By now, you know that you can preorder the getting-famous Black Watch Regimental Tie here. And save 10%. On one of the best made ties you will ever own. Why best made? I am glad you asked.
- All M&S ties are made in America.
- Family owned and operated business, third generation, two guys who love ties.
- If Mountain & Sackett weren’t such a cool name I would pitch them on the name Two Guys Who Love Ties.
- Their ties are handmade. 5 an hour. And inspected.
- Here’s why handmade is different. Different fabrics have different pulls. Machines don’t adjust for that. A sewing machine is not a Lexus that has weather mode. Handmade has soul, if you are the type to pick that up. But most importantly…
- These ties… tie better because the hand stitching doesn’t pierce the lining, so it doesn’t bind the face of the tie with its spine. So it moves better. It ties better, and it wears better. More on that in a second.
Here’s one of two ties I tested.
I want to talk for a second about the tying better thing. I have a dimple in the tie insistence. I don’t understand large tie knots (forget that they are distracting, they also feel like you are wearing a sandwich around your neck), and I really do not understand not dimpling one’s tie. It’s elegant (and when you are John Degage you need a boost of elegance), it creates a more pleasing line from the knot to the blade, and it distinguishes the tie from a leash. This dimple mandate has cost me time out of my life though, retying. The fact that the M&S tie is not affixed to its lining means that it just moves different, you can do more with it.
Here’s my post yesterday in the Facebook Group:
Here, take a look at the underside.
And now, a word about economics. The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders tie is priced at $69.50. Why? A few things. First, apparently there is a 7.2% tariff that has to be paid on ties made outside the US. That’s a decent slice of pie. Then there is the fact that there is no store. That is another decent, really decent, slice of the pie.
The experience over at Mountain & Sackett is the same as the ties, handmade and moves better. Here is Jim Borkowski’s review from last year:
Just received this tie. First time I ordered from Mountain and Sackett. Firstly, their customer service is excellent. I thought the tie was sold out, and asked to be placed on a wait list. They looked for more fabric, and located extra fabric in the warehouse for me. I received the newly crafted tie within 72 hours. The tie is beautiful. Excellent quality and workmanship. It is on a par with Ben Silver or Robert Talbot ties, and costs far less. I highly recommend Mountain and Sackett.
The different lengths and widths mean even more customization. I grant you, there are some ties in their repertoire that are not in mine. Perhaps they are in yours. At the end of the day, made right here, impeccable quality, the whole knot thing, good guys, and customer service to beat the band.
I will let you know when their spring collection comes out, I have some photos and there are some winners in there, too! Here’s another link to their website, have a look around.