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The hidden history of Ties

As a proper country gent, no outfit is complete without a tie. It adds class and sophistication to ones look. But have you ever asked yourself why we wear ties?

They don't keep us warm or dry and they certainly don't add comfort. So why do we love wearing them?

I have taken it upon myself, as Country Master to help us all develop our understanding of ties.

Most historians agree that the necktie originated in the 17th century, during the 30 year war in France. King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform.

Alas, neckties do serve a function! They were used to tie the top of their jackets. But they also had quite a decorative effect. A look that King Louis became quite fond of.

He actually liked it so much that he made these ties a mandatory accessory for Royal gatherings.

The necktie was named “La Cravate” in honour of the Croatian soldiers.

Since the 17th century the neck tie has undergone many changes, often subtle but all important.

Duirng the 20th Century, the world saw a decline in formal cravats as mens fashion became less about look and more about comfort, functionality and fit.

The 1920s were an important decade for men’s ties. A tie maker by the name of Jesie Langsdorf invented a new way of cutting the fabric when constructing a tie. This led to the creation of different tie knots.

Bow ties were reserved for formal occasions whilst neck ties were the predominant choice for gentlemen.

Neckties were a way for gentlemen to express their artistic side, during the Art Deco movement, the ties became wider and bolder, expressing patterns and designs reflecting Art Deco.

Ties continued to become bolder and more colourful after the end of the war. They displayed patterns that stood out and became a piece of statement clothing.

It is rumoured that ‘skinny’ ties were invented as the makers were running short of fabric so used the last bits to form a tie! Whether there is truth in this or not, they were definitely still a statement and were used in the 50s to compliment a more fitted, tailored styling.

The ‘skinny’ tie movement took a U-turn in the 60s when some gents wore ties as wide as 6 inches! These were known as ‘Kipper Ties’ and they were fully embraced during the disco movement of he 70s!

As time moved on, more materials were regularly available for tie makers. The 80s saw the re-emergence of the skinny tie alongside the Kipper Tie.

Today, ties are available in many different widths, cuts, fabrics and patterns. I am all about choice and allowing the modern man to express his own personal style. Here at Country Master we stock a broad range of ties, each giving their own twist on a look.

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