Neckwear Affairs

February 2024

Neckties have been around since the 17th century. A version of it actually was closer to what we call cravat nowadays.
It then evolved In what has been a symbol of elegance, professionalism, and personal style.
The necktie, a purely visual component, is an initial indicator of a man's style, offering insights into the wearer's good taste. This embellishment enhances an outfit by introducing hues, textures, and designs.
Superior ties are consistently crafted by hand, ensuring their fluidity and flexibility.
Referred to as the traditional tie, the 3-fold tie earns its name due to being folded three times.
Foulard neckties with a hand-rolled bottom edge are a testament to fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. Hand-rolling involves meticulously rolling the fabric edge by hand, resulting in a rounded and elegant finish.
This hand-rolled bottom edge serves both functional and aesthetic purposes. Functionally, it helps to prevent the fabric from fraying or unraveling over time, ensuring the longevity of the tie.
Foulard neckties, known for their lightweight silk fabric and intricate patterns, are often chosen for their versatility and timeless appeal.
Knitted ties are made using a unique technique that involves interlocking yarn loops.
This produces a distinctive texture and appearance with a slightly thicker and more casual feel when compared to traditional woven ties.
 Knitted ties are highly versatile and can be paired with a range of outfits, from tailored suits to more casual attire.
Anatomy of a Tie
  1. Fabric: Neckties are typically made of various materials such as silk, wool, cotton, or a blend of fabrics. Silk is highly regarded for its luxurious feel and lustrous appearance.
Generally, it depends on the season. We usually use silk, cotton, or linen as a blend for summer.
  1. Blade: The broader end of the tie is called the blade. It forms the front part of the knot and is visible when worn. The blade tapers towards the tip.
  2. Tail: The narrower end of the tie is called the tail. It is tucked behind the blade during tying and is not visible when worn.
  3. Keeper Loop: A small loop of fabric on the back of the tie, near the tail, is called the keeper loop. Its purpose is to keep the tail in place, preventing it from flapping.
  4. Interlining: The interlining, also known as the lining, tipping, or simply the soul of the tie, is the fabric sewn on the backside of the blade and tail. It provides structure, shape, and durability to the tie.
  5. Bar Tack: A horizontal stitch, known as the bar tack, secures the back of the tie near the tail. It reinforces the tie and helps maintain its shape.
  6. The Loop, Tension Thread, slack yarn, or slip stitch
Length: The standard length of a necktie is around 145-150 cm from tip to tip. This length allows for a proper knot and drape when tied.
Width: Neckties come in different widths; the traditional is 8 cm.
The Knot
At Dal Duca, we prefer to keep things simple; we like 2 knots, the four-in-hands knot, and the half-Windsor Knot.
Let’s keep things simple; we’ll find more elegance in it.
Bowties are commonly associated with formal and black-tie events. They are often worn with tuxedos, dinner jackets, or formal suits. However, bowties can also be worn in casual settings, allowing for a stylish and dapper look. Here's ours