A Seven-fold Tie

A few words on why a man should occasionally wear seven feet of silk.

Illustration: Mickey DuzyjUnlike most ties, which are made with several pieces of fabric sewn together, a seven-fold is made of a single sheet of silk, usually about a square yard, but sometimes up to two and a half. Cut, like all proper neckwear, on a bias, the fabric is then folded seven times into itself, the edges are hand-rolled and hand-stitched. At the end of this lengthy process—which must all be done by hand—is a tie made entirely of silk. Compare this with a standard machine-made tie where a silk shell is lined with wool to give it body and one begins to understand why a seven-fold is superlative. It drapes perfectly and knots without bunching.

That’s the other hallmark of a seven-fold: it makes a substantial knot, especially when worn with a traditional half- or full Windsor. This is dangerous territory, particularly if you are neither Italian (as in, someone who lives in Italy) nor married to Beyoncé. So our advice is, when wearing something as hyper-trad as a seven-fold, undercut its formality with a sleeker, asymmetrical four-in-hand knot. After all, you’re wearing the tie and not vice versa.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • email
  1. Roy says:

    Dangeorus Territory: Italy & Beyonce

  2. C.+P. says:

    Aww, try a winsdsor you might like it. Use the spread collar

  3. Pingback: A Four-in-Hand Is Worth… | Gilt MANual

  4. Pingback: Title 1 |

  5. Alejandro says:

    A tie is a HUGE statement… and a man has few opportunities to make one with what he wears (when compared to women) and that is: socks, shoes, and ties.

    Forget the usual Hermes and other logo-be-spotted ties. Get a GREAT tie, a seven-fold or a knit and make a quiet statement about your attention to detail.

  6. Matt says:

    Pink makes some nice seven-fold ties.

  7. Matt says:

    Pink makes a nice seven-fold tie.

  8. Dave says:

    I love the 7-folds made by Sette Neckwear. Its by far the best I’ve ever seen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.