Last week The Wall Street Journal published an interesting story regarding the demise of the necktie. More specifically, the story discussed the implications of the closing of the Men’s Dress Furnishings Association, a seemingly nonexistent trade group that represented U.S. tie manufacturers.
Since the story broke there has been much discussion on the subject among men’s fashion blogs, to which many are of the contrary opinion. The consensus being that neckties are – now more than ever – relevant and popular with younger men. While I am discouraged with the state of the U.S. apparel manufacturing, I am pleased with the interest in the subject and the discussion. Men my age enjoy wearing neckties not because they have to as required attire, but because it is fashionable. I think my client, men’s accessories designer Alexander Olch, said it best in his letter to the editor.
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Comments on “Is the End Near?”
I put up a number of my Hermes ties on Ebay (with boxes). They’re doing very well.
I agree. I’m 26. And I’ve got more ties than my father and older brother combined. I’ve got a cashmere one from Mr. Olch, one from Rag & Bone, two from Shipley & Halmos, along with dozens of Band of Outsiders and vintage finds.
I feel like because it’s a choice now, ties are becoming increasingly popular because it’s not forced on you anymore. Or maybe that’s just me because I’ve always like going against the rules.
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