Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Woman's Ascot Ties, Scarves and Headbands a leading supplier of online men's silk neckties, bow ties, ascots and men's accessories in their effort to have the most unique and diverse line of silk neckwear continues to grow it's range of products. has added a new line of Ladies Accessories to their inventory. This is truly a unique item and the same cannot be found anywhere on the web or in stores. To be honest we have not worked out an appropriate name so we have just called the Woman's Ascot Ties.
Is it a tie? No
Is it a scarf? No
Is it a headband? No
Can it be worn as any of the above? YESSSSSSSSSSSS
So what is it?
Found on a recent trip to Vietnam this is a mix of pure and synthetic fibres. The structure of this piece allows the item to be worn in a dozen different ways. As a scarf, a headband, a neckwrap and so on. We have used a mix of retro, floral and abstract designs to make this a fashionable and unique item

These images show a few ways this item can be worn.

By going to or clicking HERE you can go directly to our website and view all 45 of our unique designs.
Retailing at only $19.99, each of these come nicely packaged with instructions showing all the different ways it can be worn.
So whether you want it to compliment a group outfit, to wear to work in a conservative environment or just to wear as a casual accessory or to give as a gift we guarantee you that you wont find anyone wearing anything similar.
So to be truly unique why not pick up a couple today. You'll be glad you did.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bow Ties Rising

Bow ties are well over 300 years old. They originally were worn by a group of assassins in what is now modern day Croatia, just east of Italy. It was as a symbol of solidarity among the group. The fashion over the years migrated to Paris, center of all fashion, and has been a staple of menswear ever since.

The bow tie is if nothing else, a statement. It expresses an appreciation for individuality and tradition at the same time. The bow tie is both a symbol of eccentricity and conservative style. An interesting mix.

The bow tie look was once very mainstream, but in recent decades has, until recently, been relegated to physics professors, conservative columnists, and Louis Farrakhan.

No longer.

Bow ties are now increasing in popularity.They are beautiful in design. They are simple. They stay out of your way while you work. And they make any suit look better.

Interestingly, it is estimated that only about 5% of men who wear ties know how to tie a bow tie.
But with the coming of Youtube many more people have learned the art of tying the bow tie than in years past. It is the video democratization of the bow tie.

Does this mean the bow tie will ever become as common as the straight tie now that the secret is out?
Unlikely. The bow tie is still too different for the average tie wearer. It draws attention, which is the exact opposite of what many men prefer.

But if you don’t fear a statement, and enjoy a persnickety style, maybe the bow tie is just what you’ve been waiting for.

At we have 100's of different bow ties in designs ranging from the plain formal solid black bow tie to stripe bow ties, pattern bow ties, paisley bow ties, solid bow ties and novelty bow ties.

You can also view our videos on youtube by clicking:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Brand Name Ties from a leading supplier of online men's silk neckties, bow ties, ascots and men's accessories has increased their line of Brand Name Ties to over 500 different styles and colors making the selection if not the largest then one of the largest collections of brand name silk ties on the web. in their effort to have the most unique and diverse line of silk neckwear continues to source new brand names of silk ties and bow ties.

The brand names carried on the website includes:
BCBG Ties, Calvin Klein Ties, DKNY Ties, Donald Trump Ties, Ike Behar Ties, IZOD Ties, Kenneth Cole Ties, Nautica Ties, Robert Talbott Ties, Sean John Ties, Ted Baker Ties, Tommy Hilfiger Ties and US POLO Assn Ties.

All of the Brand Name Ties on the website sell for 30% - 60% off the retail prices found in department stores and men's stores. Free shipping is also offered on all of our brand name ties.

***** is an independently owned and operated company and is not affiliated in any way with the Licensor and/or Licensees of any of the brand name ties.

Friday, September 4, 2009 offers Low Cost Shipping to Canada a leading supplier of online men's silk neckties, bow ties, ascots and men's accessories now offers low price shipping to Canada on all of its products.

While most companies use shipping charges as a means of extra revenue has always offered low priced shipping and even offers Free Shipping in the USA on all of it's neckties, bowties, ascots and other men's accessories. now offers low priced shipping to Canada. Shipping starts at just $5.00 for the first item and $0.50 for each additional item. Shipping time takes between 6-8 days from the time the order is placed till the time it is received. As always the customer is responsible for all duties and taxes.
Fedex service to Canada is also available and these rates will vary depending on the type of Fedex service requested. We ask that customers please call for a Fedex rate quote to Canada.

So now Canadian customers can also enjoy shopping at and have access to a full line of neckties, bow ties, ascots and men's accessories and not have to worry about paying more for shipping than the actual cost of their entire order.

Remember to dress for success!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Holiday Neckties from a leading supplier of online men's silk neckties, bow ties, ascots and men's accessories carries a full line of theme neckties for the holidays.

With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Chritmas almost upon us has just received a new line of mens halloween neckties, thanksgiving neckties and christmas neckties.

All our our holiday neckties have theme motifs and scenes from the holidays including neckties with pilgrims, neckties with ghosts, neckties with pumpkins, neckties with gifts and most importantly neckties with santa on them.

In addition to christmas neckties we have also added woven pre-tied christmas bow ties and self tie christmas bow ties.

The holiday neckties and bow ties range in price from $12.95 - $17.95. These holiday neckties and bow ties also qualify for the buy 3 get 1 free offer and as always ground shipping is free.

So why not plan in advance and pick up a few holiday neckties and bow ties today and get in the holiday spirit.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pocket Squares - High-end vs Mainstrean a leading online supplier of Men's Neckties, Bowties and Ascots has just received their new line of Italian Pocket Squares.

A brief explanation of a high end pocket square:

These pocket squares are in a different league to the mass produced pocket squares. They are typically carried only by high end department stores and men's stores and sell for between $55.00- $95.00. They are a lot more vibrant. The colors are up to date with the latest fashions and more importantly the designs and patterns are very unique. If you like to be different and stand out in a crowd then this is what you want in a pocket square.
You will not find a tie to match. These are meant to compliment and complete an outfit.

The high end pocket squares are made from silk that is either woven or printed for the sole purpose of making a pocket square. The edges are also rolled and hand stitched.
It is for this reason that you will see many designs where the borders are different to the centre of the pocket square. There are also solid pocket squares where the pocket square is divided into four equal quarters with each being a different shade of the color. For example four shades of Pink , Green or Blue.

A brief explanation of a regular pocket square

In short regular pocket squares are cut from the same fabric as the ties are made from. The price of these range from $8.00 - $18.00. The determing factor is the size of the pocket square and the type of fabric used. A large silk pocket square will cost a lot more than a smaller silk or polyester pocket square

Now we are not saying that there is anything wrong with the regular pocket squares. In fact has a large selection of these pocket squares which can be found on our web-site on the regular pocket square page.

A pocket square is a relatively cheap way to make an outfit stand out. It conveys a message of style and sophistication. It expresses ones personality. It makes the outfit.

So whether you are looking for a gift or for something to complete your outfit why not pick up a couple of our Italian Pocket Squares.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Silk or Polyester - Which is best for me? a leading supplier of online men's silk neckties, bowties, ascots and men's accessories carries a full line of both men's silk neckties and men's polyester novelty neckties. only carries Polyester neckties in the Novelty Ties category. All other categories are made from silk.

To know what's the correct material for you it is good to know the difference between a silk necktie and a polyester necktie.


Silk is made from silk worms and is a natural fiber. Silk is more breathable than polyester although this is not an important factor when choosing a men's necktie, bowtie or ascot.
Being a natural fiber silk is more expensive than polyester thus a silk necktie will be more expensive than a polyester necktie.


Polyester is made from petrochemicals. Polyester looks like silk except the older types of polyester are non-iron and the fabric is not breathable so you get very hot and sweaty.
Once again this is not an important factor when choosing a men's necktie, bowtie or ascot.
As polyester is essentially a plastic man made fiber and it is a lot cheaper than a silk necktie.

A major plus for polyester is being that it is a man made fiber it absorbs dye's a lot better than silk. It is for this reason that the majority of novelty neckties are printed on polyester rather than silk.

How to tell the difference between Silk and Polyester

Fabric technology has advanced so much over the last decade that it is very difficult to tell the difference between a silk woven necktie and a polyester woven necktie.
There are many ways to test if a necktie is silk or polyester. The quickest way is to look at the content tab as this will state what fabric the necktie is made from. Other more technical ways are available and can be found by researching the web.

So to answer the question of which necktie is best for you a silk necktie or a polyester necktie it is up to the individual.

If you are looking for a necktie that is of a high quality then go for the silk necktie, bowtie or ascot.
If you are looking for a novelty necktie then the polyester necktie will look better as the colors will be richer and brighter.
If on a strict budget then you would definitely want to go with a polyester necktie.

So why not pick up a couple of neckties today. Remember to Dress for Success.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Boy's Neckties - All you need to know a leading online supplier of Men's Neckties, Bowties and Ascots

has added a new selection of boy's solid ties, boy's dot ties, boy's paisley ties and
boy's pattern ties to their ever increasing assortment of boy's ties.

What is a Boy's Neck Tie?

Not to be confused with a young men's necktie a boy's necktie is a lot shorter and narrower than a men's necktie or **young men's necktie. (** 54-56 inches long and 3 - 3.25 inches wide. )

How Long and wide is a Boy's Neck Tie?

Although size varies the standard length for a boy's necktie is 48-50 inches long with a width of 2.75 - 3 inches at the widest point.

What is the age range for a Boy to wear a boy's necktie?

Typically a male is considered a boy between the ages of 6-10 years old. However a good way to see if your little angel would look good in a boy's tie is to measure the length from the top button of his shirt to the waist line where the belt would be. ( You want the tip of the tie when tied to be around the middle of the belt. )

The length you would want is 14 inches - 17 inches. In this way the extra length would be used in the knot and you would have a necktie that looks and hangs perfectly on your angel.

So mom's and dad's why not pick up a couple of neckties for the little one today. Whether it be for a recital, to attend church, a wedding, a family portrait or for your Christmas card your little one will surely stand out.

New Line of Dot Ascots and Solid Ascots a leading online supplier of Men's Neckties, Bowties and Ascots has just received their new line of Solid Ascots and Dot Ascots.

These Dot Ascots and Solid Ascots are printed on a very lightweight Silk therefore making them very comfortable when worn against the skin.

The Ascots are very competeively priced at $26.95 and are individually packed in a plastic sleeve.

The Solid Ascots include all the basic colors as well as a few fashion colors for the Fall Season namely, Chocolate Brown, Purple , Raspberry and Navy Ascots to name but a few.

The same applies to the Dot Ascots where we have used the basic colors ie: raspberry with white dots - black with white dots - navy with white dots.

We have also switched things around and have included color combinations such as Yellow with Black Dots - Purple with White Dots - Red with Navy Dots as well as a Formal White with Red Dots, Navy Dots and Black Dots.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Diamond Tip Bow Ties has just launched it's line of Diamond Tip Bowties. Having already established ourselves as one of the leaders in the online retail of Neckties and Bowties we have expanded our line of bowties into diamond tip bowties.

It is when the tips of a bow tie are shaped like a diamond. Instead of the outer edges of the bow tie being vertical or slightly curved ( butterfly ) and flat, they come to a point on one side on the under layer of the bow tie while the upper layer remains slightly curved. Also known as a diamond point.

Why would I want a Diamond Tip Bow Tie?

Simply put to stand out and be different.
While the majority of people nowdays are getting into wearing bowties for the first time there are a few aficionado's out there who want to be different. Stay one step ahead.

It's both old school and new school at the same time. Long neglected in fashion, it’s back in style and brings a very hip, updated look to the bow tie.

So pick up a couple today. You will be glad you did.

Friday, May 29, 2009

How do I take care of a Silk Necktie?

As we all know silk is a very delicate fabric and therefore needs to be looked after carefully.

Over the years I have been asked on numerous occasions how to take care of a necktie.

I have listed a few of the most common questions and the answers we generally give to those who ask.

Can I dry clean my Silk Necktie?

Dry cleaning a necktie is NOT recommended. The reason is while dry cleaning may remove a stain the dry cleaners will iron the tie. By doing this the rolled edges of the tie will be ironed flat and what you will get back from the dry cleaner is a clean piece of flat silk.

Can I fold my Necktie?

Generally it is not a good idea to fold your necktie. If you travel and need to take your necktie these are the best ways to transport the tie.
1) Fold the necktie in half and then in half again and keep it in the pocket of your jacket or coat.
2) Roll your necktie. If you do this you will need to get a cylindrical tie case to put the tie in.
3) Purchase a necktie case which will allow you to store a few ties when folded. These cases are light and can be put in any suitcase or travel bag.

A good tip is when you reach your destination hang the ties in the bathroom while taking a shower. The steam will get rid of any wrinkles.

What is the best way to remove a stain or spot from my Necktie?

The answer to this is simple. Don't use your necktie as a cloth or napkin. When eating take your tie off, flip it over your shoulder or tuck it into your shirt and then tuck a napkin in your shirt collar. There is nothing more noticeable than a tie that has a stain on it.

How do I remove a wrinkle from my Necktie?

Wrinkles can be steamed out with a small hand steamer or as previously mentioned hang it in the bathroom while taking a hot shower.
If you try to iron it make sure you put a damp cloth on top of the tie and then with the iron setting on silk or delicate lightly iron the tie. Be careful not to press too hard as you do not want to iron the edges flat.

In conclusion treat your neckties as the delicate piece of clothing they are. Make sure you undo the knot at the end of each day the same way you make it. Carefully!
If you pull the knot to undo it you will stretch the interlining thus causing the tie to lose its shape.

Please keep in mind that these are merely our suggestions. We are not dry cleaners or fashion consultants. Speak to people who wear ties on a daily basis and ask them how they take care of their ties. It is amazing on how creative some people are when it comes to taking care of their belongings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Silk Tie Printing Process

This article shows the steps involved in printing a piece of raw silk better known as a Greige Good ( See below for definition. ). This needs to be done before a single tie can be made.
The Manufacturing of a necktie is not as simple a process as one thinks. During a trip to China I took a few pictures not of the actual making of the tie but of just of the process of printing a piece of raw silk. I have written a short explanation next to each image.

This is part of the Printing process where a design is printed on raw silk using a series of screens. Each color requires a new screen. This is a very dirty and tedious process. To help with the drying of the ink the temperatures in these printing factories are extremely hot. Roughly about 100+ degrees Fahrenheit.

In this picture is where the dyes which you see in the red containers on the left are put onto a piece of silk to get the color match correct according to the customers color requirements. Workers will lay pieces of raw silk on the table and test different colors to get the right mix for each screen. On the bottom right you will see a few more screens for the particular design resting against the table. Each screen is for a different color. The average printed pattern has about 7-9 colors.

Once the colors are all tested and corrected it's off to the printing table. Raw silk fabric is laid on tables each table being 100ft long. The screen is then laid on the silk and the ink is poured on and spread evenly on the screen. ( Hence the term screen printing. ) The screen is then lifted and moved to the adjacent piece and the process is repeated until the entire length is complete. This process is repeated with each screen which adds another color to the silk until all the colors have been added.

Once the silk has been printed and is completely dry the silk goes to the washing plant where it goes through a washing process to remove all enzymes and particles left on the raw silk. From this image you can see that this is not just a big washing machine but a carefully built washing plant. The silk is fed in on rollers so it is kept flat and straight throughout the washing process.

Once through washing its off to be dried.

Once washed the printed silk goes through a series of dryers on rollers and comes out the other side ready to be sent to the factory where it is made into a necktie, bow tie, Ascot or for that matter any garment that uses a printed silk.
From the above one can see that the simple tie that one wears has gone through transformation from the silkworm it came from to be that elegant tie, or bowtie that you see on
Definition of Greige Good as referenced above
Textiles that have not received any bleaching, dyeing or finishing treatment after being produced by a textile process (pronounced gray).

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New College Stripe Bow Ties in stock. has just received their new shipment of College Striped Bow Ties. These Striped patterns are perfect for Fraternities and Groups who want to look the same when meeting and represent their chapter wearing it's traditional colors.

From our experience when one chapter buys these bowties and and wear them to a gathering we get a lot of other chapters calling wanting the same.

Uniformity among brothers is what makes one group different from the next. Why not be the trendsetter and purchase a few
College Striped bowties today.
At we do our best to have every color combination available for immediate delivery. If you have any suggestions or see some color combinations that we are missing please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us and we will make every effort to fulfill your request.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mens Suits and Prices of Suits

Off the topic of Ties for the moment I came across an interesting article from a trade publication that I thought I would say something about.

Because I sell ties and have grown up in the necktie industry my friends think I know about fashion. Well I may know a bit but really nothing more than anyone with an interest in reading magazines and journals would know. I know how a tie is made, I know what fabric makes a good tie and what doesn't but with suits I really am clueless.

When I need a suit I ask my friends who are in the suit industry for advice. I believe that you should always ask a professional and then make the final decision.

The article is about " THE PRICE OF A GOOD SUIT" and What's the difference between a value priced suit, a $2,000 suit and a $3,000 suit?

Various factors come into play:

There is an obvious answer to this question, ..“MARKUP.” However, what are the actual differences.

Other more technical answers are as follows:

1)BRANDING and MARKETING. These two factors can significantly impact the selling price of the garment.

2)WORKMANSHIP. Poor workmanship may be visible to the naked eye. Handmade suits require a lot of skill and is very time consuming.

3)FABRIC. The only characteristic of the fabric that influences the price of the garment is the price of the fabric, not the quality.

At the end of the day what really matters as in everything in life is perception of quality. Americans like a lighter fabric and the word " Super " means something. Case in point (Super 130's, Super 150's. ). Europeans prefer a heavier more tailored suit made with more durable fabrics and a European feel.

In conclusion price/value is something that is hard to quantify. Some people like more expensive hand-tailored suits and wont trade down while others cannot understand why anyone would spend $1000.00 and up to $8000.00 or even more on a true handmade bespoke suit.

At the end of the day a good value is something that you perceive is worthwhile. If you like the way the suit looks and feels then its a good deal.

I hope this has given a little insight into the question of pricing of suits.

Disclaimer: are not fashion consultants and everything in our blogs our own opinions based on our research. We suggest if you are looking for expert advice to contact a professional fashion consultant .

Friday, April 24, 2009

Woman wearing Ascots - What's up with that?


1) What’s up with the Ascot nowadays?

2) Was ahead of the fashion trend with Ascots online?

1) The Ascot has made its way across from Europe. Once worn by the older gentleman, celebrities are embracing the Ascot as I have mentioned in previous blogs.
Yes! including woman. It has also crossed gender lines and can now be seen by stylish female icons such as Gwen Stefani. It seems that ascots might the hottest new fashion trend!

2) We are not trendsetters. We don't pretend to know whats good or whats bad. As with Neckties and Bowties the patterns we use for Ascots are simply whats available to us from our suppliers and we choose what we think will sell. Sometimes we take risks that work and more than often than not we get burned.

We started selling Ascots about 5 months ago starting with a few designs and colors. We now carry over 40 different Patterns of Ascots. We also have Solid Ascots in stock.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wedding Colors - Fall and Winter 2009

As we come out of the Spring and Summer Wedding season we start to look ahead to the 2009 Fall and Winter wedding season.

It is important to plan ahead and decide on your colors and themes. Suppliers of wedding accessories sell out quickly and one is left having to settle for their second choice. This is your day why settle for second best.

Looking ahead here is a guide of this Fall and Winters Wedding Colors.
Burnt Orange is a very popular Fall color. Orange co-ordinates well with shades of
Red and Burgundy, Green, Blue, Taupe and Plum.

Winter colors for 2009 are shades of Red and Burgandy accented with Silver, Cream and Gold.

Remember not to try and match your groom and groomsmen to the bride and bridesmaids. Co-ordinate the colors. Your wedding planner will be able to advise you on what colors will work best with each other.

Good luck and Enjoy!

Disclaimer: are not wedding consultants and everything in our blogs our own opinions based on our research. We suggest if you are looking for expert advice to contact a professional wedding consultant .

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dress Shirts

April 22, 2009 has added a broad range of dress shirts to their ever increasing line of Men's clothing. expertise lies in the manufacturing of Neckties and Bow Ties so rather than trying to manufacture dress shirts and save a few dollars has sourced their shirts from experienced manufacturers. By doing this we know that every Dress Shirt will fit right and look good.
At the same time the Dress Shirts will be offered at value prices sticking with our motto:
" Fine Menswear at Unbeatable Prices. "

The shirts start at an opening price point of $19.95 ( 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton blend ) to the next price point of $25 ( 100% Cotton ) and go up to $55.00 ( High-End Name Brands). Please call for more information on these shirts.
Shirt sizes range from a 15 inch neck to a 18.50 inch neck with sleeve lengths varying depending on the size.

Shirt collars vary from a PinPoint Collar to a Spread collar with some shirts also having French Cuffs.

As we are continually adding inventory it is recommended to keep checking back to see what new styles and sizes are in stock.

Monday, April 20, 2009 - Our Story

Everyone has a story so for those of you interested here is mine:

My great uncle together with his brother ( my grandfather ) started manufacturing neckties in South Africa way back in 1938. Naturally my father went into the business so it seems like I was destined for a life of Neckwear.

While my friends were at college becoming doctors, lawyers and accountants I had the privilege of working as a salesman for the largest neckwear company in America ( if not the world ). For me this was better than any college education. I was taught everything from how a quality necktie is made to how it is merchandised in a store and finally sold to the consumer.

I took this education and in 1997 started a small wholesale neckwear company in my garage and started manufacturing neckties in China.

In 2000 a friend joined me and together we set out travelling to mens stores across America and showing at trade shows. We were relentless. We hardly ever came home and when we did we spent all our time unloading neckties and packing orders. We just figured that we would outwork everybody.

The rest is history. After a couple of tedious trips to China and a huge learning curve we started gaining a significant amount of market share from other more established manufacturers.

We were successful and more importantly very profitable.

In March 2005 after spending the better part of 8 years travelling and reaching my goals I got bored and needed a new challenge. My friend took over the company and I set out to try my luck as an online retailer.

One month later I started It has now been 3 years and has established itself as one of the largest and most diverse suppliers of Neck Ties and Bow Ties on the web. Besides purchasing neckwear from other suppliers we are also a manufacture all of our own Fashion, X-Longs , Bow ties and Novelty Ties.

It is my belief that by continually providing superior product and service to the consumer we will grow from strength to strength. You can feel confident that any item you order from will be of the highest quality and at a great value.

Regards, Robert

New Website is launched April21, 2009 Launches New Website.

After 3 years of being online and making many mistakes, listening to our customers requests as well as researching the new technologies available for web developers we are proud to announce the launch of our new web-site.

Customers are going to find easier to navigate and very user friendly.

Image zoom over feature - a customer can view the tie detail as well as being able to also with the click of the mouse have a zoomed in image appear on their screen.

Bookmark this page - Now a customer with a click of a button can add the page or website to their favorites.

Send to a friend feature - Every page now has a box whereby a customer can eneter a frieds e-mail address and have the page or image they are looking at sent directly to the friends e-mail.

An automated shopping cart that will automatically calculate free ties. No more having to enter the free tie style numbers in the message box.

A one page checkout - thias makes for a quicker less frustrating checkout process.

New Blogs updating you on everything from company news to industry news.

A very informative Question and Answer page. 99.9% of your questions will be answered for you right away.

If you have the 0.1% of the questions we haven’t answered you can call our toll free number and let us know and we will gladly add it. We are sure you will enjoy your shopping experience. If you have any suggestions on how we can further improve our website you can call us or e-mail us and we will gladly listen to your suggestion.

Sunday, April 12, 2009 Mission Statement

Every company should have a mission statement so here is ours in a single sentence as we will let our product do the talking.

" promises to provide to their customers superb service and a diverse line of Neckties and Men's and Woman's accessories at a value price while maintaing the highest quality of manufacturing and materials. "

That being said understands that the customer has many options to shop online. The truth is there are many good companies making every type of product from A-Z.

What seperates from the competition is we guarantee our quality, service and ** prices to be among the best** online.

We back this with our 30 day money back guarantee.

** prices to be among the best** - this term does not mean the cheapest but merely very competitive to all the other websites.

All about Bow Ties

The word bow tie comes from the French word, jabot which is pronounced ja-bow. This was originally a 17th century pre-made lace cravat. Later, in the 18th and 19th centuries bow ties came in other types of materials and designs.
The formal black bow tie became popular back in 1886 when Pierre Lorillard V invented the tuxedo as an alternative to the Tailcoats which were worn with White Bow Ties.

Bow Ties come either as Self-Tie Bow Ties or Pre-Tied Bow Ties and are now days most commonly available in either a silk of polyester fabric. As Bow Ties are as unique as the people who wear them hundreds of different patterns exist.

Although not as easy to tie as a regular necktie the self-tie bow tie has become extremely popular and the art of tying can be mastered in a short amount of time. You can click on the following link and you will be sent to a page with instructions on how to tie your own bow tie.

What tie should I buy?

Your tie should be contrast the color of your shirt.

The main color of a patterned tie should complement your suit and the secondary color should pick up the color in your shirt. Remember the color of your tie should not clash but the colors should not be so similar ( monotonal )that they fade into the suit.

Avoid wearing a striped tie with a striped shirt. Solid Ties are best worn with these styles of shirts.

The general width of a tie is 3.50 – 3.75 inches at the widest part of the tie. In the past few years there has been a growing trend especially amongst young men to wear skinnier ties that are approximately 2.50 – 2.75 inches wide.

Ties for your wedding

Remember to not try and match the color of the tie but to rather co-ordinate the color with the same theme of the color of the dresses. Similar to how you would co-ordinate the colors of the flowers with the overall theme of the wedding.

Remember to shop early so you have time to decide if the ties work for your theme or if you need to change for another color.

If you are unsure then buy 2 or 3 different colors and make a decision. Once you have selected the color you want then order the balance. Most companies offer a 30 day money back guarantee so you can just return the ones that you didn’t like and get a credit or swap out for the color you want. Solid ties are the most popular ties for weddings however more and more people are going the alternate route and buying pattern ties. Your wedding co-ordinator will be able to advise you on the most popular colors for that season. keeps ahead of all the colors for each wedding season so browse our website and we are sure you will find the perfect matching tie for your wedding day.

Disclaimer: are not wedding consultants and everything in our blogs our own opinions based on our research. We suggest if you are looking for expert advice to contact a professional wedding consultant .


A brief history of the Ascot.

An ascot tie, or ascot, is a narrow neckband with wide pointed wings. This wide, formal tie is usually traditional in design, folded over, and fastened with a stickpin or tie tack.

Ascots are usually made from a lightweight silk as they are worn against the skin and are more comfortable.

The ascot is descended from the earlier type of cravat widespread in the early nineteenth century, made of heavily starched linen and elaborately tied around the neck. Later in the 1880s, amongst the upper-middle-class in Europe men began to wear a more loosely tied version for formal daytime events.
It remains a feature for weddings today.
The Royal Ascot race meeting at the Ascot Racecourse, gave the ascot its name.
The ascot was still commonly worn for business with morning dress in the late 19th and very early 20th centuries.

Most people think of aristocratic old men when they hear the word Ascot. While more mature fashion plates may still don ascots, young bloods have pumped up the presence of the more-than-century-old piece.

Ascots are now being worn by the younger generation. Some celebrities wearing Ascots include: Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, Michael Johns a former American idol contestant, Ashton Kutcher and soccer star David Beckham

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ties for an Interview.

The tie is a standard component of men's job interview attire. Keep the tie simple. Ties with fancy patterns should be avoided. Here are the details:

Ties with dark colors are preferred. For example, dark blue ties and dark red ties.

Stick with solid colors or subtle patterns such as striped ties and dots .

Stay away from fashion extremes such as ties with pictures.

Regarding the ideal length of your tie, the tip of the wider end should be at the same level as middle your belt.