The History of the Necktie

History of the Necktie: Some form of neckwear other than the outdoor scarf can be traced intermittently through many centuries, whether as part of a uniform (as far back as Roman soldiers) or as a symbol of belonging to a particular group.

The modern necktie can be traced back to the time of the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) when the traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs worn by Croatian mercenaries aroused the interest of the Parisians. The garment gained the name “cravat” (“cravate” in French). The boy-king, Louis XIV, began wearing a lace cravat in about 1646, when he was seven, and set the fashion for French nobility and started a fashion craze throughout Europe with both men and women.

In Britain, where regimental stripes have been used in tie designs at least since the 1920s, necktie stripes run from the left shoulder down to the right side and are normally worn only by people affiliated with a particular regiment, university, school or organization. When Brooks Brothers introduced similar ties in the United States around the beginning of the 20th century, their stripes ran from the right shoulder to the left side, in part to distinguish them from British affiliations. After the First World War, hand-painted ties became an accepted form of decoration in America. The widths of some of these ties went up to 4.5 inches and these loud, flamboyant ties sold very well all the way through the 1950s. At the start of the 21st century, ties were typically 3 1⁄2 to 3 3⁄4 inches wide, with a broad range of patterns available – from traditional stripes, foulards, and club ties (with a crest or design signifying a club, organization, or order) to abstract, themed, and humorous ones. The standard length remains 57 inches, but can sometimes vary slightly. While ties as wide as 3 3⁄4 inches are still available, ties under 3 inches wide also became popular, particularly with younger men and the fashion-conscious. In 2008 and 2009, the world of fashion saw a return to narrower ties.

Each TaylordBlu Necktie is handmade from the finest Silk Woven Jacquard chosen in the most fashion forward colors and designs. Fabrics are chosen from around the world to create ties that will best project the style of the TaylordBlu man.

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