Men’s Fashion Accessories: The tie, its history and success in Italy

TieAuthor:  Emanuela L.
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Among the “must-haves” of male look, the tie plays surely a fundamental role for it is the symbol of elegance. The history of this accessory is very ancient, someone even traces its roots back to the Roman age, though there is not a real connection between its primary use and its present use, much closer to the neckerchief born in 1650. In those years, the ones who wore a tie were considered very rich.

The long history of ties as male accessories went on between the XVIII and the XIX centuries when it was made famous by the renowned boxer James Belcher who was used to have his portraits with this particular neckerchief, symbol of style and elegance, even though it clashed with his usual informal outfit.

The tie became the symbol of dandy men in 1800 thanks to Lord Brummel, a very elegant personage who loved to associate this accessory to a blue tailcoat and waistcoat, beige trousers and black boots. Towards the end of the century, Oxford students inaugurated the first true tie to be used at the club of their college; but the origin of the tie as we know it is to be ascribed to Jesse Langsdorf in 1924, who dismissed one and for all the foulard with a knot used so far. Since then, the tie has been exported all over the world and won also the Italian style giving birth to an important tradition of Made in Italy with famous producers among which the Neapolitan brand Marinella excels.

From 1914 to now, this company produces every day more than 100 different models of ties: ready made, custom-tailored or seven fold. Among its customers there are the top representatives of Italian sophistication and elegance, such as the Agnelli or the descendants of the Borbone of Naples.

The Marinella family has also defined the standards of the perfect tie that should fall within the 8 centimeters and half and – in the largest part – 9 centimeters and half. The color is a detail that shouldn’t be overlooked and that should be different from the rest of the outfit; while, as far as the fabric is concerned, it is good to follow the tradition (usually based on the use of silk).