Know Your Ties: Anatomy of A Six-Fold Tie
Anatomy of A (Six-Fold) Tie
When shopping for a tie, many people focus on appearance (length, width, pattern) without realizing that the method of construction also has important bearing on the general quality and feel of a necktie. You don't need to be a skilled tailor to know the basics of necktie construction, and this knowledge will make you a more informed buyer, ensuring that you seek out ties which are not only beautiful, but are made to last. Below is a breakdown of the main elements of an AKLASU Six-Fold tie, outlining the ways in which we are committed to producing quality ties at every step of the construction process.
Our Six-Fold ties are produced from a single piece of silk fabric that is folded six times during construction. Unlike your common variety three-fold tie, the Six-Fold method requires more fabric which in turn lends greater weight to the tie, improves drape, and offers superior knots. We take this devotion to creating crisp, elegant ties one step further by including high quality wool interlining which minimizes wrinkling and helps the tie maintain its shape. The result is a tie that will have an enduring place in your wardrobe, looking as good as it did the day you bought it for many years to come.
'Tipping' is the material used to finish the reverse side of the tie. In many ties, the tipping is of a different, contrasting material than that used for the body or 'envelope' of the tie. We believe, however, that a uniformity of material creates a cleaner finish and a much better drape. All AKLASU Six-Fold ties are self-tipped, meaning that the tipping is of the same, high quality silk as the envelope. Self-tipping is an indicator that no corners were cut; it shows an attention to even the smallest of details that will affect the quality and lifespan of your tie.
The 'loop' or 'keeper' is the band of material on the reverse of the envelope that secures the back blade or 'tail' of the tie. Many manufacturers use brand labels as keepers, but these keepers often fail to withstand the stresses and strains of everyday wear. As the most functional element of the tie, the keeper must be of a quality material that is well-secured to the envelope. Our Six-Fold ties are therefore constructed with a self-keeper which, like the tipping, is of the same silk material as the envelope.
As with the keeper, it's critical that the rest of your tie be constructed so as to handle the compression and stretching that results from tying and untying. At AKLASU we refer to this as a tie's ability to 'breathe.' The folds of our ties are secured at the back with a slip stitch, a single thread that runs the length of the tie, holding the material securely in place while also allowing it to stretch and regain its shape (i.e. breathe) after each use.
The bar tack is a heavy stitch that reinforces the slip stitch, ensuring that the folds of the tie are firmly held together. This subtle detail, as with every stitch of our Six-Fold ties, is made by hand. We believe that the conscientiousness of a skilled human hand lends a quality that is unparalleled by machine-produced ties.
100% Como Silk
At AKLASU we value timelessness, which is why our Six-Fold ties are made of silk from Como, Italy. Como is traditionally known as the silk capital of the world and sartorial creations from this cosmopolitan hub have been the choice of numerous celebrities and style icons for decades. We are dedicated to creating enduring pieces that not only weather time materially but also aesthetically. An AKLASU tie never goes out of style.
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