It’s not often we can say our style is inspired by 17th century Croatian mercenaries. Edwardian intellectuals? Yes. 90s indie bands? Why not? Eastern European soldiers of fortune? Not so much.
In fact it was these soldiers who first took small pieces of cloth and wound them round their necks; possibly for comfort under the hard and heavy armour they wore, or simply because they wanted to add a little colour to their uniforms. Either way, on a visit to Paris these knotted bits of cloth caught the eye of boy-king Louis XIV and where he led, the mass of French nobility followed. They started a Europe-wide trend for neckwear and gave us the name ‘cravat’ (from the French name for the soldiers, Croates).
Fast forward several centuries to 19th century London and the tie, as it was now known, with its delicate fabrics and intricate knots, had come to epitomise elegance and wealth, cementing its position as a must-have in aspirational Victorian society. Throughout the 20th century, the tie became a medium by which men communicated their personalities, networks and associations; hence the multitude of distinctive school and sports club stripes, plus tie clips and pins.
Today, we’d heartily recommend you chose one of the following as your formalwear companion; the Berrycroft, the Braybrooke, the Brackendale and the Batheaston. Each one is made by Tessitura Attilio Bottinelli, one of Europe’s finest tie makers, based in Como, Italy. Keep it elegant and not overbearing, and tie yours with a neat, asymmetrical, four-in-hand knot; just what you need to bring together a suit or smarten up a blazer this autumn.