How to tie your tie

September 4th 2013

Dear Simon, Ties and their lengths are causing me some problems.
I have bought several ties recently, all from Drake’s, but realise that they are slightly too long. Being 5’6’’ I know I am not the tallest of peopl but then, ...

How to tie your tie

Dear Simon, Ties and their lengths are causing me some problems.
I have bought several ties recently, all from Drake’s, but realise that they are slightly too long. Being 5’6’’ I know I am not the tallest of pe...

TiesSeptember 4th 2013

How to buy a quality tie

June 12th 2013

A quality tie has greater lustre, greater life and, perhaps, lends its wearer a greater sense of authority. But it’s not as easy as just spending more money. It is easy to analyse though. Made of silk, wrapped around some kind of lining and ...

How to buy a quality tie

   A quality tie has greater lustre, greater life and, perhaps, lends its wearer a greater sense of authority. But it’s not as easy as just spending more money. It is easy to analyse though. Made of silk, wrapped aro...

TiesJune 12th 2013

Reader question: How to wear a bow tie

February 14th 2013

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Reader question: How to wear a bow tie

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Style - TiesFebruary 14th 2013

The printing and aesthetics of Drake’s ties

September 7th 2012

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The printing and aesthetics of Drake’s ties

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TiesSeptember 7th 2012

Permanent Style x Passaggio Cravatte: regimental ties

August 27th 2012

Following our r ecent project with Italian tiemaker Passaggio Cravatte, I’m pleased to offer the second iteration of this collaboration, focusing on regimental ties. (You can see the samples at the bottom of the post.) For anyone who missed the...

Permanent Style x Passaggio Cravatte: regimental ties

Following our r ecent project with Italian tiemaker Passaggio Cravatte, I’m pleased to offer the second iteration of this collaboration, focusing on regimental ties. (You can see the samples at the bottom of the post.)...

TiesAugust 27th 2012

Jeans with a shirt and tie

July 25th 2012

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Jeans with a shirt and tie

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Denim - StyleJuly 25th 2012

Passaggio Cravatte ties

June 1st 2012

There isn’t much to the making of a good tie – a slip stitch, good silk – but it’s surprising how few ties there are out there that I rate. Tiny things in cut, design and cloth make a big difference. One tie maker who contacte...

Passaggio Cravatte ties

There isn’t much to the making of a good tie – a slip stitch, good silk – but it’s surprising how few ties there are out there that I rate. Tiny things in cut, design and cloth make a big difference. One tie make...

TiesJune 1st 2012

Combining pattern and colour in shirts and ties

April 23rd 2012

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Combining pattern and colour in shirts and ties

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Shirts - StyleApril 23rd 2012

Reader question: Looking after ties

April 16th 2012

Dear Simon, Having read with great interest all your articles (over many, many hours – I am a late-comer to your site) I have been amassing information. Now that I have actually started to purchase clothes etc, the question I have of ties, whic...

Reader question: Looking after ties

Dear Simon, Having read with great interest all your articles (over many, many hours – I am a late-comer to your site) I have been amassing information. Now that I have actually started to purchase clothes etc, the que...

Reader questions - TiesApril 16th 2012

Sette ties: true seven folds

April 9th 2012

I am asked fairly regularly to review ties, often produced by new, small companies. Ties are, I suppose, quite easy to sell online and the lower costs of doing so makes them an obvious product to start with. But it surprises me how few of these I lik...

Sette ties: true seven folds

I am asked fairly regularly to review ties, often produced by new, small companies. Ties are, I suppose, quite easy to sell online and the lower costs of doing so makes them an obvious product to start with. But it surpr...

TiesApril 9th 2012

A short guide to ties

February 29th 2012

Printed (50oz royal twill)As more men wear ties to work again, it is important to understand the small but important differences between the textures of ties. This is essentially what drives the formality of a tie, and many men when returning to ties...

A short guide to ties

Printed (50oz royal twill)As more men wear ties to work again, it is important to understand the small but important differences between the textures of ties. This is essentially what drives the formality of a tie, and m...

TiesFebruary 29th 2012

The slip stitch: The secret of a good tie

November 4th 2011

A recent piece in City AM by Permanent Style sung the praises of the slip stitch, and gave some advice on maintennace: article here.

The slip stitch: The secret of a good tie

A recent piece in City AM by Permanent Style sung the praises of the slip stitch, and gave some advice on maintennace: article here....

TiesNovember 4th 2011

Going tieless; Hemingway Tailors suit

September 21st 2011

Without a tie, men lose the biggest opportunity to express themselves easily in colour and pattern. But I don’t like wearing a tie every day either. The key if you’re not going to wear a tie is to add accents elsewhere, such as in a pocke...

Going tieless; Hemingway Tailors suit

Without a tie, men lose the biggest opportunity to express themselves easily in colour and pattern. But I don’t like wearing a tie every day either. The key if you’re not going to wear a tie is to add accents elsewhe...

Style - SuitsSeptember 21st 2011

Suit, Shirt, Tie 1: Pink and green

August 24th 2011

One of my favourite colour combinations is pink and green. The pink here is pale, too pale perhaps to be portrayed accurately in the photo, but it provides a subtle field of colour for green to play on. The green tie, from Neapolitan maker Isaia, is ...

Suit, Shirt, Tie 1: Pink and green

One of my favourite colour combinations is pink and green. The pink here is pale, too pale perhaps to be portrayed accurately in the photo, but it provides a subtle field of colour for green to play on. The green tie, fr...

Shirts - StyleAugust 24th 2011

Naples, Kiton: ties

August 19th 2011

There is one essential to a quality tie: the slip stitch. This is a loose, hand-sewn stitch along the length of the tie, usually finishing in a loop of excess thread at its smaller end. It enables the tie to move along its length, and recover after b...

Naples, Kiton: ties

There is one essential to a quality tie: the slip stitch. This is a loose, hand-sewn stitch along the length of the tie, usually finishing in a loop of excess thread at its smaller end. It enables the tie to move along i...

TiesAugust 19th 2011

Naples, E Marinella, made to measure tie result

August 12th 2011

The making of my Marinella tie hasn’t quite gone according to plan. When I received it – admittedly very quickly, after little more than a week – the length was correct but it was the standard width at the bottleneck. As I explained...

Naples, E Marinella, made to measure tie result

The making of my Marinella tie hasn’t quite gone according to plan. When I received it – admittedly very quickly, after little more than a week – the length was correct but it was the standard width at the bottlene...

TiesAugust 12th 2011

Naples, E Marinella – made to measure tie

July 27th 2011

It’s easy to be fussy about ties; they are such flimsy things. One can become obsessive about getting the length right, or fiddle with the knot throughout the day. The latter, of course, undermines any impression of easy style. A perfect dimple...

Naples, E Marinella – made to measure tie

It’s easy to be fussy about ties; they are such flimsy things. One can become obsessive about getting the length right, or fiddle with the knot throughout the day. The latter, of course, undermines any impression of ea...

TiesJuly 27th 2011

Five tips on shirts and ties

July 4th 2011

The combination of suit, shirt and tie that a man selects in the morning is certainly not the most important thing about what he wears. That would be the quality and fit of the articles themselves. But picking good combinations remains the thing men ...

Five tips on shirts and ties

The combination of suit, shirt and tie that a man selects in the morning is certainly not the most important thing about what he wears. That would be the quality and fit of the articles themselves. But picking good combi...

Shirts - TiesJuly 4th 2011

New versions of Sam Cundey’s special red tie

May 2nd 2011

The Henry Poole burgundy that was seen as the lining and overcheck on my DB suit has always been used as the colour for the Sam Cundey special red tie. This year that is being expanded into a full range of ties on the same, indivudal weave design. Th...

New versions of Sam Cundey’s special red tie

The Henry Poole burgundy that was seen as the lining and overcheck on my DB suit has always been used as the colour for the Sam Cundey special red tie. This year that is being expanded into a full range of ties on the s...

TiesMay 2nd 2011

Unlined ties at Panta Clothing

June 11th 2010

Ed Morel over at new New York company Panta has started making ties as part of his offering (see prevous post on his superb trousers here) and I received a couple last week. Though the ties are made in New York, they all use English silks and wools. ...

Unlined ties at Panta Clothing

Ed Morel over at new New York company Panta has started making ties as part of his offering (see prevous post on his superb trousers here) and I received a couple last week. Though the ties are made in New York, they all...

TiesJune 11th 2010

Options on pockets, and avoiding a tie

May 5th 2010

Gentlemen, the brown, brook or rainbow Esquire April 1935, “Brown, by the way, is a new colour for trout-fishing boots. The notion being that they are much less readily discernible to the fish. Other features of the outfit on the left are t...

Options on pockets, and avoiding a tie

Gentlemen, the brown, brook or rainbow Esquire April 1935, “Brown, by the way, is a new colour for trout-fishing boots. The notion being that they are much less readily discernible to the fish. Other features of th...

TiesMay 5th 2010

Different ways to give a tie spring

February 5th 2010

A good tie has some form of ‘spring mechanism’ so that, after you have untied it roughly, tugged it out of your collar and hung it up, the mechanism gradually returns it to its natural shape. This is achieved through the slip stitch, whic...

Different ways to give a tie spring

A good tie has some form of ‘spring mechanism’ so that, after you have untied it roughly, tugged it out of your collar and hung it up, the mechanism gradually returns it to its natural shape. This is achieved through...

TiesFebruary 5th 2010

Tie facts from Peckham Rye

February 3rd 2010

Following on from the last, rather popular post on Peckham Rye and Hunter’s founders David Walker and Martin Brighty, here are some more insights from the interview: – When you turn a tie in your hand and it seems to change colour sli...

Tie facts from Peckham Rye

Following on from the last, rather popular post on Peckham Rye and Hunter’s founders David Walker and Martin Brighty, here are some more insights from the interview: – When you turn a tie in your hand and it seem...

TiesFebruary 3rd 2010

Three tips on ties

January 21st 2010

This post refers to ‘three more tips’ because way back in April 2008 I wrote a post called Two Tips on Ties. I think the alliteration rather pleased me at the time. That was a discussion about the best way to get a nice dimple in a tie kn...

Three tips on ties

This post refers to ‘three more tips’ because way back in April 2008 I wrote a post called Two Tips on Ties. I think the alliteration rather pleased me at the time. That was a discussion about the best way to get a n...

TiesJanuary 21st 2010

Wear a contrast tie with a contrast collar

December 18th 2009

A shirt with cuffs and collar (usually white) that are a different colour to the body is not easy to wear well. Sometimes known as a contrast collar, it is more often worn badly than flatteringly. It should be a slightly unusual part of a man’s...

Wear a contrast tie with a contrast collar

A shirt with cuffs and collar (usually white) that are a different colour to the body is not easy to wear well. Sometimes known as a contrast collar, it is more often worn badly than flatteringly. It should be a slightly...

Style - TiesDecember 18th 2009