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Advice needed to start a new tie collection

kolecho

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I need a new collection as the ties that I have are just not up to scratch.

With suits, it is generally agreed that solids, stripes, and checks in subtle appearance are the staples. With shirts, a mix of whites, blues, stripes, and checks.

What about ties? Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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Jon, Jon...
What sort of budget are we working with here? The best of the best are seven (or four) fold ties, which are offered by various luxury brands, as well as FIH (link conveniently provided above) and also Carlo Franco. Now it seems your main question is what are the basic designs of ties. Solids, of course, in various textures to provide interest, stripes (often called repp ties because of the silk weave used), neats (small repeating designs) and paisleys would make up a classic offering of tie designs. There will be various suggestions of makers, I'm sure. I will add that I generally buy high end ties (alas, not 7 or 4 fold) at deep discount on sale or at consignment and thrift. Amazing ties can be found very cheap, but you have to learn what you're looking for and spend some time doing it.
 

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...I will add that I generally buy high end ties (alas, not 7 or 4 fold) at deep discount on sale or at consignment and thrift. Amazing ties can be found very cheap, but you have to learn what you're looking for and spend some time doing it.
Aaaack... Dont... Listen... to him... For Goodness sakes... Can't you see he is a FROG??
 

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Great solid from Carlo Franco:
And stripe from FIH:
Neat from Drake's:
Paisley seven fold by Robert Talbott:
 

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Aaaack... Â Dont... Listen... to him... For Goodness sakes... Can't you see he is a FROG??
The word is "Freedom", you commie. Richard James makes fantastic ties. Barneys/Bergdorfs sell them in the US.
 

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Great solid from Carlo Franco:
And stripe from FIH:
Neat from Drake's:
Paisley seven fold by Robert Talbott:
That is most helpful. Thanks. With white and blue shirts, tie match is easier than with stripes and checks. Any rule of thumb to match ties to the latter two?
 

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I don't think there is a real good "rule of thumb." Striped ties look good with some striped shirts, and some don't. You can sometimes wear a dot or neat pattern with a check shirt and sometimes not. I guess my rule of thumb would be that solid ties almost always look good with a patterned shirt; and that with a smaller scale pattern neats look better, and with a larger scale pattern you can do stripes more easily.

I'm not into rules like "no repp stripe ties with checked shirts." I don't think it's a good rule.
 

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If you but ask, Jon will do a lovely and extensive job of matching his collection to your collection. He will pick ties that he thinks work best (his judgment is v.good) and will let you pick and choose. Excellent service.

The question on matching ties to patterned shirts, one rule of thumb is to avoid having the pattern in the tie be at or about the same size as the patternin the shirt. A variation creates visual interest.

While I am not endorsing their ties, Charles Tyrwhitt's website often features some interesting matches of ties and shirts.
 

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If you have trouble choosing a tie to go with a certain pattern of shirt, look through (as suggested above) CT's website, and Hilditch's mail catalog. I know more than one person keeps them around for this very purpose.

Personally, I like solid ties with a woven texture, and also ties with very small dot patterns.
 

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With white and blue shirts, tie match is easier than with stripes and checks.  Any rule of thumb to match ties to the latter two?
My understanding of general pattern matching is:

- the scale of the patterns should be the same for differing patterns
- the scale of the patterns should be different for the same patterns

In other words, if you're wearing a pinstripe suit, striped shirt, and rep tie, the scale of the stripes should be noticeably different or you'll look like a barber pole or something.

Wearing the same scale with differing patterns is perhaps a less stringent guideline, although it can definitely look a little off if one wears, say, a large-stripe rep tie with a small checked shirt.

For this reason, solid shirts and ties are easy to coordinate but demonstrate less sophistication.

dan
 

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(FIHTies @ Feb. 03 2005,08:26) Aaaack... Â Dont... Listen... to him... For Goodness sakes... Can't you see he is a FROG??
No. This is a frog...

Funniest thing I've seen in quite a while. Thank you, Alan. Tom
 

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Baldessarini offered a while ago a few ties of cashmir. I didn't buy them because I dont wear ties on a regular basis. But if I would I would buy something like that.
 

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