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Men's Neckwear: Why do you choose what you choose?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hunterxgatherer, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. hunterxgatherer

    hunterxgatherer Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I am thinking about starting a Men's Neckwear line and had a few questions for my fellow dressy peers. When purchasing a tie, what are the deciding factors in buying a tie?

    I have a little over 100 ties and find myself buying them for various reasons, but wanted to get an idea of what is important to others.

    Along with price, I personally love design and color.

    Thoughts?
     


  2. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Distinguished Member

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    whether they will be SF-approved or not

    that is to say, if they've been endorsed by StyleForum iCelebrities
     
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  3. hunterxgatherer

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    Huh, I guess that makes sense. Who are these iCelebrities? I demand to speak to them now! [​IMG]

    I guess the good thing is that SF seems to be a really good spot to receive advice. I have been a lurker for a while and over the past year have seen many come to the rescue of noobs such as myself.
     


  4. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    As with everything clothing-related, it's fabric, construction, fit, and price. Fit-wise, I look for ties that are 3.5" wide. I can maybe deviate .25" from this, especially on the downside, but any farther and it's a deal-breaker. Construction-wise, I like untipped ties with some nice hand-rolled edges.
     


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    add911_11 Distinguished Member

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    I am a fan of 3.5 wide ties as well, mostly silk ties, favourite cheap place is Tie Rack, favourite expensive place Bulgari, both very easy to find in Hong Kong
     


  6. hunterxgatherer

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    Thats interesting, I prefer 3-3.25 wide ties, though I have my fair share of 3.5.
    May I ask why you guys prefer the 3.5 wide tie?





    Thats interesting, I prefer tie 3.25 wide ties, though I have my fair share of 3.5.
     


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    I am also a fan of ties that are 3.5 inches wide (I don't like really skinny ties). Construction is important, as some ties make a better knot than others. I prefer woven silk ties over prints. Also, I don't like ties in materials other than silk (such as cashmere or wool). I am generally not a fan of floral designs on ties, although on a rare occasion if the color and design work with a suit I might buy one.
     
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  8. hunterxgatherer

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    That is interesting, seeing as how I have my own fair share of 3.5 ties, I prefer the 3.25 ties but can definitely go down to 3.

    Any reason why you dont prefer the skinnies? But then again 3.5 is just classic and timeless







     


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    Having a small number of ties, I look for versatility. That may change if I wear ties to work but for now, I have about 10 ties that need to cover all situations. So solids and simple patterns. 3.25" is my preferred width since it can work with skinnier and wider lapels. I love textured ties like wool or grenadine.
     


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    Having a decently large amount of ties, I look for ties that I like. Really, just color and pattern that I like. I'm willing to compromise width and supposed quality (I have not noticed huge differences in tie quality above a certain minimal standard).
     
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    I'm wonder if I am alone here, but if I see a gorgeous tie but it's an inferior brand, I won't buy it. I have faith in certain names and I stick to those.
     


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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Me too! Where are these bastards?
     


  13. hunterxgatherer

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    I have never been one to nitpick because of brand, but I do agree with quality. What do you consider as inferior? Usually good branding and good quality go hand in hand, but sometimes, thats not the case.
     


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    Nothing narrower than 3.75 in (9.525 cm)
    Must be an overall pattern/ stripe or solid.
     


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    I tend to prefer ties with tails that are a little wider, allowing for a somewhat elongated knot on the FIH (or double FIH, depending on the silk's thickness). Other than that, malleability is quite important for achieving a successful dimple. For width, I tend to stick to 3.25" - 3.5", but will stray if there is a particular pattern or color that I like.
     


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