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How our handmade ties are made
When a gent is kitted out in his finest formal garb, his tie takes centre stage and that’s reason enough to ensure he should always wear one that is of impeccable quality. After all, it needs to look fantastic and last for years. Each and every tie you’ll find in the Charles Tyrwhitt collection is crafted with this in mind.
Here are our staple tie ranges:
Woven silk ties
A well-made woven silk tie is smart, durable and ideal for everyday wear. Choose versatile woven ties in solid colours such as navy or burgundy and then add some interest with striped or spotted varieties as well.
Handmade silk ties
Every stage of the manufacturing process from the folding to the stitching is done by hand. A handmade tie made from 100% silk with a classic design will never go out of style. See below for a guide to how a handmade tie is made.
Seven-fold silk ties
The rarest tie you can buy, a seven-fold silk tie is made with a large piece of pure silk fabric (twice the amount of silk used in a standard tie) which is then folded seven times over for strength.
Black Label ties
A Black Label tie is narrower than a standard tie for a more contemporary look. Designed to go perfectly with our Black Label shirts, each one is pure silk and is designed to hang beautifully.
How your Charles Tyrwhitt handmade tie is made
As a man who is particularly obsessive about quality, I am especially proud of our handmade ties. Each one is 100% silk and is cut, pinned, folded and stitched in by hand in England in family-run factories by skilled craftsmen (and women!) who work tirelessly to ensure each tie is perfect. Here is a guide to how a Charles Tyrwhitt handmade tie is made.
1. Research and design
Inspiration for new tie designs comes from a huge archive library of old volumes full of tie patterns, prints and styles, some of which are over 100 years old.
2. Preparing the silk
We use only the finest raw silk which is treated and dyed (processes which take about 8 hours). The newly dyed fabric is closely inspected to ensure the colour is consistent throughout.
The patterns are designed using a complex software design package. These are then downloaded to a loom and woven into the silk. The fabric is fed through large heated rollers to ensure it’s smooth and wrinkle-free.
The fabric is cut by hand using three separate templates that form the three sections of the tie – the middle section and the two ends (known as the front and narrow blades).
The three sections are stiched together. The classic tie blade width is 8.5cm and each tie is 146cm long.
The sewing is done by hand. It is a skilled process because the tie needs to withstand just the right amount of movement without bunching up.
7. Final inspection
The tie is lightly pressed and inspected thoroughly for any imperfections before it is ready to be sent to customers.