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Pleated Ties

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Marc Chevalier, Mar 22, 2006.

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    And so they did ... for a few years, at least.


    Pleated neckties were born around 1950. Known (along with pin-up ties) as "exotics", their heyday was in the mid-'50s. By the early '60s, however, Dame Fashion was smiling on ties too narrow to hold pleats. And that, as they say, was that.

    Never a big hit, vintage pleated ties are somewhat difficult to find today.




    Below is an early example in woven rayon from about 1950. Note that it has six pleats:

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    And here is another, a brocade, from about 1953. Slightly narrower than its earlier cousin, it has only four pleats:

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  2. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    Hey now, that's a cool look!

    I've never seen it before. Looks like multiple ties upon ties. :) Hope it makes a comeback somehow.
     
  3. Nathan Flowers

    Nathan Flowers Head Bartender Staff Member

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    My dad has one that is definitely 50's, but it's really ugly.
     
  4. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    Even though they're from the 50s they really have something of art deco about them. I don't think I've ever seen a tie like that before. Interesting post.
     
  5. Lauren

    Lauren Distinguished Service Award

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    That first one is absolutely beautiful.
     
  6. Mycroft

    Mycroft One Too Many

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    Cool, but they make me nauseous with the repeating pattern aound and around.
     
  7. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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    the tiered 'fan' effect is very deco , though personally i find them too fussy.
     
  8. Mojave Jack

    Mojave Jack One Too Many

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    How in the world...

    ..do you tie those things?! Do they tie just like a regular tie?
     
  9. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    Never thought of that.

    Maybe they came in a clip on version? :rolleyes:
     

  10. Yes, they do. And the secret is ... not all of the tie is pleated. Above a certain point, it's smooth. You tie the knot with the smooth part. The knot should form just above where the pleats stop. See below:



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  11. I seriously thought about buying a few of these a couple of days ago (Scotrace - in the store i told you about). They were in my pile of ties - buck a piece.

    I just couldn't do it to myself. Horrid things. A terrible style that rightly died a death. Give me 30s - with moth holes & sweat stains - any day of the week.

    bk :kick:
     
  12. Zach R.

    Zach R. Practically Family

    Any chance they are still there?
     
  13. adamgottschalk

    adamgottschalk A-List Customer

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    What do folks think of pleated ties? I have a blue one that's got three horizontal pleats with visible stitching about 3/4 of the way to the top of the tie. I haven't worn it yet, but I like it. I found this pink one on eBay, going for way too much ($50 Buy it Now), but I like this a great deal:

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    What do others think?
     
  14. The Wingnut

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    Wow...never seen that before! That one looks very streamline / moderne. Not a fan of the color, but in the right fabric and shade, it would be a killer look...
     
  15. I have two hanging around here some place. They are interesting ties. I wear them on occassion.

    Regards,

    J
     
  16. Paisley

    Paisley I'll Lock Up

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    Art deco comes to mind.
     
  17. reetpleat

    reetpleat Call Me a Cab

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    I have seen and owned a few fifties ones. Very cool, but only good with a fifties outfit for me. I assumed they were not done in the 40s. But then I found one that was wider and more late 40s. I will dig it out and post a pic.

    I remember about fifteen years ago reading an article about some guy who was making them, and the article said it had nver been done before. Then I found a few vintage ones. Don't believe everything you read.
     
  18. Feraud

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    I would wear it!
     
  19. By now, everything has been done before. :p
     
  20. melankomas

    melankomas One of the Regulars

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    i rather like pleated ties, actually. i haven't any, but i do admire them. i've seen a few that were, to be kind, disastrous, but they can be quite nice.
     

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