Some might hesitate to ask the price of branded silk ties, questioning, it’s just the name we’re paying, only true to a certain extent. There is much more than the eye inherent in a hand-made, or machine-made tie, each price accordingly.
Quality by degrees, the difference between handmade, or machine-made, silk counting, individuality and general specifications: Interlining, muslin, wool, or synthetic fiber: Tipping; silk or taffeta: the brand; labeling, elf cycle, seams.
My goal was to make a comparison between the handmade and the machine made in less than 600 words. Having interacted at all points along the supply chain, from the concept of design to retail, I had to learn the basic constructs of a link and its components before I could honestly profess knowledge on the subject.
A hand made is identifiable by opening the small tip at the narrow end, you will notice a small thread of cotton rolled up. This is known as the slip thread and, despite the technological advances in sartorial trade can only be achieved by very skillful hands, its intensive work, then the additional cost.
Another thing that is worth mentioning is that you can only get one meter fabric ties.
From it there are three pieces, known as the blade, the reinforcement and the sub-cut; threaded together correctly to prevent the strap from twisting.
The anti-slip thread will guarantee a good seal for many years and the spring will return in shape after each use. And there is also less friction, prolonging its duration.
Now the scale of economies begins to favor.
However, not all budgets can stretch to this point, in these cases a good machine will be adequate enough, moreover, most of the non-professionals can not distinguish or even distinguish between silk and polyester.
The choice of fabrics from Italy, England, China and Japan is enviable, offering an endless selection of silks finely intertwined in any combination of colors and patterns that your heart could wish for.
They also vary depending on the number of silk and the method of death, both weighted and acid dyes.
The English weavers choose acid dyes, which translates into an iridescent, unweighted three-dimensional appearance; they require a much higher silk number to reach density, resulting in a raw brilliance and a luxurious handle all unique in England. Most of Savile’s tailors and many internationally renowned brands have traced a regular route to the doors of these custom weavers spread across the countryside.
Italian weavers are a completely different culture, preferring the muted colors emitted by rubber-based dyes. And the choice of colors is muted in comparison, shades of gray and black, or at the opposite end of the pastel color scale. Italian style is governed by the North of the South.
Nobody can compete with China on pure mass production, offering the masses a little luxury; 100% silk ties.
Today China is working more in the coalition with the West and less in the competition, since there are mutual benefits to be shared and passed on to the client.
In conclusion; there is no accounting for taste, suitable for style, no matter how big or small the cost is.
Here are some brands that stand out from all the others; Zegna, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Simon Carter, Duchamp and Victoria Richards. Other names worthy of note; mainly available online; Shane McCoubrey, Ian Flaherty, Patrick McMurray, Mira and Michelsons. All adhere to key elements of good design and have a constant flow and reflux of styles.
On the front of the twins, well this is another story apart.