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Masonic Ties from James Morton

For centuries ties have been used by people as a way of showing that they are part of a workforce or affiliation to a team, club, or organisation and Masonic ties are no different.

Masonic ties are perhaps some of the best examples of ties used by an organisation to show the different parts of that organisation that members can belong to.

Each Masonic lodge has its own style of custom tie as part of their regalia which includes the emblem of that lodge and so identifies the lodge a member belongs to. These lodges will also have different levels of membership which are also differentiated through the ties and regalia worn by the Freemasons.

The team at James Morton understand that Masonic ties have long been an important part of Masonic regalia and we are proud to have manufactured high-quality and bespoke ties for a range of Crafts, Chapters and Lodges.

As well as manufacturing custom Masonic ties we also offer Masonic bow ties, handkerchiefs, custom made cummerbunds and waistcoats.

Our in-house design team can produce exact copies of your existing Masonic tie designs. Alternatively we can advise you on bespoke new designs as appropriate.

To discuss your needs further, please contact our team on 0845 519 6748 to see how we can help you find the perfect tie. Alternatively, take a look at our online tie design tool.

How a bespoke printed tie could help you convey the right message

Having the right style and colour of tie can be important for businesses and organisations who are often in front of clients or members of the public, as a tie is often the piece of the puzzle that brings an outfit together.

Colour has been used for centuries to convey certain feelings, emotions, or even to show support or allegiance. For example, politicians will often wear ties that represent their party colour or will opt for something neutral such as a green or yellow tie to appear approachable.

Whilst many businesses and clubs won’t always think about the colours that they are incorporating in to any uniforms that they have, the psychological properties of colours is something that you may want to consider before ordering your printed ties. Red may be a striking and attractive colour which shows confidence and authority, but the deeper shades of red may feel aggressive to some that encounter you. In comparison, blue can suggest creativity, but certain shades of blue can suggest a certain coldness.

As well as having a variety of styles available, here at James Morton we can incorporate various colours, designs, or logos in to your chosen tie. This gives our customers the opportunity to have a truly original design which fits their needs and can help them to portray the right message.

Compared to woven ties, printed ties are a great option when a high degree of detail is needed as screen printing of the chosen fabric allows for a cleaner and crisper finish. This method is usually seen on silk fashion ties or promotional ties, where there is a repeat design or some specific imagery and text.

Our team will work with you to achieve the perfect printed tie for your needs and our design a tie tool is ideal for any business that already has an idea of the colour, style and design that they are looking for.

For further help choosing the right tie for your needs, get in touch with our team on: 0845 519 6748.

Discover the different types of tie

When choosing a tie there are a range of options available, and historically different ties were created for different uses, giving each tie its own bit of history and its own occasion to be worn.

At James Morton we have a whole range of custom made ties available and in this blog we take a look at some of the common types of tie from over the years.

1. Ascot Tie

The Ascot Tie dates to the 18th Century and is thought to have grown in popularity in the 19th Century. The term came about from the Royal Ascot Race, where gentlemen who attended wore a looser day tie as part of their morning attire. For this reason, the ascot is often known as a day cravat.

2. Bow Tie

Whilst bow ties date back to the 17th Century, the bow tie is still popular today, especially with formal-casual attire. That being said, bow ties are still commonly seen at formal events such as black tie and military events.

They now come in 3 distinct types: Self-tie, Pre-tied and Clip-on.

3. Bola/Bolo Tie

Most commonly referred to as the Bolo Tie and generally associated with Western areas of The United States. They are made from a piece of cord or leather and fixed together with an ornamental and decorative clasp/slide.

These ties are still worn today but aren’t so common as other ties such as the bow tie and the more traditional neck tie.

4. Cravat

Cravats appear to be coming back in to fashion again, forming popularity in regions of London.

The type of tie comes from the style worn by the 17th Century military unit – the Croats. They are different to the neck tie in that they are larger and more prominent.

5. Kipper Tie

Kipper ties are like your regular neck tie, except they have some attributes that make them their own.

Kipper ties are extremely wide, often up to 5 inches and show off bright and showy designs.

They were fashionable in the 1940’s and could have got their name from the extreme width of them which make them not dissimilar to a kipper fish.

6. Neck Tie

This was previously referred to as a four-in-hand tie due to the knot used, but as more knots were invented and used more frequently this tie became the neck tie and is now the most common tie.

Neck ties can vary in width and length. They can be as wide as 5 inches, but they usually sit around the 3-inch mark. It is advised that you choose a wider tie if you have broader shoulders and a skinny tie for slimmer builds. This way the width of the tie compliments the wearer.

The length of a neck tie can be anywhere between 52 and 58 inches. The end of the tie should rest at the top of your trousers, meaning men with larger torsos should opt for a longer tie.

7. Sailors Neckerchief

The sailors tie is reported to have made its first appearance in the 16th Century. It was originally used to protect sailors’ necks from their stiff collared shirts. The ties are tied with a square not, which was introduced in 1817 so that all sailors in the Navy would tie their ties the same way.

The Sailors Neckerchiefs are also worn as part of Japanese School Uniforms and are worn for fashion in other areas of the world.

8. Scarves

Scarves are light pieces of fabric, often silk, that are tied around the neck. Scarves are available for both men and women and can be worn both formally and casually.

They are commonly seen on air hostesses but are used for other job roles too.


At James Mortonwe have a wide variety of ties and accessories available to suit all requirements. We offer plain wholesale ties and bespoke ties, with a no obligation design service to help get the right tie for your business, club or school.

We have a range of styles available, plus a selection of materials and finishes. To discuss your needs please call us on: 08455196748 or contact us to get a quote.

Discover expertly crafted custom ties by James Morton

Custom ties are the perfect solution for businesses or clubs who are looking to add a special touch to their ties. At James Morton, we are proud to be the premier supplier of custom ties in the UK, with over 40 years’ experience supplying hundreds of satisfied customers.

We offer high-quality custom ties in any style for any occasion, from custom logo ties to bespoke business ties.

Purchasing ties can be challenging, especially when trying to choose a style and design that suits everyone that will be wearing a tie. By opting for bespoke ties, you are immediately presented
with a wider range of options to choose from and can have full creative control over the design of your tie.

Gone are the days when ties were all very similar and used solely for corporate or formal wear. Instead, we are seeing ties becoming more of a fashion statement and being used to add a final touch to a uniform or more casual outfit. The team at James Morton are passionate about creating the right tie to suit each customer, no matter the occasion.

As well as being able to choose your colours and add a logo, the ties can be woven in 12 different ways, giving you 12 different ways to make your custom-made ties stand out from the rest. When choosing your tie, our expert team can help you choose the best tie fabric and weave to suit your needs, whether you want to stay more traditional or go for a bolder choice.

Once you have finalised your design, we can add the final touches to further customise your tie such as different linings, personalised labels, and presentation boxes.

To discuss your needs further, contact our expert team who will be happy to create initial bespoke designs without charge and without obligation.

Commemorating 100 years since Armistice day with the Poppy Appeal Centenary Armistice Tie

To commemorate 100 years since Armistice Day, the  Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire has asked James Morton Ties to create a Centenary Armistice Tie to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal organised by the Royal British Legion.

The importance of the Centenary Armistice Tie

Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany after four years of fighting in the first world war. Armistice Day is held on the 11th November every year as the ceasefire came into force at 11am on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

In Britain, it is tradition to pause for a two-minute silence at 11am on November 11 to remember those killed in the two world wars and the British servicemen killed or injured in service since.

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s fundraising campaign held every year in November. To help raise money volunteers distribute iconic paper poppies, which are a symbol of remembrance, across the nation in return for a small donation.

This year, to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire has commissioned James Morton Ties to produce the Centenary Armistice Tie.

The Centenary Armistice Tie is a black tie, featuring an overlap of the poppy and the Masonic Square and Compasses to show that they are aligned in remembrance of servicemen and women that we have lost.

The Provincial Grand Master of Derbyshire, Right Worshipful Brother, Arthur Steven Varley was proud to add that, ”As Freemasons we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our armed forces and in this, the Centenary Year of the ending of the Great War, it seemed appropriate to remember those that gave their all in a special way. The Royal British Legion Poppy is at approximately 11am, the time the Armistice came into force, and the Square and Compasses at approximately 5am – the time the Armistice was signed. The tie will be worn throughout November. Furthermore we would like to thank James Morton Ties for their enthusiasm and cooperation towards the creation of the ties, especially the patient support of their design team”.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire is home to the Freemasons of Derbyshire and are dedicated to supporting charity and their local community.

We are hoping to sell 3,000 Centenary Armistice Ties, alongside donations from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire and us here at James Morton Ties.

The money raised for the Poppy Appeal goes to the Armed Forces community providing support for members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, plus veterans and their families.

The donations ensure that members of the Armed Forces community receive support they need, including careers advice and rehabilitation courses. Not only that, but the money raised will be spent on remembrance, fundraising and lobbying government on Armed Forces related issues.

We are delighted to be part of such a wonderful collaboration, particularly as we specialise in bespoke ties for all sorts of occasions, including military ties, regimental ties, and Masonic ties.

Our ties can be specifically designed by our customers, to ensure you have control over the colour and the look of the tie.

Centenary Armistice Ties are available to purchase from the Derbyshire Provincial Grand Lodge. You can contact them by calling 07960 434061 or by emailing

To discuss the variety of regimental, military ties and other types of ties we have available here at James Morton Ties, contact a member of our team who will be able to help you achieve your desired design.



How to clean polyester ties (the right way)

Cleaning polyester ties is easier than cleaning silk ties, which is good news. Over the years, ties have gone through many different designs and uses. Years ago, they were simply used as a neck accessory worn by men on special occasions.Now, ties can be worn by women and children, and are more than just an accessory worn on special occasions.

An example of how ties have grown to be more than just an accessory can be observed in children’s school uniforms. Schools in the United Kingdom have been incorporating school ties as an important part of their students’ uniform for quite a while now.

This is usually because with school ties, we can have an easier time identifying what school the pupil belongs to. This gives schools an opportunity to promote their name, and maybe even gather more students. These ties are often made out of polyester since this fabric is more durable and can cope up with a student’s daily activities. Cleaning these ties is also easier than cleaning silk ties, which can be good news for mothers or for whoever is washing the children’s ties.

In fact, here are a few cleaning methods that are effective for polyester ties:

Can I machine wash a polyester tie?

Yes you can – just follow these steps to machine wash a polyester tie, no dry cleaning required:

  1. Apply a spot treatment to the tie, if needed
  2. Machine wash in cold water on a gentle or handwash cycle
  3. Use a small amount of laundry detergent
  4. Don’t add fabric softener or bleach, even on a white tie
  5. If your washing machine does not have these settings you can follow our advice for hand washing polyester ties below!
  6. Line dry, or most polyester ties can be tumble dried on low for up to 30 minutes, then lay out flat

Washing by hand

Step 1: Use club soda to dampen a clean rag and dab it on any stains. Try to avoid rubbing, as this has the tendency to set the stain further into the fabric.

Step 2: Make sure the sink is clean and fill it with lukewarm water, afterwards add a tablespoon of laundry detergent and mix the solution.

Step 3: Dip the polyester tie into the solution and make a swirling motion while holding the tie.

Step 4: Leave the tie in the sink for about 10 to 15 minutes. Afterwards, remove the tie and drain the solution.

Step 5: Clean the sink and fill it with lukewarm water again. Swirl the tie around the clean water to rinse away soap residue. Repeat this step until the tie is completely clean.

Step 6: Gently squeeze the tie to remove excess water, and then hang it for some air-drying.

Removing Gum

Step 1: Use a small plastic bag and place in a cube of ice.

Step 2: Place the ice cubes over the gum and keep it there until the gum hardens to the point that it also becomes brittle.

Step 3: Use a plastic card or a plastic spoon to chip off the ice. Try to avoid using anything metal as it might scratch the tie.

Oil Stains

Step 1: Use petroleum jelly and rub it on the stain.

Step 2: Leave the petroleum jelly there for about 10 minutes; this will separate the oil stain from the fabric

Step 3: Apply 1 drop of liquid dish detergent on the stain and rub it. Again, leave it there for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Fill a clean sink with a solution of warm water and 1/8 cup of laundry detergent. Handwash the tie in this solution and afterwards, air-dry it. Ties often come with care-label instructions, so it is also proper to check these instructions before starting to clean the tie. Hopefully these tips will help you properly care for your children’s ties, so they can continue to wear them neatly.

Top tips for matching shirts and ties

Trying to match your shirts and ties can be a struggle and sometimes a little boring. Whether you wear a shirt daily for work or only get one out for special occasions, we’ve got some top tips to help you match your shirts and ties with ease.

Try out a new base colour

It’s often instinct to reach for a crisp white shirt to set off a bold coloured tie, but a pale grey shirt is another option that will go with almost any tie. Grey can come across as a bit more sophisticated and is a bit more interesting than a standard white shirt!

Look for complimentary colours

Floral ties are great for brightening up your outfit for an occasion or even in a meeting. When choosing the right shirt to go with your floral tie, try to avoid coordinating with the main shade of your tie. Instead, choose a shirt that matches one of the less frequent shades, or the accent colour. This will allow the main colour of the tie to stand out, whilst ensuring the two items match.

Don’t be afraid to play with pattern

If you want to opt for a bold look and mix and match patterns, then you need to aim for patterns that have complementary shades and styles. If patterns are too similar the whole look will merge into one, too different and it looks a bit messy. As a general rule, always try and make sure your tie is darker than your shirt and have the pattern a little smaller too.

If in doubt keep it simple

Sometimes, for a formal event, you’ll probably be best sticking to a double cuff white shirt and keeping it simple. In this case, to add a bit of colour, you can add a tie that has a delicate pattern and some cufflinks that have a punch of colour. Classic combinations such as blue and white or red and white are a good go-to option.

To find the right tie for any occasion take a look at our huge range of custom ties, alternatively get in contact with a member of our team to discuss your needs.

How Are JMT Ties Manufactured?


At James Morton Ties, we put our all into creating the perfect ties for your clubs, businesses, schools and more.

The art of tie-making is a refined one; it requires the processing of raw fibers and creating beautifully crafted ties from different materials and into different sizes to meet specifications.


It all starts with your design, where you pick your patterns, colours and logo placements. We work with you to develop the idea for your tie, either gaining the design from your or working with our in-house designers to create your ideal design. We also have an online Tie Designer Tool to help you visualise your ideas.
Traditionally the tie design was hand drawn, but now we have digital designs to make it easier for the weavers. Our weavers then use computerised silk screen for silk ties in contrast to the manual silk screens that were used in the past.
Once your design is completed and has been confirmed, we send it off to the mill for it to be imprinted onto bolts of silk.


Our quality silk ties are manufactured on a jacquard loom, woven ties on a loom and printed ties are mostly screen printed or digitally printed.
The fabric we use will depend on your specific designs and requirements for the tie. The method we follow will also depend on your needs for costs, purpose, quality and design.


For information on the different types of ties available and to help find the right one for you, read this detailed page which explains the different fabrics and weaves we have available.
– James Morton Ties – Tie Fabrics & Weaves

James Morton is the UK’s leading tie manufacturer and has been providing quality custom made ties for over 40 years. For further information call us on 0845 519 6748 or email us at

How to Clean Silk Ties


Club ties are a great way to distinguish your club or business from another. This is increasingly important for events.

The most popular material used for club or business ties is silk. This is because it is a high quality, comfortable and luxurious material.

You must be careful around food or possible staining materials when you are wearing silk ties, but if your tie does come into contact with a lot of dirt; here’s how you can fix it:

Do Not Try To Clean Silk with Water


The worst thing you could possibly do when coming into contact with a stain is to try and clean it off with water.

Silk is a very delicate material and water can damage the fibres. Trying to clean with water can add to the stain what is called a ‘water stain’ which can be quite tricky to remove.

When the stain does occur, wipe off any excess with a dry cloth and then wait till you can clean the rest properly.


For Some Silks, Dry-Cleaning is recommended

Your silk tie may need dry cleaning, so check with the tie provider before you attempt wash the tie yourself.

Use Rubbing Alcohol on Your Tie

Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is useful on non-greasy foods and liquids. But you need to have a hairdryer –or something similar- at hand.

Here’s how to clean your tie with rubbing alcohol:

  1. Dampen a piece of cloth with rubbing alcohol then firmly blot the cloth onto the stain until it is removed.
  2. Immediately dry the stain with a hairdryer.
  3. Repeat this process for more stubborn stains.

Talcum powder can be used to soak up excess grease if the stain is proving to be harder to remove.

  1. Blot the stain with a dry cloth until all excess ifs removed.
  2. Then, lay a clean and dry towel on a flat surface and put your tie on top.
  3. Now, sprinkle talcum powder over the stain.
  4. Leave over night
  5. The following morning/day, use a clean, dry cloth to remove the powder
  6. If the stain has not been removed, repeat the process until it is completely gone.

The Benefits of Custom Logo Ties from James Morton


A good logo can give any business or club a much-needed identity. It not only makes it easier for people to identify you and your brand, it also helps you stand out from your competition. So why not make the most of your marketing by ordering custom logo ties from James Morton Ties. Here are just a few of the benefits of ordering from us:

  • custom-football-club-tiesA high quality, well-manufactured tie adds a touch of elegance to casual and formal wear alike – custom logo ties also give the wearer a sense of belonging and unity amongst fellow company or team members.
  • Wearing a custom logo tie not only removes the stress of picking out a tie to suit your outfit – it also instils a sense of pride in your appearance. Whilst wearing a tie, you’re more likely to tuck your shirt in, and all in all dress more sensibly. Ties can also denote professionalism, power, authority and control. You can also soften this by choosing a more informal colour or style, if you’re looking for a more laid-back approach.
  • Our custom logo ties can be woven or printed using polyester or silk – whichever best suits your requirements. This makes our ties more cost effective as embroidery can be much more expensive than our alternative methods. It’s also difficult to add small details or visual effects / shading to your ties when using embroidery methods. Our printing techniques allow us to replicate your logo on your ties with accuracy.
  • The process of ordering custom ties from us is very straightforward. Simply provide us with any designs briefs and logos you have, and we’ll create artwork which meets your requirements. We can then advise on the best style of tie, material, printing method and more before you place your final order.
  • Our custom logo ties are available in a variety of styles and materials – from silk woven satin weave to woven repp weave ties, standard or clip-on ties, ties with a single logo at the bottom of the material to those with print covering the length of the tie.
  • We also have a variety of accessories for sale, to compliment your logo ties.

Take a Look at the Custom Logo Tie Options Available

Why not take a look at some of the custom logo ties available for inspiration? You can also try out our tie designer before making any decisions. If you’d like additional advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help.