Where Ties Are Made
Designer neckties are made all around the world. Every continent (and almost every country) is home to at least one tie factory. (Even Antarctica. Those penguins are kings of style in their suits!) There is no single answer as to whether a tie made in a certain country or even by a certain brand will guarantee perfection. Designer ties vary as widely as poorer ties. Ultimately, the secret of finding where top ties are made is to know what to look for in a tie-with that said, however, it is interesting to know just where ties come from.
The first thing to understand about where ties are born is that unlike what Mommy or Daddy may have said about birds and bees, we are looking at worms and moths instead. By explaining a little bit about how silk is made, we want to show you that it doesn't matter so much where ties are made as how ties are made. When it comes to that, rule number one is this: polyester ties are for workhorses. We'll dive into that before explaining silk.
Polyester ties are made in China, the USA, India, Australia, Latvia, Cameroon, and who knows how many other countries. Polyester ties sometimes carry exciting patterns or colors with them, but the purpose of polyester is survival. If you wear a tie a lot-and not just wear it, but wear through it-polyester neckties are the way to go. A polyester tie lasts just as long as an expensive silk necktie at usually a fraction of the price. With that said, there really is no superior make of polyester tie. When it comes to silk ties, however, we can start to discriminate between levels of quality. In this process, several things must be considered:
Where does the tie fabric come from? Even with ties made in the United States or England, the silk is often imported from another location. Korea and China tend to suffice for most silk ties. When it comes to a truly classy silk necktie, however, the silk comes from Thailand. Genuine Thai silk is usually ten times more expensive than artificial silk-which may come from Italy or any other number of more fashion-conscious nations as an attempt to carry more weight in the name. Genuine Thai silk is usually not shipped out from the country raw; to buy a Thai silk tie would be to buy one entirely produced in Thailand.
Where is the tie made? As mentioned, Thai silk ties are made in Thailand. When it comes to distinguishing between the quality of other ties, take into account where the tie was made. Ties made from Korean or Chinese silk in Korea or China are generally inferior because of cheaper materials and labor (though nothing prevents them from still being good ties). When the silk is imported, especially into the United States, England, France, or Italy, the higher-quality workmanship increases the durability and price of the tie. Often, American-made ties will note that they are made from Italian silk as an attempt to merit a greater value. While it is true that this does increase the tie's merit, Italian silk is not the be-all-end-all of ties.
Is the tie handmade? Handmade ties are a necessity for a classy tie collection. Handmade ties are usually made from imported materials-the fabric may be woven at another location, but the stitching and creation of the tie is what earns it the title of handmade tie. Most handmade ties will be made in the nation for the department store in question. Handmade ties are therefore found in the United States, England, France, and other European nations, as well as from Asia. Usually, handmade ties from Asia take a great deal more craftsmanship than an Atlantic-made tie.
Ultimately, location falls second to construction in judging the quality of a tie. Even so, if you can line it up right, wearing a tie from every continent is still quite the accomplishment.