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Grenadine ties

Grenadine ties are made from the gauze-like grenadine fabric which is woven on traditional jacquard looms in Como, Italy, by two mills, Fermo Fossati and Bianchi. Grenadine ties have endured trends because they, in particular ones in solid colours, pair well with both plain as well as patterned shirts. The open weave of grenadine and the way it catches and reflects light provide visual interest. These properties make the grenadine tie supremely versatile, rendering a black grenadine tie a stylish and attractive option for officewear, whereas other black silk ties would be too austere for the same purpose. Among the most popular colours in which grenadines are available are black, navy and burgundy since they complement the majority of outfits.  

Fine Weave
Courtesy: Matt Spaiser

There are two types of grenadine fabric – fine and large weave grenadine. Fine weave grenadine has a tighter, closer weave, and ties made from this fabric is more formal than those made from large weave grenadine, which has a looser weave. The latter is a fuller, more substantial fabric than the former.The complexity of the grenadine weave, as illustrated below, means that it cannot be successfully reproduced on modern equipment. In fact, Fermo Fossati’s grenadines, both fine and large weave, are woven on ancient, wooden shuttle looms. This accounts for the higher cost of grenadine fabric compared with some other silk fabrics used for making neckties.

Large Weave
Courtesy: Matt Spaiser

When choosing a grenadine tie, the buyer should bear in mind that owing to the gauze-like nature of the cloth it will be possible to see through the tip of a grenadine tie. This knowledge could inform whether you acquire a lined or unlined tie, which is a matter of personal preference. It is also worth taking into account that a lined, large weave grenadine tie with multiple folds will create a larger knot than most other types of silk ties. To keep your knot size the same as that of ties in other silk fabrics, it is best to have no more than three folds in your lined, large weave grenadine tie.

Grenadine ties grew in popularity during the 1960s as a result of Sean Connery donning a navy grenadine as James Bond, more about which can be read at The Suits of James Bond. Latterly, style aficionados and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy have contributed to the resurgent interest in grenadine ties by being wearers of this timeless neckwear accessory. The grenadine tie is perhaps the most elegant example of woven neckties and should be a serious consideration for inclusion as a staple neckwear in the wardrobe of the well-dressed man.
“I wore the tie to the Chicago Symphony a few nights ago and it was certainly the finest one there!”

-Seren, Chicago