Mountain & Sackett Are Best In Class Ivy Ties… And Made In America… And Family Owned (3rd Generation)… And Good Guys.

Before we go any further, here are some of the ties from the M&S Spring/Summer collection. Click on the photo to take a look, or read, then come back and take a look, or take a look and come back and read. Either way, this is a company worth supporting.


So the WOCBD OCD thing is kinda worked out, I got a bunch of blue shirts, and when I wear them I don’t itch or walk in circles.   One must always pursue growth.

Not wearing a repp tie though, that was Lithium-Withdrawal- Hard.  But  this tie from Mountain & Sackett:

This is called the Kent Blue Geo tie. If you click on the image you can see it over on their site.


Here it is, the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, in my hot church fellowship hall, with my daughter.


This was after church. I have wilted. My daughter, who was the reader that day, wilted. But the tie held up.


If you don’t know the rant about these ties, it is this.  Most of the times the back of a tie is constructed with a liner, so you are tying a knot of silk and… liner.  Mountain & Sackett do this differently, the reverse of the side is silk as well, as a result, they tie more easily, and they hang MUCH more consistently.  The tie in that picture had been on since 6:00am, and that was around noon, so, wait.  Let ME do the math.  Carry the 7,  do we round this?  6.  6 Hours.   Everything else drooping, tie hanging right in there.  The photo from their web site above does a better job of grabbing the blue, but this is a really unique blue.  There is enough energy in it to make it fun and different, there is enough dark in it to make it a tie you have to take seriously.

The second tie I got from the collection was…

This tie already has a story attached to it. But first, the green. Go over to their site (by clicking on the photo) and see another few images of this tie. The green is hard to articulate. It is not 90’s-Brooks-Mistake vibrant, but it isn’t dullard green either. There is enough “something” in it to make this tie unique, but again, M&S know exactly where to draw the line so that you are not wearing whimsy.


In case you missed the story. Two things. (1) this is Laura Arnold, I finally met her, and she is fantastic. (2) This tie got spilled on by an overanxious Burton family that does not get out enough, I then spent our weekly grocery bill in Bedford for a can of seltzer in Manhattan, and the friggin double-silk tie held up its part of the bargain.  You will note that I am wearing the same sportcoat in both shots.  That is not by design.  It is because I look fat in this picture and okay but haggard in the other.


Friday we will do round two, there are two other ones I wanted to show you.  But do take a look at their site.  The ties are reasonably priced, made better than any tie I have ever worn, and this is a great place to support too.


24 Comments on "Mountain & Sackett Are Best In Class Ivy Ties… And Made In America… And Family Owned (3rd Generation)… And Good Guys."

  1. Boston Bean | May 31, 2022 at 3:14 pm |

    With all due respect, sir, I will stick to white OCBDs. Who knows, perhaps you will come to realize that they do breathe better. I suppose it might have something to do with the blue dye of the thread.

    • John Burton | May 31, 2022 at 6:31 pm |

      I don’t blame you. If it wasn’t my job…

      • Harkness Tower | May 31, 2022 at 11:46 pm |

        The “WOCBD thing” has nothing whatsoever to do with OCD.
        It’s an objective decision to wear the classiest, most comfortable shirts. I would argue that refusing to budge from blue OCBDs without considering the white option is the real OCD thing.

        • John Burton | June 1, 2022 at 6:26 am |

          I think perhaps we are both right. A free mind could do either/or. That said, I am trying blue today and am already twitching. 🙂

  2. James Borkowski | May 31, 2022 at 3:19 pm |

    I liked my first Mountain & Sackett tie so much that I just ordered their “Frank Reagan Blue Bloods” tie.

  3. Expat Yank | May 31, 2022 at 4:31 pm |

    JB, I need that jacket. Care to share the make & model?

  4. Arthur McLean | May 31, 2022 at 5:09 pm |

    Where is the Madras jacket from. looks great.

  5. whiskeydent | May 31, 2022 at 6:42 pm |

    I really like the madras-like Bryant model. One of those would work perfectly with a seersucker jacket.

    • John Burton | June 1, 2022 at 9:02 am |

      Not kidding, these ties are built different. The fabric and the silk, they are for sure as fine as any available, but the construction is also the thing.

  6. NaturalShoulder | May 31, 2022 at 11:06 pm |

    I like the fact that the offer different sizing options along with the reasonable price. I plan to place an order soon

  7. AndrewK247 | June 1, 2022 at 2:07 am |

    A neat or foulard pattern is a perfectly acceptable alternative to stripes.
    I prefer subtle patterns, as stripes seem a little too bold for my taste.
    Will admit to having 2 striped ones though, a BB Argyll & Sutherland and a blue/orange (GO ILLINI) purchased from Eljo’s.

    Will keep these guys on my radar, though I don’t wear ties much anymore.
    That Kent Blue one is my favorite from the current collection.

  8. James Borkowski | June 1, 2022 at 7:30 am |

    I always wonder why J. Press does not carry extra long ties. That’s why I checked out Mountain & Sackett. You can order ties in several widths and lengths.

  9. Here’s what I like:

    The Anglo American connection: USA made, but British woven goods. This is (the paragon of) Ivy.

    “We’re at our best when we’re trying to heal the wounds of Siege of Yorktown,”
    “What made Churchill the perfect emissary to America? He, the embodiment of Great Britain, was raised by a born-and-raised…by a New Yorker.”

    And the narratives unfold. Here’s a question: Did Crockett & Jones make a penny loafer before Bass? What if? God save the Queen.

  10. M&S:
    USA made, British woven cloth. Anglo American(ism).
    This is the paragon of Ivy.

    As Paul Winston once put it, during a conversation about a blazer of Hardy-Minnis (West of England) flannelL: “In the end, We’re all just a bunch of Brooks Brothers impersonators.” And they were purloining British style, especially tweedy English Country.

    • Hardbopper | June 1, 2022 at 5:16 pm |

      I agree. Harrison’s of Edinburg or Minnis or Fox flannel, made in USA, is the ideal. From whence cometh the silk?

  11. Charlottesville | June 1, 2022 at 11:25 am |

    Some very nice looking ties at a very good price. If only I didn’t already have about 100 too many in my closet … .

  12. John,

    What size (width) did you order on your M&S ties?

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