Oscar Wilde once said, "A well-knotted tie is the first serious step towards life!" When thinking of a luxury accessory that elevates men’s fashion, the tie undoubtedly comes to mind. From careful design to the many varieties of color and fabric, a tie can tell a story about the history of the designer and the personality of the tie wearer. Italian tailors and fashion maisons have written the history of this essential piece of clothing that allures the masses and sparks admiration of those who appreciate its elegance and refinement. Here are some of the most famous brands we suggest you acquire to always have an impeccable wardrobe—with a touch of Italian originality!
Brunello Cucinelli is not just an entrepreneur - he is a philosopher, businessman, supporter of an ethical economy, patron, and man who drew wisdom and love for others from his humble peasant origins. All this is condensed in the creations of his company based in Umbria. In the medieval village of Solomeo, rebuilt with a passion for aesthetics and humanistic Italian Renaissance style architecture, Cucinelli and his tailors—mostly women—work with only natural materials: silk, linen, cotton, and above all, cashmere. His ties are a must-have.
After sixty years as an iconic fashion designer, Giorgio Armani needs no introduction. His ties are chic, refined, with attention to detail, and recognizable in their uniqueness. The inventor of “less is more” has combined functionality with the refinement of fabrics, textures, and colors into fashion. He is always miles ahead.
Silk has been a defining element of Stefano Ricci products since 1972. The “SR necktie” was created from a drawing Stefano Ricci made by hand and is now available in over 700 color combinations. All the silks are printed by hand utilizing the know-how of the City of Como’s time-honored traditions. To this day, SR neckties feature in the wardrobes of international celebrities and have an average price of $ 250.
From the historic atelier based in Naples to the seven showrooms throughout the world, a man cannot fail to satisfy his desire for elegance at the house of Marinella. The tie, strictly in pure silk, is the signature product of the Maison and those in love with artisanal ties are well acquainted with Marinella. The process of making neckties at the Marinella remains totally artisanal, which is why they are some of the most famous in the world. Maurizio Marinella, together with his song Alessandro, is personally involved in the choice of patterns, giving clear direction and enriching the designs with their creativity.
The agreed pattern is etched onto the silk screens, using a wax jet engraver and following a very demanding process that involves meticulous checks for each design. The “printer” is in charge and works with the “leveler” using a type of spatula with a sponge, which is passed between them from one side to the other to press the dye into the silk. Each “sponging” must be identical to the previous one: even a small change could make all the work in vain.
After working at the Savoy Hotel in London and getting to know the English style, Guccio Gucci founded the Gucci company in Florence in 1921. To this day, the double G brand never fails. Gucci embodies style, classical elegance, credibility. Let’s mention just one of its most famous creative directors: Tom Ford.
Each Fiorello tie is cut individually at 45 degrees centering its design on the tip. With this love for sartorial details, Silvio Fiorello decided to get involved and follow his dream in 1986. Thus his store was born, Cravattificio Fiorello, in the small Sicilian town of Gagliano Castelferrato. In 2010, the second generation took over the company, responsible for the development of the brand on the international scene. Fiorello has been the first brand of neck accessories in the history of fashion to present its collection at Milan Fashion Week and London Men's Fashion Week, and in 2015 Silvio Fiorello was awarded the Italian title Republic Knight of Merit. Strengths of this brand include the great variety of luxury ties, the possibility for the buyer to customize them in every detail, and their fanciful characteristics, which do not go unnoticed.
Barbara Benzoni was born in Milan and lives between Rome and Tuscany. She is devoted to USA, the land of courage and innovation. She’s Peter's super-lucky mum and Ale's wife. Cinema, art, good food and only beautiful things are the themes of her existence. With a degree in Italian literature and a Masters in Sports Management she can both enjoys books and basketball matches. In 25 years she has been organizing sport events all over the world and she’s been lucky enough to meet the greatest champs ever. Curiosity in everyday life and people are her drivers. Her personal icon is Mohammed Ali : "It's not bragging if you can back it up".