Now that GQ has completely saturated almost every page of their magazine with Alexander Olch ties (http://www.olch.com/) I decided to check them out for myself. I took a visit to New York and checked out stores that carried the ties. To say the least.....I was dissapointed. What first intrigued me the most about the ties were their interesting patterns. I thought the patterns in person looked ok but the manufacturing was poor along with the quality of material. Overall, they just looked cheap. Their website praises their "fine italian cashmere" ties, but I must have missed that somehow. (I found it ironic and hysterical that these so called high-end italian cashmere ties were balled up, wrinkled and scattered about in a bin on the floor at each location I visited). The sales people probably have to check the price tag to know that they are supposed to be considered "high end". Also the width was sooo skinny that you could not get away with wearing one in any respectable office environment. I really think GQ is misleading. They look great in the pages of magazines but in real life you will get laughed at in a meeting. Good from far, but far from good as they say. Lastly, was the price. They run around $150 a piece. Enough said. The ties belonged at Men's Express not a reputable store like Bergdorf. I'm all about innovation and creativeness but these hipsters have been committing highway robbery lately. Slap one of these guys on the pages of GQ and mention they have a degree from an Ivy and all hell breaks lose. Is anyone else with me on this? I'd put money on it that these will be at a thrift store near you in 2-3 years.