Hermes ties

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What is your view on Hermes ties?

Yes: not exactly "rare. Expensive. Ubiquitous. But still.

Do you prefer the classics? Orange with blue, red with grey? Funny animals? Or are you an adventurer, diving into their Heavy Twill and woven offerings? Or even 7cm?

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Pimpernel Smith

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One of my colleagues sports exclusively Hermes ties, so I daren't wear them in case there's some clone zone vibe to us both wearing them. That's the problem with Hermes ties, they're too distinctively Hermes. I've a few geometric ties that could be mistaken for Hermes, but are not. I prefer their classic textured orange and more plain ones.

I like Drakes as well, but I went on the Drakes website yesterday and was a bit disappointed with the tie offerings. I assume more on the way this season. And if you're sporting a T&A collar, nothing beats a T&A tie.
 

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With Hermes, you're paying massive overheads for the brand name. Avoid like the plague.
Yes, but sometimes paying for Hermes is justified with certain things like the brilliant coloured high quality cashmere they have made which is unique, but probably not for ties imo unless you really like the designs.
 

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How open-minded and tolerant
what? what the fuck does not wanting little elephants with umbrellas, or whatever god awful design they are running now, have to do with open-mindedness and tolerance? are you attempting to say that because no one here would be interested in wearing any of the shitty looking Hermes designs that we are somehow anti-gay?
 

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what? what the fuck does not wanting little elephants with umbrellas, or whatever god awful design they are running now, have to do with open-mindedness and tolerance? are you attempting to say that because no one here would be interested in wearing any of the shitty looking Hermes designs that we are somehow anti-gay?
Well, that's just about killed off this thread before it was getting started!

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I quite like the current ones, but they're pretty much a modern-yet-archaic status symbol. The only people that give two shits about H ties are upper-middle class professionals (Investment bankers, management consultants, lawyers, etc.) - and if anything, they're just articles people wear to "fit in".

As someone wrote: "Hermès ties are like Air Jordans for white people."
 

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I quite like the current ones, but they're pretty much a modern-yet-archaic status symbol. The only people that give two shits about H ties are upper-middle class professionals (Investment bankers, management consultants, lawyers, etc.) - and if anything, they're just articles people wear to "fit in".

As someone wrote: "Hermès ties are like Air Jordans for white people."
The Chinese are crazy for Hermès ties. That says it all.
 
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About building a capsule tie wardrobe, my latest plan.

"I have an aversion to bright red (so many politicians look so bad with a dark suit and a white shirt, with a bright-red tie).
But I have nothing against a burgundy, it’s a lovely colour. I’d have one in my top 10, as I say. It’s just never as versatile as navy, and often as green." - S. Crompton

I agree, as rarely as that happens. The best Hermes ties are the one where the base colour (i.e. red or orange) is heavily muted by a grey over-pattern.

And:

"I’ve never understood the web’s notorious clotheshorses and their compulsive acquiring. Money is not the issue, as some spend lavishly while others are inveterate thrifters. At some point both must reach a stage of surfeit, when it’s impossible for every item in their wardrobe to be fondly cherished. It’s the difference between having a dog and having a kennel. At some point it’s just variety for its own sake, and at that point are your clothes really an extension of you?"- Christian Chensvold

Would it be possible to get down to 10 ties?

How do I avoid the "in Summer you need bright pastels" trap?
 

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About building a capsule tie wardrobe, my latest plan.

"I have an aversion to bright red (so many politicians look so bad with a dark suit and a white shirt, with a bright-red tie).
But I have nothing against a burgundy, it’s a lovely colour. I’d have one in my top 10, as I say. It’s just never as versatile as navy, and often as green." - S. Crompton

I agree, as rarely as that happens. The best Hermes ties are the one where the base colour (i.e. red or orange) is heavily muted by a grey over-pattern.

And:

"I’ve never understood the web’s notorious clotheshorses and their compulsive acquiring. Money is not the issue, as some spend lavishly while others are inveterate thrifters. At some point both must reach a stage of surfeit, when it’s impossible for every item in their wardrobe to be fondly cherished. It’s the difference between having a dog and having a kennel. At some point it’s just variety for its own sake, and at that point are your clothes really an extension of you?"- Christian Chensvold

Would it be possible to get down to 10 ties?

How do I avoid the "in Summer you need bright pastels" trap?
Crompton is displaying the English aversion to pristine white shirts paired with bright strident ties. You will find the English do peacock ties but in general subdued ties and jacket pairings. However, in Crompton case he has a dull palate of brown and blues and now it seems a bit of burgundy.

One fears in Chinny-Chenners case he has such a small studio apartment that he must constantly keep his clothes to a minimum so that there remains room for the hot plate.
 

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I really like some of the patterns that Hermes uses for its ties - they did some lovely patterns based on Aesop's fables some years back.

However, whenever I've tried one on, I've always been disappointed by the knot and the way the tie sits, or hangs. It's almost as if the silk is too slippery.
 
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