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Wine Red Grenadine Necktie by Jay Kos
The solid color and rich texture of the grenadine necktie make it one of the most versatile and elegant ties one can buy.  A good color goes with almost anything and always looks sharp.
Starts at $9.99, ends Tuesday

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Wine Red Grenadine Necktie by Jay Kos

The solid color and rich texture of the grenadine necktie make it one of the most versatile and elegant ties one can buy.  A good color goes with almost anything and always looks sharp.

Starts at $9.99, ends Tuesday

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New & Lingwood Woven Tie with “Space Invaders” theme
Don’t say I never did anything for you, geeks.
$30 Buy It Now (Retail about $85)

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New & Lingwood Woven Tie with “Space Invaders” theme

Don’t say I never did anything for you, geeks.

$30 Buy It Now (Retail about $85)

Harris Tweed Neckties for $30
You won’t get much wear out of them before the weather turns warm, but you’ll be glad to have them come October.  Hats & caps are quite reasonably priced, as well.
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Harris Tweed Neckties for $30

You won’t get much wear out of them before the weather turns warm, but you’ll be glad to have them come October.  Hats & caps are quite reasonably priced, as well.

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Q and Answer
Ian writes:
You recently posted about a $60 tie. My immediate thought when I saw it (and whenever I see any shop that sells what I would term expensive ties) was are they really worth it? What do I get for my money? All my ties are £3 jobs from vintage shops or £9 things off the high street. I even bought a plain black tie for 100 yen when I desperately needed one that I still wear.The second part of my question is this: am I only failing to see the value of more expensive ties because I find it absurd that a tie can cost more than any shirt I own and about half as much as any suit I own? Would you agree that it is absurd to wear a £60 tie if you only own a £120 suit?
Let’s start with this: is there a difference between a cheap tie and an expensive tie?  The answer is an unequivocal “yes.”
The essential component in a tie is a piece of pretty fabric, usually silk.  In a cheap tie, this silk is of poor quality - less attractive, prone to damage, lightweight, poorly printed.  In the best ties, the silk is richer, thicker and more attractive.
In cheap ties, the manufacturers make every effort to use as little silk as possible.  That means wrapping their thin layer of silk around a piece of wool, which provides the heft needed to make a knot.  In good ties, this lining is of higher quality, and the secondary silk which covers the backside of the front blade is made of this same silk.  In the best ties, the whole tie is made of silk, as pictured above.
The quality of these materials is apparent to the eye, but perhaps the most important quality indicator for a necktie is the quality of the knot.  Poor quality neckties tie poorly - their knots lose their dimples, they lack the weight to remain uniform and so on.
Does that mean you should buy expensive neckties?  Like any other piece of clothing, that depends on your means and your will.
Certainly I don’t recommend buying most neckties at full price.  There are inexpensive neckties - like those from Lands’ End - which will give you solid if unspectacular quality and are often on sale.  There are department store brands, like, say, Facconable (usually made by the French maker Breuer) which can similarly be found in the world’s Nordstrom Racks for $30 or so.  And of course, if you have the time and a good eye, the necktie is the one item that for the vast majority of men always fits, so it’s the perfect item to buy at thrift and consignment stores.
Of course, there are challenges to this budget approach.  The main one is that you’re generally picking through others’ cast-offs.  The things at the thrift, the things on sale, they’re always something someone else didn’t want.  That means, above all, that you will find lots of oddities and very few basics.  This is true of thrift stores and sales and discount stores and the whole nine yards.  When you’re dressing with oddities, you will need many more items of clothing than when you’re dressing with basics.
I find though that there are generally two kinds of men.  One has many, many neckties.  Whether acquired through expensive or inexpensive means, they have more ties than they can reasonably wear.  That person would benefit from passing on five or six $10 ties to buy a quality tie in a classic style for $60.
The other is the man with two or three ties.  Again, this is a man who for $180 could assure that he would look good, not passable, for the next ten years’ worth of necktie-required events.  When you’re spending $1000 to fly to a wedding, perhaps it’s not crazy to spend $60 on a nice tie.

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Ian writes:

You recently posted about a $60 tie. My immediate thought when I saw it (and whenever I see any shop that sells what I would term expensive ties) was are they really worth it? What do I get for my money? All my ties are £3 jobs from vintage shops or £9 things off the high street. I even bought a plain black tie for 100 yen when I desperately needed one that I still wear.

The second part of my question is this: am I only failing to see the value of more expensive ties because I find it absurd that a tie can cost more than any shirt I own and about half as much as any suit I own? Would you agree that it is absurd to wear a £60 tie if you only own a £120 suit?

Let’s start with this: is there a difference between a cheap tie and an expensive tie?  The answer is an unequivocal “yes.”

The essential component in a tie is a piece of pretty fabric, usually silk.  In a cheap tie, this silk is of poor quality - less attractive, prone to damage, lightweight, poorly printed.  In the best ties, the silk is richer, thicker and more attractive.

In cheap ties, the manufacturers make every effort to use as little silk as possible.  That means wrapping their thin layer of silk around a piece of wool, which provides the heft needed to make a knot.  In good ties, this lining is of higher quality, and the secondary silk which covers the backside of the front blade is made of this same silk.  In the best ties, the whole tie is made of silk, as pictured above.

The quality of these materials is apparent to the eye, but perhaps the most important quality indicator for a necktie is the quality of the knot.  Poor quality neckties tie poorly - their knots lose their dimples, they lack the weight to remain uniform and so on.

Does that mean you should buy expensive neckties?  Like any other piece of clothing, that depends on your means and your will.

Certainly I don’t recommend buying most neckties at full price.  There are inexpensive neckties - like those from Lands’ End - which will give you solid if unspectacular quality and are often on sale.  There are department store brands, like, say, Facconable (usually made by the French maker Breuer) which can similarly be found in the world’s Nordstrom Racks for $30 or so.  And of course, if you have the time and a good eye, the necktie is the one item that for the vast majority of men always fits, so it’s the perfect item to buy at thrift and consignment stores.

Of course, there are challenges to this budget approach.  The main one is that you’re generally picking through others’ cast-offs.  The things at the thrift, the things on sale, they’re always something someone else didn’t want.  That means, above all, that you will find lots of oddities and very few basics.  This is true of thrift stores and sales and discount stores and the whole nine yards.  When you’re dressing with oddities, you will need many more items of clothing than when you’re dressing with basics.

I find though that there are generally two kinds of men.  One has many, many neckties.  Whether acquired through expensive or inexpensive means, they have more ties than they can reasonably wear.  That person would benefit from passing on five or six $10 ties to buy a quality tie in a classic style for $60.

The other is the man with two or three ties.  Again, this is a man who for $180 could assure that he would look good, not passable, for the next ten years’ worth of necktie-required events.  When you’re spending $1000 to fly to a wedding, perhaps it’s not crazy to spend $60 on a nice tie.

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Grenadine ties from J. Press
As I’ve explained before, there is no more wearable necktie than the grenadine.  The solid color makes it exceptionally easy to pair with a broad range of shirts and coats, and the texture makes it, well, not dull.  Burgundy, navy and black grenadines are absolute staples - you could, honestly, be well dressed with just those three ties.
$59.62 (from $79.50) from J. Press

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Grenadine ties from J. Press

As I’ve explained before, there is no more wearable necktie than the grenadine.  The solid color makes it exceptionally easy to pair with a broad range of shirts and coats, and the texture makes it, well, not dull.  Burgundy, navy and black grenadines are absolute staples - you could, honestly, be well dressed with just those three ties.

$59.62 (from $79.50) from J. Press

The Cordial Churchman makes custom bow ties - for $23 each.  What started as a sewing project for a husband who wanted a seersucker bowtie is now a business, and Ellie Laveer Stager now makes bows in all styles from any fabric you like (or some of the fabrics she has on hand).  Above is the Woolyman.

The Cordial Churchman makes custom bow ties - for $23 each.  What started as a sewing project for a husband who wanted a seersucker bowtie is now a business, and Ellie Laveer Stager now makes bows in all styles from any fabric you like (or some of the fabrics she has on hand).  Above is the Woolyman.

The silk grenadine tie is so-called for its distinctively textured weave.  It’s typically (though not exclusively) manufactured in solid colors.  The value of the grenadine tie is that its solid color makes it easy to pair with busier shirts and coats, and its texture gives it visual interest.  This makes the grenadine the perfect jack-of-all-trades tie, particularly in simple colors like black, navy and burgundy.  Many designers make grenadines from time to time, but you can reliably find them at J. Press, Paul Stuart and Turnbull & Asser.  For a similar price (but a longer wait), they can be ordered bespoke from Sam Hober, who will make them to your length & width specifications.

The silk grenadine tie is so-called for its distinctively textured weave.  It’s typically (though not exclusively) manufactured in solid colors.  The value of the grenadine tie is that its solid color makes it easy to pair with busier shirts and coats, and its texture gives it visual interest.  This makes the grenadine the perfect jack-of-all-trades tie, particularly in simple colors like black, navy and burgundy.  Many designers make grenadines from time to time, but you can reliably find them at J. Press, Paul Stuart and Turnbull & Asser.  For a similar price (but a longer wait), they can be ordered bespoke from Sam Hober, who will make them to your length & width specifications.