Quality silk ties can project beauty, power, and elegance, and enhances the overall look of any suit, and any man looking to build a professional wardrobe should start out with a couple of Solid Color Ties made of silk.
But why are silk neckties so special, and what differentiates them from the competition?
Silk, as a fabric, begins with the industrious little silk worm. These little fellows eat many pounds of mulberry leaves, and then wrap themselves in a cocoon to mature. These cocoons are then harvested by people, who boil them down and unwind the long, smooth strands which are then woven together to make silk thread. This thread is then woven to make cloth, which can be turned into a silk tie.
Silk is easily distinguishable from other fabrics because it has many unique characteristics. A silk necktie can either be printed, resulting in a very smooth fabric, or woven, resulting in a silky, but slightly textured feel. Either type of tie will be extremely soft and fluid; silk will drape and run over your hands like water. No other material will be as smooth or drape quite as well, though Polyester comes close.
Silk absorbs dye very well, resulting in a rich and lustrous color, while materials like Wool will be more matte and muted. Adding to this rich color effect is the fact that silk naturally reflects light, a unique characteristic of the material. This means that the color of the tie will be rich and shiny. The reflection of the light will make you stand out, rather than fade into the background.
While silk neckties are immensely popular, they have both pros and cons. Some of the positive aspects of these ties include drape, color, and natural reflection of light. It will hang straight down from your neck and will rest perfectly against your body. You won't have to fidget to get it to hang right. The rich color and light reflection can also create a 3D like effect, so your tie will never look wimpy or small.
Silk neckties do have a few drawbacks however. Silk can wrinkle easily, so it is recommended that ties made from this material are rolled for storage rather than being hung on a tie rack.
They also are not recommended for cleaning, making spills and stains very dangerous. While silk can be dry cleaned and spot treated, the tie will ultimately never look the same as it did when it was new.
Silk neckties are made all over the world, but some countries are more known for their production of this men's accessory than others. Perhaps the largest manufacturer of these ties is China, specifically the city of Zhengzhou. This is because the country not only has the capability to produce massive quantities; China also has easy access to silk worms which are originally from Asia.
Another mass producer is India, who has a large factory capacity and cheap labor as well. High quality ties are also made in Japan, where silk worms also thrive but labor is more costly and craftsmanship is more of a consideration. But perhaps the country most renowned for producing exquisite silk ties is Italy.
The Italian silk tie is a mark of wealth and distinction. Italy is home to some of the finest fiber mills, designers, and fashion craftsmen in the world. Quality, handmade products, and uniqueness are of paramount importance in Italian made silk neckties. Most of these ties are handmade by craftsmen who have trained and labored exclusively in making ties.
Italian designers also work closely with manufacturers to create ties that are almost works of art. These pieces are also rare, and less readily available than factory made goods. All of these qualities, the rareness, craftsmanship, and design make Italian silk ties the exquisite pieces that they are.
Whether you are a professional just embarking into the business world or a well seasoned executive, silk ties are an essential part of your wardrobe. Focus on quality ties that will last you a lifetime, and think of your purchase as an investment rather than an expense.
After all, sometimes image can be everything.