#2069 The long (and the long) end of the tie

Photos: Unabashedly Prep

I rock an air tie 99 days out of 100, and by that I mean I wear my shirt’s top button done up without a tie. A bow tie was my sartorial crutch for a couple of years until one fateful day when I glanced in the mirror and realised that I was making Pee Wee Herman look like Clint Eastwood; but since then, I’ve worn knit ties when the occasion called, bow ties with a tuxedo, and a decades-old faded Hermes silk tie that I found in my Grandfather’s closet, no doubt bought in a hotel gift shop for entry to a restaurant. But it has recently come to my attention that there is a more interesting way to wear your tie than the traditional manner in which I was taught.

As evidenced in this set of photos of Sid Mashburn‘s retail staff, a fantastic sense of dishevelled nonchalance is achieved when both points of the tie are the same length (or the usually-short end is slightly longer) and the knot is skewed to reveal the two blades. Italian men have been doing it for generations, I noticed it for the first time a couple of months ago. The revelation has whetted my appetite for neckwear, and I’m keen to give it a go. Look out for my first attempt in the next What’s in Store installment, going up late next week on The Moment.


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  1. Jimmy says

    great post, the “rule” is always have them end around the same point or with the small blade slightly shorter.  Then mass produce/machine made ties came along and most of those ties became shorter  to save on silk which made it virtually impossible. proper length is 150-153cm while machine made are around 145-148cm.

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