Fully Fashioned Knit Ties

This is Mr. Goodman, he began working in the clothing trade in 1963 at Jefferson Manufacturing. Today, he is holding what may be the finest knit tie made in the United States. He knows what makes a good tie because he makes them. At Leviner Wood, we know what makes a good tie, because we wear one every day. These are good ties.

Yes, you’ve seen your share of silk knit ties and you know how useful they are. Dress them up, dress them down. Perfect for packing into a suitcase or rolling up in your sock drawer to conserve space. Their nubby textures ensures a subtle, casual elegance, an understated luxury. The silk imparting just a bit of sheen to your worsteds and flannels, even denim, with which it pairs beautifully.

But look closely at the photo above. That’s a silk neckband inside the tie. It ties nicely and slips around the collar instead of binding up and forcing you to drag it into place. That’s a nice touch.

Click through and zoom in on this shot. You see that seam? It’s knitted together, not sewn. It is what they call “fully fashioned” in the sartorial world and it is a mark of a quality knit tie. Fully fashioned ties wear better and longer than those whose parts are stitched together. Besides, it’s prettier.

The difficulty is narrowing down your color choices. Navy blue is a staple, a must. Black is very, very useful and goes well with everything including your navy suit. Just ask James Bond. It was his favorite tie in the books. Silver is unexpected, yellow cheerful and preppy, sky blue is springlike, maroon or lavender is quietly sophisticated under a check sports coat. Orange is bold and was Frank Sinatra’s favorite color. Old Blue Eyes couldn’t have been wrong. Green is little scene and goes brilliantly with tweeds and checks. Rusty brown is the tie to wear with this season’s plaid shirts.

Take a hint from the Italians and take one of each. You’ll wear them with everything.

(Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari.)
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