In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the publication reported that tie makers, whose sales have slumped in recent years with more casual business ware, have turned to high-end ties. The reason? This is the one area of the tie market that is growing by leaps and bounds. Ties more than $100 made of high quality fabrics and presented in upscale packaging are selling better than ever before. It seems if children want to buy their dads a tie for Father’s Day, then they want to buy him a tie that is the height of luxury.
Why a High-End Tie?
Does it really make a difference if a tie is expensive or cheap? Will anyone be able to tell the difference? The answer is yes, probably anyway. High-end ties are made from luxurious silks or fabrics like cashmere. Even to the untrained eye, the quality difference between fine silk and a cheap polyester is immediately noticeable. In addition, most high-end ties are handmade with attention paid to every tiny detail, including the stitching. If you purchase directly from the designer, you may even find a tie that suits your build perfectly and is made to order to fit your torso.
A seven-fold tie is one of the most expensive types of ties to purchase. This type of tie is made from a single piece of silk (or other fabric) and is folded seven times over and over to create the tie. Some popular designers who make seven-fold ties include: Burberry, Talbott, Carlo Franco and Kiton. These ties start at $100 and go up from there.
Most Expensive Ties
There are some ties that stand out from the pack for their uniqueness. If you just have to have the greatest in luxury ties, then you might want to consider:
Satya Paul: This designer teamed up with Suashish Diamond Group to create a tie worth more than $200,000. The tie had a silk fabric with 150 grams of gold woven into the pattern. In addition to the fabric, the tie featured 271 diamonds totally 77 carats.
Stefano Ricci: This designer creates ties in a more modest $1,000 price range. These ties are studded with Swarovski crystals. The ties can be found at Neiman Marcus.
Some companies have begun offering limited edition ties. Although these ties may run only $40 or $50 at first glance, they are unique enough that not everyone at the country club will be wearing the same tie. Look for ties that speak out about a cause or hobby you are passionate about, one that is made with fine silk, and you can’t go wrong. Well, you can go wrong, because some ties are in really poor taste, so you might want to consult your personal shopper to be on the safe side.