About Hermes Ties
Hermès of Paris (more commonly known as Hermès) is a luxury French brand, established in 1837 by an equestrian leather harness manufacturer in the Parisian Grands Boulevards quarter.
Since then, the company has evolved with the times and its range has necessarily expanded to include other leather wares, comprehensive ranges of men's and women's wear, footwear, handbags, wristwatches, jewellery, scarves, and ties, as well as perfume, stationery and homeware - all packaged and sold in their characteristic orange boxes. Hermès has also benefited over the years from some of the continent's finest designers, most recently including Jean Paul Gaultier.
The brand is particularly renowned for its wide selection of opulent men's ties, favoured by city workers around the world as a luxurious investment in style. Introduced in 1949, they range between printed, heavy silk, solid colour, contemporary and pochette designs, meticulously threaded and dyed with a variety of appealing motifs.
Printed ties with tight, formal patternings (sometimes geometric, sometimes little animals) come in blue, purple, pink, red, orange, green and yellow, as well as more conservative shades of black and grey.
Heavy silk ties have a weightier, more substantial feel to them, and also feature intricate and repeated motifs, while solid colour ties range in weave visibility from jacquard twill silk with a variable texture to basket weave, Faubourg and grided silk, which appear more uniform.
Meanwhile, a line of contemporary patternings and designs is continuously evolving, including more leisurely wear like scarf ties and pochettes.
When buying a Hermès tie, be sure to authenticate it before making a purchase. There are numerous guides on how to do this, but among the key points are that the silk should have the company's characteristic muted (not shiny) finish, and that the ridges of the weave should run in a diagonal direction.