Blue Splattered Paint Tie

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Wow. Wow! WOW!

I think this is my number one favorite. Isn’t it just AMAZING?

How can anyone make such an awesome tie and not put a label on it? Unbelievable.

Every time I wear this (and I have to really struggle not to wear it EVERY TIME I go out), I get a lot of comments and compliments. Of course.

Not very skinny, but that’s ok: 6,5 cm.


Sergio Valente Blue Tiger Print Tie

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A terrific eighties new wave, blue tiger print skinny tie by Sergio Valente.

Totally cool.

Skinny: 5,6 cm.


Jordache Red Eighties Skinny Tie

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Another great Jordache find: a cool, bright red new wave eighties skinny tie. Awesome!

Skinny: 5 cm.


Apache Wool Square End

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The Apache (Original) Cravat Feather Weight. Cool!

The rest of the label says: «All Wool - Hand Loomed. Apache Hand Loomed Product. Albuquerque, N. Mexico.»

Purchased at The Indian Arts of Taos and Scottsdale.

Very Skinny: 3,6 cm.

I purchased the tie from Dapper Dean at From their description of this tie:

The gentleman who wears the tie:
Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936-December 20, 1973), born Walden Robert Perciville Cassotto, was a two-time Grammy award-winning American singer, Oscar-nominated actor and accomplished musician. Darin performed widely in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk and country. A man and tie of variety. Day time or night out, rock out or grovin, one tie.


Wembley Striped and Banded Square End

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A nice square end by Wembley, made of wool.

A little bit wide (for a square end): 5 cm.

I purchased the tie from Dapper Dean at From their description of this tie:

The gentleman who wears the tie:
Dapper Dean (est. winter of 2011) is the ideal perception of oneself in dress, appearance, or bearing. Man or woman should not limit the opportunity to arrive proper. It's time to bring it back to the basics and simple life. Do you own a grey suit? Cause this tie would a great companion.

Shiny Red Motif Skinny Tie

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A beautiful, bright, shiny red skinny tie with a gorgeous, two-sided geometric texture and a nice motif.

Almost too nice, with that bright red color...

Skinny: 4,7 cm.


Beau Brummell Brown Striped Skinny Tie

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A very nice skinny tie with great colors.

Diagonal stripes are of course very conventional, but this is kind of interesting.

Purchased at Geisler’s of Lafayette, Indiana.

Nice’n’skinny: 4,5 cm.


Mancunian Teddy Bear With Broken Arm Tie

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What a find! This is one of my absolute favorites.

Terrific motif: A teddy bear with a broken arm in a sling, greeting you - or is he calling out for help or sympathy?

Eighties or nineties?

I wear this one all the time, even though it is rather wide: 7,6 cm.


Puccini Brown Wide Tie

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I truly seventies wide tie with a funky geometric pattern.

But of course way to wide for me to dare wearing it...

Wiiiide: 10,5 cm.


Scot Ties Multicolor Wide Wool Tie

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I fell in love with the colors and the fabric on this one. But it’s way too wide. I’ve never worn it - not even at home.

Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to wear wide ties... There are a lot of amazing ones out there!

Wide: 9,4 cm.


B.J. Ernst Multicolor Square End Tie

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Amazing colors on this one! Made by the square end expert Ernst.

Unfortunately, it’s far too wide, otherwise I would use it all the time.

6 cm is not narrow enough for a square end.


Beau Brummell Rich Maroon Bubble Tie

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A nice skinny tie by Beau Brummell in a rich, shiny, metallic maroon color with cool «bubbles» in various sizes and colors.

Skinny: 5,7 cm.


Bamberger's Silk Paisley Tie

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I’m a big fan of paisley patterns, and this one is really nice.

Unfortunately, the previous owner was a fan of this tie as well, so it’s been worn quite a lot. I have to be careful when I tie it, not to rip it even more around the knot area.

Sold by the now defunct department store chain Bamberger’s.

Narrow: 6 cm.


Buehler Bingham Ultra Skinny Square End

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A terrific, ultra skinny square end by Buehler-Bingham of Ogden, Utah.

Very short and very skinny: 3,5 cm.

Here’s a shot from the Buehler-Bingham Store, grabbed from this page.



Silcott Square End Tie

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A nice square end with a country & western feel. By Silcott/Taylor Ties, sold at Wagners Country Store in Westlake, Ohio.

Love the store labels on this one.

80% cotton, 20% silk.

Skinny: 4,2 cm.


Revl Ultra Skinny Red White and Blue Tie

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Wear In Good Health - how cool is that?! I love this tie for that label alone.

But even without the label, it’s a great ultra skinny tie. I’m guessing it’s from the eighties.

Perfect for wearing on the Norwegian independence day: May 17th.

Ultra skinny: 4,5 cm.


Black And Red Fifties Symetric Motif Tie

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This is a really beautiful tie, with a lovely, symmetric pattern.

With look great on a hip fifties rockabilly dude. Which I am not. Still like to wear it, though.

Narrow: 6,2 cm.


Olive Green Zig Zag Tie

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I really like interesting geometric patterns, and this zig zag tie is really striking.

The colors are a bit dull, though.

No labels.

Narrowish: 6,4 cm.


Jac-Lin Striped Skinny Tie

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A discrete but nice striped skinny silk tie, from Jac-Lin, Chicago.

Fifties, I guess. Could be sixties as well. Who knows.

Skinny: 5 cm.


Christian Dior Turquoise Op-Art Tie

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I love this one! Fabulous op-art design, this has to be an eighties gem.

Christian Dior, baby!

A bit wide, but I forgive it - and Christian Dior. 7 cm.


Bright Red Skinny Tie with Black Motif

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This one’s REALLY red. Because of the bright color it doesn’t get much wear, even though I really like the black swirly motif as well as the leather like fabric.

No label.

Skinny: 4,8 cm.


Oleg Cassini Silver and Grey Striped Silk Tie

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A very nice silk tie by Oleg Cassini, with a cool graphic, striped pattern. That black end really does it.

Love the store label as well.

A bit on the wide side: 6,7 cm.


Fred Segal Black and Gold Paisley Tie

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A very cool paisley tie by Fred Segal. But the shiny, golden pattern is very dark, and only visible in bright light.

I'm guessing it's from the fifties.

Skinny: 5,6 cm.


Burgundy Red with Black and Silver Squares

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A nice geometric pattern on this one. No label.

Narrow: 6,2 cm.


Count Doré Blue and Green Silk Skinny Tie

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A discreet, diagonal striped silk tie with a nice color combination.

Skinny: 6 cm.


Wembley Blue Geometric Skinny Tie

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A nice, authentic early sixties skinny tie by Wembley.

Would fit perfectly in Mad Men.

Skinny: 5,4 cm.


Jordache Red and Black Check Skinny Tie

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Jordache - my favorite brand! All the Jordache ties I’ve been fortunate enough to find are on my favorites list.

I use this all the time! It’s so fresh and cool and funky and hot!

Perfectly skinny as well: 4,8 cm.


Stringbeans Graphic Floral Tie

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I love this. To me it looks like a sixties tie, but the label looks more like it’s from the eighties.

Anyways. Wonderful tie.

A bit on the wide side: 6,4 cm.


Unknown Brand Grey Op Art Fifties Skinny Tie

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Grey ties are a bit dull. So is this, even though the fabric is really nice and shiny, and the op-art styling is kind of interesting.

Silk or synthetic? Sometimes it’s really hard to tell...

Skinny. 5 cm.


Tie Rak Striped Burgundy Ultra Skinny Tie

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Ultra skinny, with a traditional striped design.

When I got it (it appeared to be never worn) it had a label reading "The Tie Rak Custom Made". Yes, that's not a typo. It really said Tie Rak, not Tie Rack.

Ultra skinny: 3,3 cm.


Blue Ultra Skinny Palm Leaf Tie

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Ultra skinny, ultra cool, ultra hip!

Shiny, sleek and smart. Perfect.

Ultra skinny: 3,3 cm


Wembley Brown Geometric Tie

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Kind of boring tie by Wembley, probably from the sixties.

Skinny: 5 cm.


Mr John Black and Green Silk Tie

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One of my most elegant, classy and cool ties. I can really imagine a fifties mobster wearing this. Or Frank Sinatra. (Is there really a difference?)

Love the label!

From Amberg’s, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Narrow: 5,9 cm.


Ultra Skinny Leather Tie

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Oh my oh my. Could it be any more eighties? I doubt it very much.

Love the red stripes. They really make this one quite unique.

I remember owning, and using quite frequently, a leather skinny tie in the eighties. It was pink...

Ultra skinny: 3,3 cm


Bonjour Pink Tie

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I don’t use pink ties very much, but this one is kind of cool with its organic, eighties pattern.

Skinny: 4,5 cm.


Howard's Silk Skinny Tie

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A very elegant silk tie from Howard's on Kinsman at Lee, Shaker Heights.

Love the animal motif.

A bit on the formal side, so I don't use it very much.

Skinny: 5 cm.


Jordache Paisley Tie

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Jordache, why do I love you so? Because EVERY tie you have made is AMAZING!

I buy every Jordache tie I can find. Unfortunately, they are quite rare, so I only have a few yet, but they are all in my absolute favorites collection.

Skinny (well, almost): 5,6 cm. Still, totally cool.


Unknown Brand Golden Ultra Skinny Tie

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Ultra skinny, and good lookin’. I should wear this one more.

Ultra skinny: 3,7 cm.


Van Heusen Brown Square End Tie

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Because of the width, I have not been able to wear this one yet, unfortunately.

Width: 5,7 cm. For a square end, that’s just too much.


Unknown Brand Art Deco Tie

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Holy macaroni! Is this tie amazing or is it amazing? My answer: TOTALLY AMAZING.

The Art Deco design is striking and dramatic. Unfortunately, and unbelievably: no label.

Narrowish: 6,2 cm.

The perfect cuffs to go with this tie: These.


Unknown Brand Golden Paisley Tie

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When you make such a terrific tie, why don’t you put your label on it? I would be so proud of designing this!

The golden copper pattern is kind of shiny, almost metallic. Sweet!

Narrow: 6,2 cm.


Ernst Red Square End Tie

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One of my favorite square ends. I wear this a lot.

Wonderfully skinny: 4 cm. Yeay!


Ernst Brown Square End Tie

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Another simple but nice square end. Just wish it was a few millimeters narrower. Square ends should be really skinny.

Still, skinny enough: 4,9 mm.

Unknown Brand Square End Tie

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I’m a big fan of skinny square end ties. This is not my favorite, but it’s not bad.

Skinny: 4,7 cm.


Ori-Dono Silk Skinny Tie

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A lovely silk (?) tie by Ori-Dono. Japan.

Skinny: 5 cm.


J Todd Turquoise Skinny Tie

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My baby. This tie is so incredibly cool, it’s almost too much: Wearing this makes me convinced all the other guys are dorks. There is just no competition.

The artificial lizard like pattern, the shiny turquoise color, the perfect width. Everything about this tie is amazing.

Skinny: 4,7 cm


Van Heusen Brown Ultra Skinny Motif Tie

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A super cool super skinny tie by Van Heusen. Love it!

They don't get much skinnier than this: Only 2,9 cm.


Wembley Ultra Skinny Black Motif Tie

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An ultra skinny one from Wembley. Black with a simple motif.

As always. when you get a Wembley tie, you also get instructions on what to wear it with. Cool!

Ultra skinny: 4 cm.


Mauro's Striped Silk Skinny Tie

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Very nice, ultra skinny tie.

The label has unfortunately fallen off, but it’s from Mauro’s, Cuyanoga Falls, Ohio.

Sixties, I guess. All silk.

Ultra skinny: 3,5 cm.


Cavalier Skinny Tie

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Not really a very interesting tie from Cavalier of Louisville.

Skinny: 4,7 cm.


Ivy League Ultra Skinny

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Nice’n’skinny tie. Cotton? Sixties?

Ivy League - does this mean it could be a school uniform tie?

Ultra Skinny: 3,5 cm.


Rooster Brown Square End Silk Tie

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Another nice Rooster square end. Silk. Skinny. Sixties.

Store label from Wallachs.

Skinny: 4,5 cm.


Rooster Blue Square End Silk Tie

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A really nice square end from Rooster. Thai silk.

Was unused when I bought it.

Store label fra Wallachs.

Skinny: 4,5 cm.


Unknown Brand Geometric Skinny Tie

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A cool fifties skinny tie with a subtle geometric pattern and a Fleur De Lis motif.

Was unused when I bought it. Not any more.

Skinny: 5,9 cm.


Unknown Brand Dark Blue Motif Skinny Tie

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An elegant fifties skinny tie with a leaf motif.

Was unused when I bought it.

Skinny (barely): 5,3 cm.


The National Tie

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A nice, simple tie from the fifties, with a geometric motif.

Was unused when I bought it. But not any more.

Narrow: 5,8 cm.

From The National, Rochester.


Handloom Silk Stripe Tie

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This one is so rad! Why? Striped ties are nothing special?

Hard to say why, actually. But I think it’s the combination of the colors, the raw silk, and the perfect skinny width.

Anyways, I dig this. Plus, at the time of writing, this is my only tie from India.

Skinny: 5,2 cm.


Unknown Brand Brown Motif Tie

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This buddy has seen better days — understandably, the previous owner must have been using it a lot.

Love the motif on this one.

No label.

Narrow: 5,6 cm.


Lytton's Golden Silk Tie

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It’s a bit wide, and the colors are a bit dull, going from moss green to gold.

But the flamelike pattern is kind of cool and makes it much more interesting.

Guessing it’s from the sixties.

Made by Lytton’s.

Narrow: 6,4 cm.


Hengerer's Ultra Skinny Striped Tie

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Ultra Skinny! Now we’re talking. This is what I like.

They are rare finds, these ultra skinny ones. This one get a lot of neck-time.

Made by an unknown brand for Hengerer’s department store in Buffalo. They closed over 20 years ago.

Ultra skinny 3,7 cm.


The Halle Bros Silk Tie

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A very beautiful tie, in my opinion. The colors and the geometric design make it really interesting.

But it’s at the same time a bit too nice, and too wide, so a rarely wear it.

From the Halle Bros Co in Cleveland, Ohio. 100% silk.

From the sixties, I guess, judging from the design as well as the Halle Bros logo — check out the photos on this site.

6,5 cm wide. (A lot of sellers would classify this as skinny. I don’t agree.)


Hengerer's Black Silk Tie

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A gorgeous black silk tie with white crests and blue ribbon.

Would be nice to wear at a wedding.

Probably made by an unknown brand for Hengerer’s in Buffalo. They closed over 20 years ago.


Narrow: 5,8 cm.


Jordache Teal/Black Skinny Tie

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Jordache, baby!

This was my first Jordache. And boy, have they become my favorite brand.

Totally eighties. I doubt there were any cooler designers during the eighties than Jordache.

Skinny: 4,7 cm. Perfect!


Christian Dior Op-Art Tie

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My second Christian Dior. And this one is a sweet one.

Love the op-art design.

Reasonably narrow as well: 6,2 cm.


Christian Dior Stripe Tie

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It’s a Christian Dior. It’s from Paris. It’s got cool colors and groovy stripes.

But it’s way too wide. 7,2 cm.

I am not brave enough to wear ties as wide as this.

Too bad.


Unknown Brand Deep Blue Diamond Tie

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This one I really like. I have ben using it a lot.

The deep blue color. The elongated diamond shaped pattern. It’s just really cool.

And very close to being a true skinny tie. (My criteria: 5 cm wide or less.)

This is 5,2 cm wide, but the long narrow diamond shape makes it appear narrower.

Too bad there is no label on it.


Mousseau's Tie

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Deep black, with a busy pattern in black and pink.

Mousseau’s of Woonsocket, R.I. (Rhode Island)

Narrow. 6,5 cm.


Wembley Golden Tie

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A really cool tie from Wembley. The geometric design must be from the futuristic, atomic fifties.

And being a Wembley, it comes with instructions!

Narrow. 5,4 cm.


ParkLane Tie

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A nice geometric pattern on this one.

Narrow: 6 cm.


Currie Square End Tie

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One of the ugliest ties in my collection. (It came in a lot with six other, much nicer ones.)

Yellow and silver? Incredibly ugly. The only nice thing about this tie is the label.

I love square ends. But they have to look better than this. And they have to be really skinny.

This is 5,5 cm wide.


Gentry Skinny Tie

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I LOVE this tie!

The color. The centered geometric weave. Everything about this tie is perfect.

One of my absolute favorites.

And it is skinny, just like I like it: 4,8 cm wide.


Abbey Silver Skinny Tie

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The silvery grey color is a bit dull, but I like the texture in the weave.

I’m guessing it’s from the fifties.

Abbey Cravate - does this mean it’s from Canada?

Skinny: 5 cm wide.


Cochrane Black Skinny Tie

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A plain black tie from Cochrane, Vancouver Canada.

Nice’n’skinny: 4,5 cm.


Abbey Shiny Red Skinny Tie

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I love this! Beautiful, deep, shiny red. Very nice motif. Very fifties rock’n’roll.

And it’s skinny! 5 cm wide.

Wearing this makes me feel like the coolest cat on the block.


Unknown Brand Red Silk Tie

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An interesting geometric pattern woven over a richly textured red weave.

Must be from the fifties.

Narrow. 5,7 cm wide.


Lytton's Shiny Geometric Tie

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Shiny and with a really nice, geometric design. Almost op-art.

That futuristic circle makes me guess it’s from the fifties.

I really like this. But the shiny gold/blue fabric is impossible to capture in a photo.

6 cm wide.


Damon Crown Tie

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Classy. And that golden triangle beneath the crown is really nice too. Is it the emblem of some secret brotherhood?

Shop Label: Joseph’s San Antonio by Damon.

Says All Silk Warp. But another label beneath says: 65% rayon, 35% silk....

Almost skinny: 5,3 cm wide.


Wembley Texture Tie

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Love the texture on this! Is it supposed to be wood? Beautiful.

In addition, it has an interesting motif.

And Wembley always tells you which color suit to wear it with. Cool!

(Though, personally, I wouldn’t mind wearing this with a blue suit.)

5,7 cm wide.


Unknown Brand for Bishop's

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Ever since the eighties I’ve loved paisley patterns. This is one of the most discreet and classy ones I’ve seen. Beautiful.

Still, classy and beautiful ties like this don’t get that much use. I seldom move in circles where I need to show this kind of muted elegance.


Reasonably narrow: 6,3 cm.


Dino Scala by Famous

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A well designed tie. But a bit too formal and conservative for my taste. Nice condition.

Skinny: 5 cm wide.


Penney's Towncraft Tie

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A rather cool tie, with its wavy California surf pattern. Unfortunately, not in mint condition.

5,5 cm wide.


Majestic Tie

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A really nice tie from Majestic, which don’t get that much use. I guess it’s personality is a bit dull.
Nice and really well designed, and a bit dull.

It’s also a bit on the wide side: 6,5 cm.


Berkley Tie

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A nice silk tie from Berkley. From the Fifties, I guess.
I love ties with shop labels. It gives the tie its history and origin.

5,5 cm wide. (Almost skinny - my definition of skinny tie: 5 cm (2 inches) or less.)

The Shop Label reads:

Distributed by
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Products Store, Inc.
Palmer House Arcade