Admittedly, when clients started asking if I could make a seven fold tie, I couldn’t help wondering why?
My chain of thought was, doesn’t our usual 3 fold ties do the job? I think it was a case of not experiencing what it was like to wear a seven fold tie.
The difference between 3-fold and 7 fold construction is that a 3- fold tie is folded three times and has a wool interlining placed inside, which contribute to its weight, drape and knot.
A 7- fold tie on the other hand is folded seven times onto itself and the folds inside creates the 'interlining'.
It takes approximately over a one metre of fabric to handcraft a seven fold tie, when a three fold tie takes three quarter of a metre and sometimes less depending on the fabric's pattern.
The process takes longer as each fold creates the necktie's shape and this must be meticulously placed, as it will play the role of the interlining, which gives the tie its substance.
Is wearing a 7 fold tie any different to our a 3 fold necktie? Yes!
From the experience of wearing both, I like to refer to the 7 fold tie as the purest necktie that can be made or worn for that matter, because the knot and drape comes from the silk’s properties... completely.
Therefore the weight and the hand feel will all play a role in how the tie behaves when knotted and drapes. In most cases the drape seem so nonchalant and easy around the neck due to the silks lightness. Around the edge of the blade and tail tends to be smoother and so the tie doesn’t look like a flat strip hanging (providing the tie is steamed and not pressed of course). Due to the construction everything seems natural and a delight to wear.
The beauty here for example is, if the material is light then it will become a lightweight tie and behave accordingly. And a heavy material will contribute to the neckties behaviour accordingly too.
I have noticed that some 7 fold ties are folded 7 times on the blade and the tail only. Leaving the rest of the tie to be constructed in a 3-fold tie manner, hence the reason it has wool interlining inside.
Shaun Gordon's ties are folded seven times throughout the entire tie, so that you can truly experience the beauty of the fabric's qualities. All our seven-fold ties are finished with double bullion, which add a distinguished touch and further announce hand craftsmanship.