We were recently introduced (hat tip) to Charles Alexander, owner of Charles Alexander Neckwear. Charles is a dynamic young designer with a passion for silk and neckties that has his company doing big business. CA Neckwear currently carries several three fold silk ties in traditional widths. Solids, repps, polka dots, and floral prints make up some of the offerings. CA ties are 100% silk and handmade in England and shipped direct to the states. Charles has graciously allowed us to try out a tie to report our findings.
It is very difficult to tell the quality of a tie just on sight. One must feel the weight, and the hand of the fabric. Was it cut on the bias and does it lay flat when held up? Does the silk bonce back to life when rolled? Does the wool lining give the tie structure or is it just limp? Does the tie make a proper knot? Does the knot stand up in the collar? All things one can only see in person. We ordered the Winchester (navy/purple). We'll be sure to report our findings. Find CA on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.