I'm curious about answers to this one, because posters on this board are just fanatical about wearing the best ties. I have my fair share of expensive ties -- Zegna, Talbott, etc. -- but every once in a while I'll be at Marshall's and see a fantastic City of London or Perry Ellis for like 10 bucks. Case in point, I picked up a Perry Ellis Portfolio for 10 bucks the other day. It is tarheel blue with white and darker blue stripes. It has a wonderful glow and ties a great knot. The third party observer, I'm sure, could not tell it apart from my much more expensive ties. Does anyone else ever find that "lesser brands" can sometimes produce gems? Also, if you don't, what qualities do you think such brands ALWAYS lack?