waiting for a sale.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Drake's was pretty high on your list. Aren't they still retailing for $110?
     
  5. Manton

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Drake's was pretty high on your list. Aren't they still retailing for $110?
    I like Drake's. I have not bought one in a while. I'm not even sure who carries them under the "Drake" label in NY these days, as they tend to come and go. However, I know that Drake does private lable work for several smaller stores or stores-within-stores, and all of those are in the $150 range.
     
  6. edmorel

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    I like it too and would pair it with a gray POW plaid suit with a deco windowpane and a blue check shirt.


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  7. edmorel

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    I like Drake's. I have not bought one in a while. I'm not even sure who carries them under the "Drake" label in NY these days, as they tend to come and go. However, I know that Drake does private lable work for several smaller stores or stores-within-stores, and all of those are in the $150 range.

    Could you name names of some of their private label work, if it's not a industry secret.
     
  8. Vintage Gent

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    I like Drake's. I have not bought one in a while. I'm not even sure who carries them under the "Drake" label in NY these days, as they tend to come and go. However, I know that Drake does private lable work for several smaller stores or stores-within-stores, and all of those are in the $150 range.

    Interesting. I just took a brief gander at the Ben Silver website, and they have a reasonably generous selection of Drake's, none of which is more expensive, at full retail, than $115.
     
  9. Manton

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    Could you name names of some of their private label work, if it's not a industry secret.
    Flusser and Mimmo Spano, at least. Not all of what they offer, but some.
     
  10. bry2000

    bry2000 Well-Known Member

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    Drakes ties are nicely made and the silks are top notch. Some of the patterns are painfully boring, however. I bought a Drakes tie in Milan recently for EUR85 that I like well enough. In London, some really nice Drakes are found at Emma Willis for GBP85 a pop (very expensive) and at Liberty (can't remember the price).

    In NY, one can find Drakes at BG. But they cut them around 2.5 inches wide -- so basically unwearable. Paul Stuart sells some, although the snotty tie saleswomen I spoke to told me in a patronizing way: "sir, all our ties are made by Paul Stuart." To which I responded, I did not realize that PS had a tie making factory. She walked off in a huff. Then returned to tell me that she did not know the vendors that make their ties. (I freakin' hate Paul Stuart). Barney's sells a decent selection of Drakes ties and bowties. Saks had a few this season labelled as Michael Drake. Cenci carries some ties under their own label by Drakes. I would imagine Herzfeld may carry some, although I have not been to that store in years. I think Oxxford may carry some as well, under their own lable I presume. In the US, you can expect to pay between $125 and $135 per tie. Oh yeah, I think Drakes makes some of the ties under the Spano label at Saks. Very nice, but they run $175!!!!
     
  11. GreyFlannelMan

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    I quite like this tie, and believe it could be worn with any number of suits, blue, grey or some of the summer shades.

    Yes, Barney's has a rather large selection of Drakes.

    Bry -- I agree with you about Paul Stuart. I quite like many of their offerings, but the atmosphere of the NY store really puts me off. Being somewhat younger than their traditional demographic, I always feel that I am being watched as I stroll throught the store, yet at the same time, ignored because the sales staff doesn't think they will make a sale.

    Some have said that the Chicago store is very different.
     
  12. Manton

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    Barney's has them sometimes, sometimes not. Or maybe they sell out. The last time I was there (March, I think) I could not find any.
     
  13. bry2000

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    Barney's has them sometimes, sometimes not. Or maybe they sell out. The last time I was there (March, I think) I could not find any.
    When I stopped by Barney's last month, they had a small, but decent selection of Drakes ties and bowties. They also had some Nicky ties, priced at $165. I am still looking for a decent source of Nicky ties. I could not find any in Milan.
     
  14. AlanC

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    STP has several Drake's ties in the $60 range right now, a few as low as $40.
     
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    STP has several Drake's ties in the $60 range right now, a few as low as $40.

    Yeah, I just noticed that myself. Looks as though they got a rather substantial supply in recently.
     
  16. AlanC

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    All of my favorite brands have passed $150 at full retail in the US. I try not to pay full retail, but some brands don't go on sale, and sometimes I see a tie that want badly enough that I don't want to risk waiting for a sale.
    Just curious Manton, but about how many ties do you have?
     
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    You cut me to the quick Ed. Seriously though, it would be a qunitessential Paul Stuart combo when paired with walnut Grenson Stowes
     

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