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Owning The Necktie

August 6, 2009


Antonio Valente Suit, With Tie

Antonio Valente Suit, With Tie

Unlimited Magazine‘s Michael Brechtel wrote a pretty interesting article on the necktie – citing it’s demise in today’s wardrobe and giving us a call to arms to bring it back, and hold it dear.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal on the topic,which Michael cites:

Association members now number just 25, down from 120 during the 1980s power-tie era. U.S. tie companies have been consolidating. Others have closed because of overseas competition as the U.S. market share for American-made ties has fallen to about 40%, from 75% in 1995.

Members have lost interest. But the biggest reason for the group’s demise: Men aren’t wearing ties.

According to a recent Gallup Poll, the number of men who wore ties every day to work last year dropped to a record low of 6%, down from 10% in 2002. U.S. sales have plummeted to $677.7 million in the 12 months ending March 31, from their peak of $1.3 billion in 1995, according to market researcher NPD Group.

In one of the more empowered and passionate pleas that I have heard or read on ties in the last while, Michael writes:

As Men, we need to understand that our peers judge our fashion choices as signs of our character. Are we a go-getter or a groupie? Are we strong or weak? Profit from this clothing chauvinism and take back the tie. You would be surprised at the power of an expertly tied Alexander Olch, held in place by a slim, wooden tie clip. When we own the tie, when we prove that we have the skill to pick and execute the right knot, we demonstrate our ability to take control. In fact, it’s the misperception that ties are repressive that makes this powerful accessory our greatest weapon. It is time, Men, to take the reins of your wardrobe.

While we believe everyone has the right to their opinion, this one is something we agree with. If you are going to dress properly and go to the trouble of wearing a shirt, suit and shoes that show the world you are playing for keeps and will go the extra mile, you should consider having a tie, and also show that you don’t stop 9/10ths of the way there.


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