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Great Moments in Knit Tie History

So good, it's been worn by everyone from JFK and The Beatles to Michael J Fox as Alex P Keaton in Family Ties.

Haruo Suzuki of Take Ivy. Photo: Scott Schuman

Whether your association with knit ties is Ivy Leaguers, Italians, British school uniforms, streetstyle photographs from Pitti Uomo, or social workers who wore theirs tied short with oversized corduroy sportcoats in the 1980s, the statement neck-piece is as staple a menswear form as an OCBD or a pair of dub monks. With spring on the way, we’re soon to be strolling the streets in lightweight jackets and cutaway collars, colorful ties visible for all the world to see, so for a bit of inspiration, we’ve put together a slideshow of great knit-tie-wearers over decades past. From JFK and The Beatles to Michael J Fox as Alex P Keaton — not to mention LeBron James on the cover of this month’s GQ — we’re confident you’ll find something here to pique your interests.

And when you’re done browsing, shop ties (knit, and otherwise) on Gilt >>

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