LET'S BEGIN WITH HOW OUR TIES ARE MADE
The selected fabric is chalked and cut on a bias. which means the pattern is cut on 45° angle because the natural stretch or ‘give’ in the material helps the knot to form without too much tension on the fabric and allow to recover better from creases, when finished wearing for the day.
Once the pieces of the tie has been sewn together, the shell fabric is folded over the interlining, which will create the shape of the tie. The thread that will secure the fold together is hand sewn along the back of the tie’s seam. This technique is known as the slip stitch. The stitch is hidden underneath the fold and goes through to the interlining and the process is repeated until it reaches the end. This part of the tie production is crucial because it holds the tie together and keeps the interlining in place. This can take a considerable amount of time depending on the characteristic of the fabric.
At the beginning and end of the Slip stitch you will see a bullion, which secures the stitch in place. It is imperative the bullion is finished firmly because if not, with wear this could easily loosen and eventually lead to the thread breaking and unravel, spelling bad news for the life span of the tie.
A HIDDEN DETAIL
Towards the end of slip stitching, a tension loop is applied at the end of the bullion. This detail can appear on the blade or tail of the tie, which is purely subjective to the artisan. Why is this important? Well, as you can imagine, the amount of pressure applied to your necktie, the tension loop gives elasticity or movement to the thread during the knotting process and prevents the thread from breaking in the long run.
left - right: Self-tipped, Contrast tipped and hand-rolled tipped
At the back of the tie, sometimes you will see a different type of fabric inserted into the border, which is hidden underneath the seam of the tie. There are various styles of tipping, which could be bold contrast colours and patterns. Self-tipping, which speaks for itself, implies using the same fabric as the Shell. Hand-rolled Tipping is where the edges are rolled and hand stitched revealing the interior of the fabric.
A LITTLE CARE GOES ALONG WAY
The Care label is sewn into the tail border, which tends to be hidden. This label gives you valuable information on how to care for your tie. In which we would recommend dry clean only (very sparingly), if you so get a little bit of stain, try spot cleaning it gently. Do not bleach and if you must iron that irritating little crease use the cool setting. The last thing you want to do is wear a lifeless flat strip of material.
This is a loop, which keeps the tail securely behind the blade. The use of the keeper is subjective to the wearer’s style, as they may prefer the tail to be visible.
HANDCRAFTED FOR THE 'ONE OF A KIND' INDIVIDUAL
Each tie has a woven label with a handwritten the production number, which reminds you with every wear that you possess your very own limited edition tie. This is true exclusivity because our ties are not massed produced in a large factory and you are highly unlikely to walk into someone else wearing your ‘one of a kind collective’.
Needless to say, that limited edition means once they have sold out
- It's GONE!
Anatomy of Shaun Gordon Necktie
And that is how our neckties are made. If you can any questions do contact us here and thank you for reading.