Men’s ties are a critical finishing touch for a suit and one of the few places where guys can express some personality. Discover the stylish men’s clothing companies below for some of the best stores to buy neckties online.
Take a chance on a necktie
I’ve found neckties to be one of the easiest ways to take a chance on a new retailer or to venture abroad.
For most of the other pieces of clothing in my closet, when I know I need something particular, it’s frankly more comfortable and convenient to shop state-side from innovative retailers with U.S. operations like Bonobos, Charles Tyrwhitt, Ledbury, Nordstrom and Wolf and Shepherd.
But there are a wealth of innovative companies in the UK, France, Italy, Japan, Thailand and in the United States who make interesting and unique ties that are worth checking out.
What is the best width for a necktie?
The best width for a necktie will vary based on your size and preferences.
I favor slim-but-not skinny ties because they look best my relatively slim-and-shorter frame the best. For me, the best necktie width is 7 centimeters or 2.75 inches. Anything narrower is too skinny and not appropriate for my day-to-day, and anything over 3 inches is way too wide for my frame.
Someone who is a 6’3″ and 240 pounds would likely do best with a 3.25 inch tie (or wider).
Richmond-based menswear startup Ledbury’s modern take on British-tailoring-cum-southern-charm makes the direct-to-consumer retailer one of the best overall options for menswear around. It’s on my list of editor’s picks for menswear and tops my list of the best options for men’s dress shirts.
They also make super-attractive neckties that are designed in Richmond, woven in Italy and hand-made in the USA (in New York), though, with most at 3.25 inches in width, they tend to be a little wide for me.
The Tie Bar
Greg and Gina Shugar founded The Tie Bar out of Chicago in 2004 (and since sold the company to a private equity firm) with a laser-like focus on providing quality yet cheap neckties for men. The Tie Bar has a wide selection of very stylish and very affordable ties. They also maintain a seriers of brick-and-mortar shops around the United States. (Look inside The Tie Bar showroom in Washington, DC.)
I love that many of their ties are available in multiple widths, ranging from super-skinny (2 inches) to skinny (2.5 inches) to slim (3 inches) to reguar (3.25 inches), though they manage to skip over the best possible width for a tie (2.75 inches).
While their ties all look great, I’ve had a mixed experience with their knots. The knot on one knitted tie I bought is comically large no matter what I do, the result of too-thick material and lining. Others have resulted in much better looking knots.
Bonobos is a stylish men’s clothing option for a range of cheap chinos, button downs, athleisure and other wardrobe staples. The digital-native retailer also stocks a selection of stylish neckties for men, made variously from silk, linen, and cotton fabrics. (Bonobos is one of my favorite menswear retailers and sells a range of clothing that would fit right in with the Dark and Light Academia fashion trends sweeping social media.)
Bonobos’ neckties for men are made in the United States. They tend to offer neckties in widths of 2.75 inches or 3 inches.
Bonobos neckties start at $68 (but watch out for sales that can bring the cost much lower).
When I’m looking for a new tie, one of the first places I search is the Nines, a Paris-based retailer of neckties, cufflinks, socks, dress shirts, ties and more.
The Nines was founded by friends Erwan Desvignes et Renaud Martel, who had met in Sweden and jumped into menswear in France. I’ve had a chance to visit their shops in Paris and order several ties from the company.
Many of their ties are 8 cm, which is a tad wider than my preferred width of 7cm (around 2.75 inches).
Nordstrom is my favorite retailer for the digital age thanks to its outstanding customer service, website functionality, and free shipping and return policies. The Washington State-based retailer features its own brands alongside traditional and up-and-coming men’s clothing companies, making it a great one-stop-shop to discover new brands.
Nordstrom is a fantastic place to buy men’s ties online. In addition to ties from their own labels, Nordstrom features ties from companies including Suit Supply, Ted Baker London, Canali, Bruello Cucinelli, Cufflinks Inc., Eton and David Donahue, Boss, and Salvador Ferragamo.
My favorite part of Nordstrom’s website is that you can filter ties by width. There is an option to see neckties that measure between 2.75 and 3 inches in width (my favorite).
Sigh. If only I could afford Drake’s ties. Founded in 1977 by Michael Drake, Drake’s haberdasher manufactures from East London and is best known for its fabulous and expensive selection of knitted, woven and grenadine ties. I love perusing their shop just off Savile Row in London.
You can find Drake’s ties on the company’s website, and at high end and specialty menswear retailers including the fantastic No Man Walks Alone as well as Mr. Porter and menswear magazine-cum-retailer The Rake.
The Dark Knot
The Dark Knot is a menswear startup that makes luxurious, small-batch hand-made neckties. They don’t have a huge selection, but offer small runs of woven silk, printed silk, grenadine, silk knitted, and wool ties.
Happily, you can filter ties by width. At 2 5/8 inches, their “skinny ties” are the perfect width for me.
Take 25% discount off orders of the Dark Knot’s Luxury Line using discount code SHARELUXURY.
Spier and Mackay
Canada-based menswear startup Spier and Mackay may be best known for their affordable yet luxurious suits, but they also house a nice set of cheap ties for men.
Kent Wang makes beautiful and unique ties. They come in interesting and mostly subtle-but-not-boring fabrics, patterns, colors and textures including navy wool donegal and burgundy cashmere herringbone.
Their ties clock in at under $100 (mostly around $75-85), making them more affordable then, say Drake’s.
The best part? Customers can select either a slim width of 3 inches or traditional width of 3.5 inches (yikes!). My only wish is that Kent made ties in a 2.75 inch width.
As I wrote back in 2014, Chipp Neckwear founder Paul Winston is a throwback to an earlier time. Paul makes and sells a nice range of grenadine, ancient madder and “conversation piece” printed silk ties from his storefront and Chipp Neckwear’s online e-commerce site out of New York City. I wish he’d make his ties in a width narrower than 3.25 inches, but that’s my only complaint.
UK-based Augustus Hare makes especially good-looking knitted ties (the ones with square tips) in a width of 7 cm (2.75 inches), as well as woven and printed silk ties, cuff links, pocket squares and socks.
Sam Hober and Benjamin Hober
The Hober Family (David, Noi, Benjamin & Samantha (Sam)) make an incredible variety of custom ties from Thailand. As they note on the Sam Hober website, Sam Hober “can make a tie with any length, width or shape that you request, including custom made 7 fold ties, and 6 fold ties” (aka 7 fold ties). Their website is the complete opposite of slick, but it’s user friendly enough and sufficient for the Hobers to convey a lot of information about A LOT of different bespoke neckties for men. The family maintains a separate web property, Benjamin Hober, that sells ready-to-wear ties (aka ready-made ties).
Joe Hakim founded micro-brand Foundation Menswear just outside of Detroit Michigan after being frustrated by wading through low quality mall brands and overpriced luxury labels. He is also the founder of A Modest Gent, and has an eye for fashion I like the look and variety of his slim paisley, knit and plaid ties. At around $40, his ties are also very reasonably priced. They’re also available on Etsy.
Where to buy grenadine ties for men
One of my favorite types of neckties is the grenadine silk tie for men. Here is my list of where to find the best and cheapest grenadine neckties online.
Note that The Tie Bar’s “Grenefaux” ties are not real Grenadine silk, but if you want the look of grenadine ties without the price, they get some love on Reddit for their excellent ratio of value-to-price.
Who makes your favorite neckties?
What brands are missing from this list? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
About JakeJake is passionate about exploring entrepreneurs' global journeys. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the innovative brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age. Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and/or fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine, and has provided analysis on international business for BBC Radio, NBC News, CNN and Time Magazine.
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