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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. lennier

    lennier Senior member

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    Not on everything it seems. Just took a suit to Katrinas and they're charging me the same ($40) to take up sleeves as MJ Bale charged me last time. Should have just left it with them! Was expecting Katrinas might be close to half of that, but they're very busy lately and it looks like they may have bumped their prices accordingly, I've not been there in a while.
     
  2. lachyzee

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    True, my 7cm Kent Wang tie is not that noticeably different to my 8cm HC tie - except that it narrows substantially earlier. So it is much narrower at the point where the blade of the tie goes into the knot. Thus it doesn't dimple very well.

    To achieve a good dimple, I think that having a tie that stays fairly wide right until the knotting point is crucial. Otherwise there simply isn't enough material to make the dimple "W" shape.
     
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  4. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I must admit that before I started the business I had one of the Kent Wang pure cashmere ties and had the same issue getting it to dimple. It simply wasn't wide enough at the knot point and you make a good point about it not being the width of the tie so much as the width at the knot area that gives a good knot. Wasn't helped by my height also.
     
  5. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    Yeah if you're tallish you're going to have more issues with ties that narrow quickly, good point.
     
  6. md2010

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    $40 is cheap for sleeves. Most tailors will cost you $45 to take in sleeves in Sydney.
     
  7. Romp

    Romp Senior member

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    here is my list of ties that knot well.

    PJohnson, HC, Marinella, Paolo Albazatti, Frasi, old HB made in italy

    Not so good:
    HB new range, R&B, Vanda standard length (FIH good but not a DFIH due to length - customs from now)

    Drakes im hit and miss - depends alot on the material and some do appear thinner than others although the final width is the same (weird)
     
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    The chocolate brown is very beautiful though. Unfortunately Ludlows ran out :(
     
  9. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Yeah they go through them pretty quick. They have a very good market there Ludlows.
     
  10. Manuhiri

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    I do. Quite badly though.
     
  11. Prince of Paisley

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    Yeah the old Herringbone made in Italy ties were very good quality, especially how they tied a nice dimple. What's happened to HB's ties is a bloody shame really. Can't remember what full price was on the old stock but on sale they were pretty reasonable too (about $90 or so?)

    MJ Bale ties have some ok designs but they aren't a patch on the old HB ties, with a few exceptions. Mind you I think they are a lot better than 3 years ago... Certainly they don't tie anywhere near as nice a knot in my experience, but they are also a lot cheaper with their 2 for $100 deals and so on.

    Country Road believe it or not used to have some nice Italian ties a few years ago. Don't know what their current range is like... The Tie Rack also used to have some good quality gems though it's increasingly more and more poly rubbish... hunting for nice ties in TTR is about as close as I ever got to thrifting!
     
  12. Journeyman

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    Yes, unfortunately all of CR's ties are absolute rubbish nowadays, but I picked up a navy tie with red dots a few years back that is very nice.

    I also picked up a few faux-grenadines from the Tie Rack a few years ago, as well as a couple of reasonable printed pindot ties, but the last time I looked in there it was largely a wasteland.
     
  13. ColdEyedPugilist

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    The TM Lewin ones don't look half bad.

    Lotsa traditional solids, stripes, neats and spots in the collection at Myers.

    Not sure how well they knot though...
     
  14. lennier

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    Personally I think they knot quite nicely, and on sale are exceptional value. Not in the same league as HC, Drake etc of course, but for GBP20-30...
     
  15. ColdEyedPugilist

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    Sounds like great value.

    If I were a younger man just starting to build his work wardrobe, I'd definitely get some of the spots and neats on navy are dark red grounds.
     
  16. CHECKstar

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    I find that some of my best knots come from my older Lewin ties (probably about 3 or so years old). The trick with Lewin, in my work place anyway, is to try to avoid getting the same tie that half the floor is wearing.
     
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    Bought one of those from Men's Biz a while ago. It seems to work, but I've always wondered if it was just a placebo effect. Good to have someone else confirm my impression.
     
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    NM. Double post.
     
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    I have a few TM Lewin ties and they all tie a good knot that dimples well. You can often find them in op shops too, which makes them even better value.
     
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