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Tips for buying a high quality tie

When buying a tie for a specific occasion, it can be a rather daunting task. There are so many different ties to choose from and each one of them will accentuate your outfit in a different way. Choosing the right tie will really make the difference between a stylish look and one that just doesn’t look quite right. So what are the things you can do to ensure you get it right first time?

 

The Fabric

When you are looking for a quality tie, it’s important to consider the fabric of the tie. High quality manufacturers will use fabric that gives you a better knot, shape and overall look.

The best material you can have for a tie is silk. Simply because it is a high quality material and it generally looks much more stylish than any other material of tie.

Printed or Woven?

It is much easier to achieve a high quality pattern by printing on to the tie fabric, but  it is also possible to achieve patterns within woven ties too. Technology is much more sophisticated than it used to be and machines can now weave different colours of fabric to create high quality patterns. Due to this, it is possible to get high quality patterns within both printed and woven ties.

Embroidered?

Embroidered ties are largely popular at the moment, but we would recommend choosing high quality woven or printed ties instead as they will last much longer.

Embroidered stitching can get damaged and fray after a while, which ruins the whole tie.

Tie Bar Tack (Stitch)

Turn over your tie and look for a little stitch on the back of the tie. This stitch isw for resting your tie bar upon so that it doesn’t slip out of place. If the tie has one of these, it means it was made by a proper tie manufacturer.

 

So know you know how to purchase a high-quality tie. We sell a wide range of quality ties for a range of different purposes. You can also order custom ties with our company or club logo on, meaning you can make your team stand out from the crowd. For more information on custom printed ties visit the Design Your Own Tie page. 

 

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 mjbertalan@hotmail.co.uk

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.

 

 

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 Your Business Could Benefit From Our Custom Ties

If you work for a business that requires formal wear on a day to day basis, you could benefit from custom ties from James Morton Ties.

Our custom ties allow you to print your own logo upon a tie designed by you and you can order as many as you need.

 

Portrays Professionalism

This may seem self-explanatory but having a coherent uniform, even if it’s just a tie, can make your business seem much more professional than a business where everyone has different ties.

Having your logo on your tie and using your businesses colour also shows you are serious about your business and are proud to wear the branding.

 

Business Promotion

When you are not in work, say on your way there or on your way back and in public, people may see your tie and mentally log it.

This works as a self-promotion method and can increase brand awareness for your business.

 

Sense of Unity

Uniforms are a great way to bring staff together. As you are ruling out competitive tie wearing and leveling everyone to the same standard you may see reduced tension in the office.

This method is used in school but is also shown to have benefits when used in a more formal and adult scenario.

 

To get the perfect ties for your business and start designing your custom ties right away. Get in touch with one of our professionals to get a quote for your business ties.

James Morton Ties – How to Wear A Tie

 

There is a set of unspoken rules about wearing a tie, and a lot of us don’t know them. By learning these important rules, you can set yourself apart and become a much more professional and stylish individual.

These are the 3 elements of tie wearing and buying that can help you become more fashion conscious.

 

Length

Donald Trump Tie

We are all talking about Donald Trump’s terrible ties and the main problem is that they’re just too long!

It is recommended that your tie ends just above your belt buckle, with the tip of your tie hanging over slightly.

The problem with ties that are too long is that they look sloppy. Also, tying your tie too short risks you looking like a clown.

To get your tie at the right length, tie it when standing in your natural posture as slouching or standing up too tall can negatively affect the accuracy of your tie length.

Another element to consider is the height of your trousers. If your trousers fit higher on the waist you do not want to significantly reduce the length of you tie with that, as it may make you look out of proportion.

Aim for your tie to fall relative to your waistband

 

  1. Width

The width of your tie should be picked depending on your body shape. If you have very broad shoulders, opt for a slightly wider than average tie width as it will accentuate your body shape and emphasise your figure.

If you do not have very broad shoulders it is not advised to wear a wide tie as it emphasises that you do not have broad shoulders.

Those with a slim build should opt for a skinnier tie as it compliments your figure more effectively.

 

  1. Knot

Getting the knot right is another extremely important element of tie wearing. A knot that is too big will like silly, but so will a knot that is too tiny.

The 3 knots you should know and use are:

  • Four-in-Hand
  • Half-Windsor
  • Windsor

A great small knot is the Four-in-Hand knot, which is a popular and necessary knot to know and use. The Windsor forms a symmetrical knot which is great for formal occasions.

Another tip is to create a dimple beneath the knot of your tie. This adds a finishing touch of style and can be done by forming a crease in the centre of your tie beneath the knot whilst tying it and then pulling it in to create a lovely fold/ dimple in your tie (See image below).

Tie Dimple

Getting your tie right is important, and now you’re a master.

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

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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.