I’ve always loved Drake’s ties but found it hard to explain why. There isn’t that much to the making of a good tie, after all – just hand cutting and a slip stitch. The biggest difference is in the aesthetics: the dying of the silk and the design of the patterns. So I quizzed Michael Hill at Drake’s about it recently, to get to the bottom of some of these details.
The Drake’s silks are all now printed up in Macclesfield. While Michael thinks it is important at one level that the dye-and-discharge method is the original, traditional printing technique, the superior quality is the overriding factor.