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Renault, why don't you think that tie can be worn more? That is BEAUTIFUL. I wish it were mine. What kind is it? Where did you get it? That color is perfect and it is "in" right now as well. Wear the damn thing..My favorite tie:When I saw, it my jaw dropped. Â I still think it's the most beautiful tie I've ever seen. Â Unfortunately, it's also the tie I can wear the least because of the color. Â The picture doesn't do it justice, but because it's nighttime, I had no choice but you use the flash. Looking forward to seeing others' favorites.
I'm not much of an expert on tie construction quality. Â I don't even own any seven-folds, for instance. Â For overall construction & feel, my subjective favorite among the ones I posted is that H&K pink/blue tie...it's heavy yet wonderfully soft, and ties a great knot. Â For objective criteria, I guess I'd include: - weight (heavy enough not to fold up or flop around?) - trueness (cut on bias? hangs straight?) - knot quality - drape (fabric soft/flexible/"independent" enough to hang smoothly w/o bunching or rippling?) From my experiences buying various XMI ties on ebay and on sale, they seem to vary a lot in quality. Â The ones in the picture were 2004 designs and have substantial heft, great silks, and compare favorably to the Talbotts (as do most of the XMIs available at my local Nordstroms--the Trussardi I have is also quite similar to these in feel). Â I notice they are a bit stiffer overall and thusdo not "drape" quite as well as the H&K or my Talbotts--I think some of this depends on the size and thread orientation of the repeating pattern in woven ties. Â I've been very unimpressed with several older XMIs I've acquired through ebay--coarse fabrics, or flimsy, insubstantial interlining, and that includes some Platinums. Â So I'd advise sticking to the newer collections with XMI. Â The Tyrwhitt ties also come in different flavors, but I think the higher grades (i.e., handmade) hold their own nicely. Â I also like their designs in general. Â That repp tie in the photo is maybe a shade bulky, but I'm still quite pleased with it. Â The real advantages with Tyrwhitt are the potential for discounts and how well they match their ties with specific shirts. Â I've got a number of "striking" ties that were irresistible at the sale rack but are still unworn b/c I haven't quite figured out how they fit in yet. Â That's never been a problem with CT. Hope that helps... Adam C.Could you comment on the quality of the XMI and Tyrwhitt ties? They seem to be very inexpensive from time to time, and I really like the patterns/colors of some ties from both brands (but am also turned off a lot by some ties from both brands as well). How do they stack up against, say, your Robert Talbott BoCs?