^ really good advice, TC - and probably the longest post I have ever seen you make. You mean this one? Well, I thought mine was wearable, but maybe a few of you might not agree Its bordeaux though, not purple. My issue with TB's, is that while the color is nice, the generic pattern and loose knit weave to the silk make it look a bit mall-brand-ish. What I have learned in my adventures in neckwear, is I gravitate towards very unique patterns - as many of you might know. This one just looks kind of - blah. Its hard to put in words, I hope that made a little sense. That's the one. Truth of the matter is I may have untrained eyes, but at least in the monitor, other than TB's having a bit more of sheen, I cannot tell that one is a cheapo tie and the other one is considerably more expensive/exclusive. I have seen ties with almost an exact pattern which are not "cheap" by any means. Sure, if I had both side by side, I would choose yours because I tend to like bolder/more unique patterns like yourself and TB's looks more "generic" in the sense a lot of ties have similar patterns. If that's what you meant, I think we're both in the same page. However, I can't understand some statements of other posters to the point that the tie is "unwearable". BTW, I think the way you combine the tie can make it or break it in the sense of how it looks. I agree combining a purple tie with a lilac shirt does not help matters much, and I have to confess I committed this faux pass a lot until very recently.