If you generally don't think of France when you think of quality men's neckwear, it is because Charvet has ruled the market there since 1838. Located in Paris, Charvet specializes in both bespoke and ready-to-wear ties, and their expertise in the arena is the reason the fabric used in many ties is named after them. Their ties are known for their shimmer, achieved by the use of hidden colors of silk yarn. Acquiring one is no small feat however, as there is only the original store or Bergdorf-Goodman.
Ralph Lauren began his career with ties, and today men neckwear's is still considered by many to be the cornerstone of his brand. Whether you choose a contemporary piece from the Polo line, or a testament to timeless elegance from the Black Label, your choice is sure to set your style apart. Younger professionals may even find a selection from the Rugby label to their liking. A variety of fabrics are found throughout the Ralph Lauren labels, ensuring you will find the right tie for the knot.
Jay Kos began his retail career with a shop in a local flea market at 16, and since has gone on to open stores in the swankiest parts of New York City. His neckwear has become incredibly popular amongst tie aficionados thanks to his unique color palettes and quality craftsmanship. The delight he takes in all that is around him, from farmers markets to fine dining comes through in his work with nods to natural colorways throughout the line, allowing few Jay Kos ties to go unnoticed.
Founded in 1910 and still run by the same family, Ermenegildo Zegna designs some of the best ties money can buy, thanks to their obsession with quality fabrics. Detail and sartorial excellence are found in all ties across the Zegna line. Their silk jacquard has become somewhat of a trademark of the brand, but by no means keeps them from using other methods, as they have become known for producing neckwear with the same quality feel featured in their suits.
J. Press has been creating men's clothing to "an Ivy League standard" since 1902, and their commitment to classic American style emanates from every piece of menswear they produce. What started on the grounds of Yale University has expanded to wrap around the necks of distinguished gentlemen worldwide. Their ties span a selection of stripes, solids and patterns, as well as offering a handful of less traditional wool and knit options. Bowties and ascots can also be found at any of the four J. Press brick-and-mortar stores on the East Coast.
Kiton had spent half a century as the premier crafters of menswear before introducing their own seven-fold neckwear, but quickly became regarded for their work. Their attention to detail culminates in the hand-finishing of every single tie they produce, and this practice even led the founder to start a school dedicated to tailoring. Kiton ties undoubtedly look best when paired with one of their limited run suits, but can be a welcome addition to any outfit.
With the staggering amount of clothiers that have been born and gone under over the years, it stands to good reason that one like Turnbull & Asser, who recently celebrated their 125-year anniversary, is still in the business for a reason. Their ties have graced the chests of history's great men from world leaders to James Bond, thanks to their use of exquisite materials and tailored perfection. No tie box should be without at least one discreetly detailed piece from Turnbull & Asser, especially considering the range of styles in their product line.
Lee Allison Company provides an extensive roster of neckwear designs, from traditional prints to playful patterns. This tie-maker uses only the best materials, as their silk comes from a 300-year-old mill in England, and all of their silk is woven rather than printed, a must for the distinguished gentleman. Made by hand in Chicago, Mr. Allison tells us that his ties are inspired by everything around him, whether it be the Connecticut coast or old-fashioned good humor.
With brick-and-mortar stores dotting the major metros on the east coast, and one outpost in Las Vegas, Andrew's Ties has become a sought after cravat for connoisseurs. Their selection is extensive to say the least, with nearly 5,000 classic silk and cashmere offerings available throughout their shops. Crafted with heavy Italian silk, Andrew's Ties are known for their richer and thicker knots, as well as their classic designs. For the young professional looking to make a statement, their striped skinny ties make for an understated power move.