The tie

The tie as we know it today was invented by Jesse Langsdorf in 1926 in New York city. Until then the ties were being made of one single piece of material which made the tie ware out rapidly and also form ugly creases near the knot.  J.L. found the solution by cutting the fabric on a 45 degree angle and sewing the tie together from 3 pieces of material instead of one.
How a tie feels when you touch it is one of the most important factors in determining the quality of a tie; it should not be very thin and plasticky, it should be solid and have a certain weight to it. Aside from touching it , there are also some manufacturing techniques that can indicate if you’re dealing with poor quality tie or a good one: the self-tipping technique, the seven fold .

A self-tipped tie is a tie where the manufacturer used the same fabric for both the body and the stitching of the tie:

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A seven fold tie is a tie made of a big piece of fabric which is folded seven times to form the tie:

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Although most ties are made of silk , in winter time the woven ties and the knitted ties are also popular:

 

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The woven tie goes especially well with a tweed suit:

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Personally I would take a wool tie over a silk tie any day and this is because the silk tie does not stay in place, you constantly have to adjust it while the wool tie stays in place better, especially the dimple:

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Wear the tie correctly:

– the knot has to be tight not loose and on the shirt collar, with no space between:

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– if you want some space and a loosen knot then you also have to undo your shirt button:

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– the correct lengh of the tie is when the tip touches the belt buckle:

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– DON’T EVER EVER wear a tie with a short sleeve shirt. Short sleeve shirts shouldn’t exist in a stylish man’s wardrobe:

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