Mailing a Tie

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  1. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    What is considered the proper way to mail a necktie? The pre-owned Kilgour tie I just received from the UK was mailed to Ohio in a wrapping labeled as made for ties, but it was folded several times and came with the expected creases. I tried to iron these out - very carefully, as I know ironing any silk tie can be problematic - and there is still some minor creasing. Are ties supposed to be sent only rolled up? That doesn't seem so feasible. They are typically folded in stores when on display, though sometimes, I know, they are rolled.:stirpot:
     
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    My tie maker sends them in the clear plastic sleeve without additional folding
     
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    Hang it up in the bathroom while you take a shower so the steam helps to allow the wrinkles to come out of it. Hang it up when you aren't wearing it, the wrinkles will come out of it.
     
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    The wrinkles will just come out after a couple of wears. Do not steam it in the bathroom as suggested above.
     
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    I'll read this later; thanks. However, I decided to iron the tie I purchased at Kilgour in 2007, sprayed on one of the typical steam preparations, and it appeared to stain the tie (first it just looked damp but the discoloration didn't come off. I took it to one of the better dry cleaners in town and he scolde me, saying one should never spray this sort of thing on a silk tie and I might as well throw it out now. I was not happy, of course.
     
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    In the past I received some ties ruined by bad packaging.

    They returned better than new brushing the creasing with a soft horsehair brush after repeated iron hot vapor jet (with Iron at 15/20cm from the fabric)

    Never Iron a tie!, It's like press a lapel roll, it will kill the shape.
     
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    Lafont,


    A good question.

    The tie should be folded (not rolled) with a layer of soft tissue paper inside to help avoid wrinkles then placed in a plastic sleeve - then put in a two piece gift box then put in a shipping box. The gift box and shipping box should be custom made to fit the ties.

    Pressing ties is fine if you are very good at it and avoid the edges.

    Steaming ties in the bathroom can work very well.

    Spraying ties can be risky as you can get water spots but again can be done if you know exactly what you are doing.
     
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    Lafont,


    You are welcome - one more thought - the interlining of the tie is important for wrinkle resistance - it should be a good quality wool - which is typically only made in Italy.
     

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