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How are custom ties manufactured at James Morton?

When it comes to the creation of custom ties for your business, the tie manufacturing process is crucial to developing a high-quality and durable product. At James Morton, we pride ourselves on being a top tie manufacturer, offering ties to our customers that are of the best quality.

The first step in the process for creating a tie is to develop a workable design. The design can be developed by our in-house design team or through our custom design tool by the client.

From the design, the process of creating the custom tie can begin.

Manufacturing a custom tie

After the initial design stage, the tie manufacturing process can begin. Depending on the specifications, a custom tie can either be made by hand, machine, or a combination of the two. The exact method will depend on the design requirements and the materials being used.

The first step of manufacturing a custom tie is to cut the chosen fabric using a transparent template. A transparent template is used during the process to ensure any designs on the tie are symmetrical, which is especially important for striped neckties as the stripes should be parallel to the tip of the tie.

Next, the inlay of the tie is cut, and these are often from silk or polyester, although cotton can also be used if preferred. Silk ties are higher in quality, but polyester ties are more durable and therefore can be used on a regular day-to-day business rather than being used solely for special occasions.

The correct fit of the inlay is vital to ensure that the necktie can be tied properly. It should fill out the outer material exactly up to the rim. If it is too wide, the outer fabric of the tie will crinkle, if it is too narrow, it will slip back and forth.

After all the fabric is cut, the ties are pinned and sewn to create the finished product. As the last step, the tie must be steamed carefully to remove possible pressure marks.

Woven vs. Printed

Woven custom ties are manufactured on a loom with the design informing the selecting of different threads. The use of the different contrasting threads creates a noticeable weave within the custom tie.

Printed ties are manufactured in a slightly different way as the design is screen printed or digitally printed onto them. This allows for a smoother finish, compared to jacquard ties and will result in a tie that is lighter to wear.

Printed ties also allow for more vibrant colours and large areas of fine detailing, which isn’t as achievable on a woven tie.

If you are in need of bespoke ties from a high-quality tie manufacturer, then get in touch with our expert design team today to see how we can assist you.

Find the perfect custom tie with James Morton

Having custom ties can give your team or business a unique touch whether that be for the purposes of uniformity or perhaps to promote your organisation. At James Morton, we can create custom ties for all uses and can design bespoke ties to your specifications.

We can create anything from custom promotional ties and business ties to masonic ties and have outlined some examples of what we offer below.

Custom Logo Ties

Logo ties are an ideal choice for promoting a brand or for creating a sense of identity within a team, with the logo often displayed at the base of the tie so that it is clearly visible.

At James Morton, rather than stitching your logo on top of stocked fabric we will either weave your logo in as part of the material or print it on to the tie if the design is more complex. Our method of producing these ties ensures your custom logo ties are of high quality and will last over time.

School Uniform Ties

A school uniform tie helps portray a school’s identity and is perfect for schools who want different year groups, or school houses, to be easily identifiable.

As with all school uniform pieces, the ties need to be durable so at James Morton we add extra stitching to hard-wearing fabrics to increase the life of our school ties. These ties can fit different age ranges and come with the addition of a label where pupils can add their names.

School uniform ties can be plain in colour or be customised to include school colours and a logo.

Corporate Ties

Corporate ties make an ideal addition to most businesses, and having custom made corporate ties will help your business to stand out from the competitors. We make all of our custom ties on a Jacquard Loom which ensures a quality product.

Many James Morton customers order custom ties for significant corporate events. This helps with brand awareness, brand identity, and can make your team look more professional.

Military Ties

James Morton have a long history supplying bespoke military ties and other accessories to armed services across the world.

We offer regimental and military ties in woven polyester for regular wear or in woven silk for dress wear. These ties and accessories help to highlight which regiment members of the armed forces are in, and also what rank they are.

Order your custom ties from James Morton

Custom ties aren’t just for promotional use and can be purchased for a variety of uses as we have highlighted above.

Placing the order for your custom ties at James Morton could not be simpler. Our custom tie creator will help you design your perfect tie, alternatively, call us on 0845 519 6748 to discuss your needs further.

How promotional ties could benefit your business

At James Morton, we are dedicated to offering bespoke ties for any occasion. Ties don’t just have to be for special occasions, so in this blog, we have highlighted some ways in which custom made ties can be used as a promotional tool to help elevate your brand.

If you can find the right strategy to get promotional ties in front of your customers, you will increase your brand awareness and create memorable customer experiences.

Create brand consistency with promotional ties

If your business frequently hosts or attends events which require a suit and tie then you could be missing out on showcasing your brand if you aren’t choosing to wear bespoke ties to these events.

Ties are a subtle way to show brand consistency. They are easily created to match your company colour scheme, with the bonus of being able to add logos, emblems or writing which matches anything you use on your website and other marketing channels.

Group networking events and career fairs are the ideal places for you and your team to wear branded ties, as it will immediately give you an identity and show people that you are from the same company, creating an impression from the start.

From an employer perspective, giving your employees a promotional tie when they join or for a team event will help to make them feel more included and part of the team. This is a small token, but it will immediately boost morale and will increase the overall productivity of your workforce.

Custom ties are also the perfect way to reinforce your brand image in the minds of any potential customers. If they recognise your brand from seeing it on your employees’ uniforms whilst they are outside of the office or workplace, then they are more likely to trust your business and want to be associated with you.

Promotional ties from James Morton

Promotional ties can help you to increase brand awareness and generate new leads for your business.

Creating your custom promotional ties at James Morton with our custom tie maker will enable you to develop a promotional tie that perfectly matches your brand guidelines.

Get in touch with us today to start creating the perfect tie for your needs.

Custom cufflinks from James Morton

Ties are often the main way that you might accessorise when wearing a suit, but here at James Morton not only do we supply customers with custom ties for all occasions, we also offer a range of other accessories including custom cufflinks.

Bespoke cufflinks make for a distinguished gift, and we offer cufflinks in a range of qualities and materials from standard nickel-plated cufflinks to more luxurious cufflinks made from precious metals or jewels, meaning they can be fully customised to suit the recipient.

Alternatively, cufflinks can be used to raise brand awareness or as another way of identifying certain clubs, organisations, or teams. Whilst cufflinks were traditionally worn by men for formal attire, they are now multifunctional, being worn by both men and women and for a range of reasons from stag dos to work events.

How are cufflinks worn?

To make your cufflinks really stand out and to fully co-ordinate your outfit, we have a few top tips for how to wear cufflinks.

Before purchasing cufflinks, be aware that not all shirts are made to be worn with cufflinks; it all depends on the cuff. Make sure you have double cuffed or French shirts as these will have a designated buttonhole for your bespoke cufflinks.

Matching your metals is one of the most widely known rules of jewellery wearing, and it applies to other accessories too. Coordinating a gold belt with gold personalised cufflinks for example, will look better than a gold belt and silver cufflinks.

Similarly to matching accessories, when choosing your cufflinks, you may also want to consider what tie or pocket squares you will be wearing, if any. By matching your cufflinks to these, it will bring everything together and make them stand out more.

Alternatively, if you aren’t wearing a tie or pocket square you can match the cufflinks to your tie by picking one of the main colours to match them to. For example, if the overall colour palette or stripe colour of your shirt is warm such as orange and green, then gold would work because it’s a warmer colour. Whereas a silver engraved cufflink would work well with a black or grey custom tie as these are cooler colours.

Whatever your needs, our design team have the expertise to create the custom cufflinks that you’re looking for. Please get in touch with our team to discuss your needs further.

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.