I really don't understand the appeal. I appreciate that the silk and craftsmanship are the very highest quality, but the blinding, iridescent shimmer and gauche patterns makes them totally unwearable for me. The one thing I really do admire is the history. The lost generation & gilded age apparently loved them. Take a look at some of these quotes: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Charvet_Place_Vendôme " ... his clothes might have cost a lot even if they were badly cut, and his tie, though rather loud, she recognized as a Charvet." W. Somerset Maugham, Theatre: a novel (1951), p.103 "I've brought you a tie from Charvet, Daddy." "Is it loud?" "Very." "Good." They were all so pleased with one another that they burst out laughing." W. Somerset Maugham, Christmas holiday (1953), p.303 "Shady young men in Charvet shirts sit round the bar repairing with powder-puff and lipstick the ravages of grenadine and crème de cacao." Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall (1928), p.33 "... tightening from time to time the knot of my magnificent Charvet tie and taking care not to soil my polished boots..." Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past (1922), p. 566 "Sebastian entered — dove-grey flannel, white crepe-de-Chine shirt, a Charvet tie, my tie as it happened, a pattern of postage stamps." Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (1945), p.31 "Old Nick had taken out a cambric handkerchief, one of a set of twelve he had bought a year ago, if you call it buying, at the establishment of M. Charvet in Paris..." P. G. Wodehouse, French Leave, (1956), p.182 "All he learned — from the clothes — was that the Count was a much-traveled man— shirts from Charvet..." Ian Fleming, Thunderball (1961), p.26 Do any of you guys regularly wear them?