Ties are the ultimate gentleman’s accessory. Ties can still be the most expensive pieces of cloth in a man’s wardrobe – although the Philippe Perzi Vienna collection will afford you all the style and class you require without breaking the bank.
When you wear ties, you signal that you give a damn about your clothes and how you look. Whether you pair a tie with jeans and a blazer or sports jacket, or your sharpest power suit, the right tie can take your outfit from pedestrian to extraordinary with the flick of your wrist.
So, given how important and how delicate ties can be, we should all know how to best look after them.
Here are our top 4 tips for taking care of your ties:
1. Untying your ties
Fight the urge after a long day to rip your tie off your neck. You should first untie the knot in the reverse to how you knotted your tie, else you’ll risk stretching the tie beyond the point of no return. Your tie is delicate, often made of silk that goes for $100 a yard – look after them.
2. Cleaning ties
First of all, you can’t wash your ties, nor can you iron them, nor can you have them dry cleaned by just any old Joe Blow. A food or drink stain on your tie can ruin it, so to state the obvious, make sure you take care when eating with your tie on – although we know this warning may be like the kiss of death! One trick is to flip your tie over your shoulder – but admittedly what you may feel is acceptable while eating at you office desk may not feel appropriate at a Michelin star restaurant. If you do happen to find a stain on your tie, try to act quickly. Dab or blot the stain with tepid water or with soda water. For greasy stains, a little bit of talcum powder on the stain can help to absorb the grease and can later be brushed off. If you do need to seek professional help, take your tie to a reputable dry cleaner and specify that they do not press the tie, as this will flatten the rolled edges of the tie and ruin the shape.
3. Storage of ties
It’s a point of contention, but the experts say you should roll your ties rather than hanging them. Sure, hanging your ties might save on space and help you to see your collection more easily, but rolling your ties is a better way to take care of them. Rolling untied ties from the narrow to the thick end allows the running stitch that constitutes the spine of the tie to relax and prevents your ties from wrinkling. It helps your ties spring to life – whereas hanging them has the tendency to flatten what life they have in them.
4. Dealing with pulled threads on ties
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding pulled threads on your ties. These days, some men may be more prone to snags if they find the palms of their hands are callused or rough from lifting weights working out at the gym. Short of having a manicure every week, there is little you can do about rough palms, but we can give you a tip for how to rectify the pulled threads on your ties. Firstly, depending on the snag or pulled thread, you can try to pull back the loose thread into the tie with a needle and thread. Failing that, and as a last resort, if you’re game, you can burn the pulled thread with a carefully-held hot needle. The silk will fuse and the pulled thread will disappear. We’ve also seen people hold a lighter up to pulled threads in ties and we have seen it work, but we can’t condone doing this if you’re at all nervous. It takes some skill and confidence. Setting an expensive tie on fire is one thing, but safety is the main concern.
Wearing beautiful ties – be they silk or woven, allows the modern gent to show some individuality and personal style in a sea of suits. It’s professional, stylish and practical in terms of being an easy way to bring diversity to your collection of shirts and suits. Most men don’t own enough ties, so start shopping the Philippe Perzi Vienna collection and remember – look after these beautiful pieces of cloth.
“Wer seine Kleidung vernachlässigt, vernachlässigt sich selber” – He who neglects his clothes, neglects himself – Thomas Rusche