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It is not the cleaning but the inevitable pressing afterwards which most harms a tie, and the latter can be avoided if a cleaner is warned beforehand. Nonetheless a tie should not be cleaned unless it shows visible marks or stains. The death of a much-loved tie invariably results from the fraying of the wide blade's bottom edges, which usually happens long before any other part of the tie wears out. The solution is to have the tie shortened by half an inch, which many alterations tailors will do if asked...[more]

Posted at 7:30pm by Jackson Kolos | 30 comments

'When the fabric of the tie permits (if it is silk twill or a supple Jacquard silk, for example), a beautiful effect can be obtained by using the index finger to press a slight convex cavity into the tie just below the knot. The French call this little hollow a cuillère, which means spoon or scoop' explains François Chaille in The Book of Ties. This hollow is called a dimple in English, and it is best suited to wide and medium width ties. But while one dimple is smart, two is very much an affectation...[more]

Posted at 12:30pm by Jensen Ackles | 105 comments

We will not talk about the color or pattern of ties here, apart from saying that two ties are essential in any man's wardrobe: a solid navy tie in woven silk; and a solid black tie in woven or knitted silk. An undecorated navy tie never goes amiss, whether it is worn with a pair of jeans, a blazer or a morning suit. Plain black ties, despite their relatively recent exclusive association with funerals, have long been a favorite of James Bond and Italian men...[more]

Posted at 9:30am by Harvey Wendos | 49 comments