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A Study in Stripes: Regimental and Repp Ties

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jrd617, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Found this sid mashburn pic. Don't like many of these ones

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  2. deadAngle

    deadAngle Senior member

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    My collection of stripes. I got most of these in a lot where I paid $15 for a bag of ties. 1920s-1930s; the bow tie is probably 1950s. Look at those original price tags!

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  3. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    Hate to be a jerk, but none of those appeal to me. : (
     
  4. Sonny58

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    Thanks jrd, this inspired me...


    to add this to my collection.

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  5. Mr. Six

    Mr. Six Senior member

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    Doing a little closet cleaning/organization, so I took some pics of my striped ties.

    Barbera (cashmere), Bigi x NMWA (cashmere), Calabrese x NMWA (burgundy wool/silk blend)

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    Bigi x NMWA (shantung grenadine) , Shibumi (shantung), Drake's (silk/linen, looks like several members got that one)

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    Vanda x 3

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    Panta, Calabrese x NMWA, Drake's (grenadine)

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    Hober, Bigi x NMWA, Vanda (grenadine)

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    Drake's, Hober, Armani (kind of an outlier, but I keep holding onto it because of the unusual print)

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  6. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    This has been a very informative thread, with lots of eye-candy and useful discussion.

    Perhaps at some point in the future the elders might start a similar thread dealing with plaid or check ties?

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  7. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    lotta good stuff in there, mr. six.
     
  8. Penfold

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    The only striped tie I should ever consider wearing when not entitled to it would be the Bullingdon Club tie (on sale here), and then only for a job interview at the Guardian, pour épater la bourgeoisie.

    In Decline And Fall (1928) Evelyn Waugh wrote of the perils, both social and physical, of being caught out wearing undeserved colours.

    Paul Pennyfeather was reading for the Church. It was his third year of uneventful residence at Scone. He had come there after a creditable career at a small public school of ecclesiastical temper on the South Downs, where he had edited the magazine, been President of the Debating Society, and had, as his report said, 'exercised a wholesome influence for good' in the House in which he was head boy. At home he lived in Onslow Square with his guardian, a prosperous solicitor who was proud of his progress and abysmally bored by his company. Both his parents had died in India at the time when he won the essay prize at his preparatory school. For two years he had lived within his allowance, aided by two valuable scholarships. He smoked three ounces of tobacco a week — John Cotton, Medium ‑ and drank a pint and a half of beer a day, the half at luncheon and the pint at dinner, a meal he invariably ate in Hall. He had four friends, three of whom had been at school with him. None of the Bollinger Club had ever heard of Paul Pennyfeather, and he, oddly enough, had not heard of them.
    Little suspecting the incalculable consequences that the evening was to have for him, he bicycled happily back from a meeting of the League of Nations Union. There had been a most interesting paper about plebiscites in Poland. He thought of smoking a pipe and reading another chapter of the Forsyte Saga before going to bed. He knocked at the gate, was admitted, put away his bicycle, and diffidently, as always, made his way across the quad towards his rooms. What a lot of people there seemed to be about! Paul had no particular objection to drunkenness ‑ he had read a rather daring paper to the Thomas More Society on the subject ‑ but he was consumedly shy of drunkards.
    Out of the night Lumsden of Strathdrummond swayed across his path like a druidical rocking‑stone. Paul tried to pass.
    Now it so happened that the tie of Paul's old school bore a marked resemblance to the pale blue and white of the Bollinger Club. The difference of a quarter of an inch in the width of the stripes was not one that Lumsden of Strathdrummond was likely to appreciate.
    'Here's an awful man wearing the Boller tie, said the Laird. It is not for nothing that since pre‑Christian times his family had exercised chieftainship over unchartered miles of barren moorland.
    Mr Sniggs was looking rather apprehensively at Mr Postlethwaite.
    'They appear to have caught somebody, he said. 'I hope they don't do him any serious harm.
    'Dear me, can it be Lord Reading? I think I ought to intervene.
    'No, Sniggs, said Mr Postlethwaite, laying a hand on his impetuous colleague's arm. 'No, no, no. It would be unwise. We have the prestige of the senior common-room to consider. In their present state they might not prove amenable to discipline. We must at all costs avoid an outrage.
    At length the crowd parted, and Mr Sniggs gave a sigh of relief.
    'But it's quite all right. It isn't Reading. It's Pennyfeather ‑ someone of no importance.


    American SF members crossing the pond might want to leave their regimental ties at home, for fear of being accosted by these guys.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bogus-troops-to-be-prosecuted-by-walter-mitty-842315
     
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  9. Celadon

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    It seems that most of the regimental and club ties are designed on heraldic or vexillological principles: bright colours and sharp contrasts. Subtle combinations and muted colours should mostly be safe to wear without risk of misunderstanding.
     
  10. jrd617

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    some nice ones from the knottery

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  11. FlyingMonkey

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    Those look nice, but I've not been impressed by The Knottery's ties in practice. The ones I ordered were rather flimsy, the material and finishing looked cheap, and I don't think I will bother again. But they are probably 'good value' at that price level.
     
  12. Isolation

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    I actually don't own any stripe ties and was looking to get some. What do we think of something like this? Sam Hober:

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    I really like them, actually.
     
  13. FlyingMonkey

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    Here's most of my repp stripe ties. I haven't included any of my horizontal striped numbers:

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    Above: vintage - all 1960s Brooks Brothers, except the far left, which is some anonymous blend... all are around 3".

    Below: contemporary - Drakes, Conrad Wu x 2, Liberty (I never wear this one any more, so if anyone wants it, please ask - the ground is a kind of mid-blue heavy silk twill with pink and orange stripes). All are 3" - 3 1/4".

    Being English, I don't wear actual regimental / club / school / college ties - except for things that I have the right to wear. I'll try to dig out my school leaver's tie some time - it is in quite spectacularly bad taste (pink, maroon, green). And that reminds me of one thing to correct in the OP - real British regimental, club and school / college ties don't necessarily have a 'ground' as such - many have equal distribution of stripe colour.
     
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  14. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Some recent addition to my collection

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  15. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Also like the look of these Knottery ties

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  16. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Like them J, recent addition of my own (!)...

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  17. jrd617

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    That's a familiar T&A :slayer:

    v nice
     
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  18. blc456

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    I actually just ordered the brown and purple version of this tie before seeing this post. Looking forward to getting them as I have never had a tie from the Knottery and am curious to see how they are.
     
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