To tie or not to tie?


This morning I was in a pollinator mood…

Wearing a tie can be a game changer. Ties can alter the mood and provoke many responses from the “signals” produced by the pattern, width, and design of a tie. We hypothesize the reason men have gone away from ties is less about the casualization of the American workplace and more to do with collars that don’t fit the neck comfortably.  There’s many reasons why men’s collars aren’t comfortable to wear buttoned up:

  1. Many men don’t know what their real collar size is, and they don’t understand the way that shrinkage changes the collar size during the first 3-5 commercial launderings.
  2. Even when they buy the correct size collar, after a year many ready made shirts (including some of the most expensive brands) have become smaller than the size they claim to be. This is directly related to the use of fusible interfacing in the majority of ready made shirt’s collars and cuffs
  3. Men have been buying smaller collars than they should to get slimmer body fits, and ignore the fact that the collar won’t be able to be buttoned comfortably.
  4. For many the collar size changes with age.

We tell new clients that 80% of the purchase of a custom shirt is in the creation of a collar that is both comfortable and whose design flatters the individual face shape of the wearer. We use sample collars in every 1/4″ increment of size to allow our clients to actually feel the size of the shirt AFTER shrinkage. Because we build our collars and cuffs without fusible interfacing, we can guarantee that even after years of repeated commercial launderings, the collar will still measure the size that we ordered.

**Our neckwear is a curated collection of unique and individualistic ties to complement the custom suits and shirts we produce. We generally buy only two of a pattern so that our clients won’t have the embarrassment of seeing others wearing the same tie. Our brands like Mila Schon, Dormeuil, Paulo Albuzatti, Italo Ferretti and Tino Cosma are chosen for their uniqueness in a variety of widths.