0:01 Hi, my name is Mark Breaux. I've been working in men's tailored clothing for about twenty
0:05 five years now, and I'm going to show you a few tips about selecting a tie and maintenance,
0:12 and what to look for in a good quality tie, and how to, if you ever need to repair one
0:17 because the stitch is coming out, how to do that. First thing you want to look for in
0:22 a tie, you want to make sure that the tie is cut on the bias. How to test for that,
0:27 is when you grab the tie straight across from this, the material should stretch like that.
0:32 Now, if you grab it at a forty five degree angle, it will not stretch, it stays firm.
0:39 Why it's important to be cut on the bias is because if it's not cut on the bias, the ties
0:43 is going to, after you tie it a few times, it's going to want to twist and twirl on you.
0:48 And, it's just going to turn around and it's not going to look appropriate for you. Being
0:53 cut on the bias is very important. Also, you need the liner that's underneath, inside of
0:58 the tie to be also cut on the bias, and that you can more or less feel that they liner
1:03 I am referring to, is the lining that's in the inside here, it's hard to see too cause
1:08 the tie is stitched, but it's this lining in here. Also, you prefer a liner that's made
1:13 out of wool, not a polyester or a cotton because those materials tend to stretch too much and
1:18 it'll bag out of shape, where the wool liners are in your better ties and they’re going
1:23 to give you more resilience, and it's just going to stay looking better longer. Also,
1:29 the stitch of the tie is very important! There's a hand stitch that runs all the way through
1:34 this seam of this tie that binds it together, and that stitch should be fairly loose, you
1:40 know. And, you can actually pull it there, and I don't know if the camera will pick that
1:44 up, but you've got little threads there that when you tie the tie, that stitch will allow
1:52 it to slip, and so you don't get a tie at the end of the tie that you've, that looks
1:56 like an accordion because that stitch has been pulled on it and it's too tight up in
2:00 the knot and doesn't slip freely through the tie. If that stitch ever breaks, you basically
2:07 can hand stitch it back together, you just need to take a needle, some thread, tie it
2:12 in there and work slowly in about three quarter of an inch stitches throughout the back of
2:19 the tie. Most tailors can do something like that for you. I don't do it on my own, I have
2:25 the tailors here at the store do it. And, far as maintenance on the tie, you don't,
2:32 a lot of people will come in and they want us to tie the tie, and they want to leave
2:37 it tied for the rest of its life. We do not recommend doing that, it tends to just get
2:45 real wrinkled at the top and it never gets a chance to fall back out, and it's a good
2:51 way to eventually end up breaking that slip stitch in the back, and then your tie comes
2:55 unraveled on you. And, that's proper maintenance of a neck tie.