Jane Bennett offer tips on how to select a silk tie for those businesspeople looking for quality ties.
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How to Choose a High Quality Silk Tie
Jane Bennet Clark Associate Editor
Jane: You probably buy them yourself but you have absolutely no idea how to go about choosing a good one. I’m Jane Bennet Clark of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and I’m talking about ties. Those bits of silk that started out as a king’s corvette and centuries later still add class for a man’s wardrobe.
How do you choose a tie that stands out from the crowd? First look at the tag. If it says that the silk was produced in England or Italy you’re off to a great start. Both countries are renowned for their design and milling technique. Next run your fingers over the fabric. A high quality, heavyweight silk feels luxurious and has a richness and depth of pattern that you won’t see in skimpier ties.
How are ties made tells you a lot about it’s quality. I’m with Craig Fox of William Fox & Company a men’s clothing store on G Street in Washington D.C a few blocks from the White House. Craig show us how a great tie is put together.
Craig: They start with cutting the fabric. There is a wool lining which is all hand sown then they have pure silk tipping to the front and the tip of the tie. By hand the loop which secures a small label is put in by hand and finally our label is put on. This makes for tie that will last.
Jane: As for price a top of the line tie cost about as much as a nice dinner out or maybe a massage. This is Drakes of London tie runs 135, Talbot’s a U.S. Tie maker that uses Italian silk has one of the broadest price ranges. This tie runs $65 to 150 for something snazzy that’s not too pricy check out these ties by Vineyard Vines a U.S. company. They’re hand made, they’ve got great style and they sell for around $65.
This has been Jane Bennet Clark of Kiplinger’s for more information on personal finance go to Kiplinger.com.