Info: Best Ties List

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by heard546, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. heard546

    heard546 Senior member

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    The template for this listing and most of the content was originally developed by a member of Ask Andy forum. Thought I would peggy back on the original work to see if we can devleop a list with some ranking and price point for our members.

    Please add/modify the listing as you please. Your comments are welcomed.

    Here is so metrics to use to base your experience with a specific brand. Then, I can compile a list of ties with the metrics so members can have a guide to help him/her better understand neckwear accessories.

    Weight Material Colors Style Patterns Prices

    Rating Scale
    5 = Excellent
    4 = Great
    3 = Good
    2 = Satisfactory
    1 = Nothing special



    Tier 1
    Kiton
    Borrelli
    Attolini
    Isaia
    Bulgari
    Charvet
    Marinella
    Hermes

    Tier 2
    Brioni
    Isaia Napoli
    Stefano Ricci
    Nicky of Milan
    Luciano Barbera
    Drake (their 50-oz. model is hefty)
    Holliday & Brown
    Turnbull & Asser
    Massimo Bizzocchi
    Breuer
    Robert Talbott (the sevenfolds and Best of Class lines)
    Zegna (but not the Villa Bolgheri line)
    Canali

    Tier 3
    Ike Behar New York
    Altea
    Pucci
    FIHTies
    Dolce & Gabbana
    Zegna Villa Bolgheri line
    Versace
    Armani
    Hugo Boss
    Faconnable
    Duchamp
    Ted Baker
    Paul Smith
    Ralph Lauren Purple Label (purportedly made by Altea)
    Robert Talbott Chelsea line
    Brooks Brothers
    Jhane Barnes
    Hickey Freeman
    RL Polo (Blue Label)
    Vineyard Vines


    -tony
     
  2. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    I would add Ricci to the tier 1 list
     
  3. fcuknu

    fcuknu Senior member

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    Zegna NC to Tier 1?
     
  4. TIEALIGN

    TIEALIGN Senior member

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    I would move Hermes from Tier 1 to Tier 2 which shows how subjective this list would really be.
     
  5. JustinW

    JustinW Senior member

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    + Ben Sherman to T3
     
  6. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I hate to be a downer, but I see very little sense to this kind of list. Ties are really subjective and even the parts that are objective can reflect preferences that are subjective. For example, Hermes is either top tier or crap, depending on whether you like their kind of silk and lining. And that is aside from whether you like their prints.

    What you can try to do is identify those manufacturers that put 100% effort into making their kind of tie as well as possible. Most of your Tier II fits in that category, and I am sure some of Tier III does as well.
     
  7. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Ties are really subjective and even the parts that are objective can reflect preferences that are subjective.

    +1000. We can lock this thread now.
     
  8. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Add Alfani to Tier 2.
     
  9. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Instead of the best tie brands, let's go for broke:

    The top ten individual neckties ever made.

    I have three. The rest of you can squabble over the remaining seven.

    Who's with me?


    - B
     
  10. bmulford

    bmulford Senior member

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    A list like this without Barba is like starting a poll without the Anne Hathway option.
     
  11. RJmanbearpig

    RJmanbearpig Senior member

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    Paging iammatt -- I don't see any Seaman & Spearn.
     
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    JDelage Senior member

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    I think this is worth trying to compile, but the best way to do so would be using some kind of poll...
     
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    awxg Senior member

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    Rubinacci to T1?
     
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    A list like this without Barba is like starting a poll without the Anne Hathway option.

    +1. At least on the Barba part.
     
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    idfnl Senior member

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    I hate to be a downer, but I see very little sense to this kind of list. Ties are really subjective and even the parts that are objective can reflect preferences that are subjective. For example, Hermes is either top tier or crap, depending on whether you like their kind of silk and lining. And that is aside from whether you like their prints.

    What you can try to do is identify those manufacturers that put 100% effort into making their kind of tie as well as possible. Most of your Tier II fits in that category, and I am sure some of Tier III does as well.


    I dont think this list is senseless at all. In fact, its helpful to me to try and understand who tries the hardest to make a quality product. It also introduces me to some names I have not heard of before.

    While I agree 100% its subjective, it still serves the purpose of giving opinions and debating on the merits, more than some of the threads I've seen can say (and I've started some of those).
     

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