Grass-fed Beef. 180 thread-count sheets. Fully canvassed blazers. Slow churned ice-cream. Steel-cut oats. All cost more, and represent the highest quality of their type, but many don’t even know what separates them from the ordinary.
Enter Seven-Fold Ties, an historic symbol of luxury. It’s been called the Rolls Royce of neckwear. But why? Is a seven-fold tie really a “better” tie? The answer – Yes. And here’s why:
What Is A 7-Fold Tie?
The term 7-fold refers to how the necktie is constructed. Instead of sewing an inlay into the tie for thickness, the tie is made unlined out of a single piece of fabric (generally silk) that is folded 7 times.
While it is true that an onlooker cannot visibly decipher a 7-fold from a traditional 3-fold, the wearer can feel the difference, as a true 7-fold gives a thicker feel, incomparable drape, a larger looking tie knot, and a more hefty weight. It is generally thought that the added heft and vertical folds of the silk prevents twisting.
There is a reason most true 7-folds will run you $150-$300. It will take a full square meter of silk to craft one tie, along with many careful man-hours.
– Like any other high-quality item, take care of your 7-fold ties, as they can last a lifetime. This means carefully undoing the knot after a days use, and hanging it on a proper tie rack or rolling it for storage.
– Stick with a standard four-in-hand knot. The added silk will already make a prominent knot, and using a 7-fold for a Windsor will make a huge knot suitable only for Italians or rappers married to Beyonce.
Feel The Difference
At FreshNeck, we strive to offer the best of the best, including 7-fold ties from a range of designers. Check out our selections from Sette (“Seven” in Italian), Kiton, Isaia, and others.
The entire 7-fold Collection can be found here.
Some of our favs: