Friday, December 7, 2012

A Car Salesman Who Cannot Stop Buying Ties

“…..we’ve got bills to pay, she’s always complaining,” he said. “Baby, I’m gonna look reeeeeeeaaaaaaal good when I do it,” 

Najee Hasan, sales and leasing agent at Cerritos Dodge exclaiming what he tells his wife when she complains about him coming home with more ties when there are bills he should be paying.

It was quite a humble beginning, selling ties to car salesmen was as hard as any job imaginable but it worked.   It paved the way to becoming a very sucessful necktie reatailer in two of the biggest malls in sothern California andsince the summer of 2000 an Internet success.   When I first started selling neckties in 1995 it was a means of getting money to pay for film processing.  Though I was a professional photographer I did not pursue the work that paid off in dollars - rather I chose to create photographs that looked like paintings.  At least that is often how my photographs were described by on lookers at galleries and by magazine editors.  Affording the film was one thing - I often had  Kodak or Agfa that gladly provided film at no cost - paying for processing was another. 

Hitting the southern California freeways was no easy trail to blaze however pulling into world's largest Auto Mall in Cerritos where the 5 Freeway and the 605 Freeway cross at the center stage of the entire Southland was fun and at times a rather lucrative way to make a buck.  It was the "big time" of car dealerships where only the real tough and sleek pros could make it.  In Cerritos there are some of the most creative and possibly the most sneaky car salesmen on Earth.   So when I pulled into the Dodge of Cerritos Dealership in a black 1966 Lincoln Continental,  with suicide doors and naturally a trunk stuffed with ties, it would always be special. 

Almost every time I would stop at any car dealership I would have to be careful to stay out of the sight of the General Manager, as it would be the bums rush for me.  However dealing with the G.S.M was never a problem.  Almost every time the guy in charge of the sales team would not be at all hostile - he was usually my best customer and without fail that guy would insist that I give up ties and sell his cars.  "Man if you can hold the attention of all these fing mooches you could be the greatest car salesman ever."

Getting a car salesman to "Lay Down", dealership slang for getting a prospect to surrender his money and sign the deal was no hard trick.  You see, car salesmen and ties are like fancy ladies and shoes - they just cannot resist neckties.   Not that I was a bad salesman or that I lacked the skills to challenge anyone on anything - I was the best back in the day so I deserved the compliments of the sales manager.  Lay down or not I did capture the respect of thousands of car salesmen I did sell alot of ties to them no matter they wanted another tie or not.  I was the tie guy and I was appreciated and I earned the respect of salesman of all salesmen .   One thing though, when I would close that trunk lid of that black 1966 Lincoln Continental and drive off the lot  I always felt like I was not there just to sell them great fashion neckties at great prices but rather, to critique them on personality, style, and creativity.  In other words how good they were at bull shitting. 

Najee Hasan was a great one for slinging bull shit.  After all, the car lot was a big show full of one liners and funny comments.  Egos were at stake and it was the definition of dog eat dog - the more clever the man the more strong.   For sure selling cars is a very carefully learned skill of telling stories, and explaining things not always truthfully but always with a very honest face.  It was just like Shakespeare said, "all the Worlds a stage, and all the men and women merely players."   I did not think Najee even had a wife, he was just too ugly - he was just clowning but I must admit it sure sounded good - while I was raking in some dough.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sexiest Necktie Fashion Show Ever

This is the 2nd time I am posting this one, it is that good.  These beautiful models are wearing the sexiest bikinis I have ever seen.  Not because they are sexy bikinis, it is because they are sexy tie bikinis. 

Confused?  You won't be after you watch these Brazilian babes model bikinis made from Gianni Versace Neckties, Giogio Armani Neckties, and Loui Vuitton Neckties

Sexy ties and sexy neckties 

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A Very Sexy Necktie Knotting Lesson

Sexy uitleg - Tie me up!  This lesson in tying neckties is a bit hard to keep your eye on as the beautiful lady is not exactly naked,  I can assure you of that, however she is not exactly dressed either!  One thing is for sure, you will learn how to tie a tie because you will watch this more than once.

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How to tie a Sexy Tie - Neckties and Latin Women

Como hacer un nudo sexy - How to tie a sexy tie.


If there are two things that I really love you can be sure that they are neckties and Latin women are on top of the list.   Check out this really beautiful babe tying a Full Windsor Tie Knot.   Then I suggest that you get a necktie out of your closet and practice, practice, practice.

Check out The History of the Windsor Tie Knot and our instructions - diagram

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Male Chauvinism and Ugly Ties at it's Greatest

In the 50's this was excepted and now this
would be a very un-politically correct magazine
ad for Van Heusen to say the least
Show her who's the boss, wear a Van Heusen tie?
What were these guys thinking.- maybe back in the 50's this marketing campaign made sense. Sure enough for Van Heusen to run with it. If anyone in the fashion world tried this now it would be suicide for sure. Times have surely changed regarding how women are perceived and what their roll in society was and is now. It is hard for me to imagine this chauvinistic mindset today.

By contrast I think of Martha Stewart in the full page magazine ads about 40 years ago for Virginia Slims Cigarettes. Her black eye accentuating her beauty along with the caption "I'd rather fight then switch, you've come a long way baby." That was only a decade removed from this advertising campaign pitching men's fashion neckties for Van Heusen, who was considered the top of men's fashion in his day.

As for the ties - necktie design has obviously come a long way also, if you care to check out the really ugly ties illustrated in this Van Heusen tie ad.   An old adage comes to mind in this instance, "beauty is in the mind of the beholder."   However that hardly seems capable of justifying anything regarding any mind full thought - just like this stupid insensitive ad campaign that demeaned women claiming that if you wore a Van Heusen necktie you would make your wife a submissive slave.

“It’s A Man’s World” And Ladies Are “So Happy It Is”

According to vintage Van Heusen, advertisements for neckties require a woman posed literally on her knees, serving breakfast in bed to her man as he relaxes with his arms behind his head, perfectly aligned in the "Massive Douche" pose. Yeah, well, those ties are ugly.

Here is a comical video that illustrates what apparently was the sentiment of many men regarding women around the same time that Van Heusen ran these advertisements.


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Donald Trump Ties Made in China?

An awkward moment indeed, for the Donald.

While being interviewed by David Letterman The origin of Donald Trump Neckties becomes a very embarrassing moment for Trump.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Nice Tie

Sometimes a photo doesn't need a caption at all.  Found what I call "Nice Tie" on my personal FaceBook Page.  My life long good friend, Bruce Pavlow's son  had posted this image on his FB Wall -

 Alex Pavlow took a photo with Instagram.

I guess he is getting all set for Halloween.
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Why AC/DC Angus Young Plays Guitar Wearing Striped Neckties

AC/DC Angus Young wears neckties
AC/DC Angus Young wears neckties
AC/DC Rocker Angus Young wears neckties! It is this persona - the naughty school boy turned rocker that gives him a very unique appearance on stage.

AC/DC's lead guitarist Angus Young is among the top 100 greatest guitarist ever, ranking number 24 according to Rolling Stone.   That is without question a well earned title and certainly a position that will receive no argument from me, however I have a certain fondness for the devilish rocker that seems unnatural for such an icon of Rock and Roll.  It is his love of neckties that appeals to me especially.  Don't get me wrong I think the guy is terrific with or without ties.

According to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Director Hoard Kramer Angus Young first wore his Ashfield High School Boy uniform as a spoof in 1973.  His sister Margaret suggested that he perform in full high school uniform with a rep striped tie in future performances which he did, continuing through the next 40 years.  It was Margaret that came up with the cool name for the band as well.

I saw AC/DC live at the Miami Jai-Alai Fronton prior to Angus's use of such a unique rock and roll attire in 1972 dressed in a black and white stripped jump suit.  His guitar was screaming as awesome as possible as he held the hall in awe with his guitar licks and his signature strut on stage, in front of a wall of speakers on the very edge of the stage both left and right - a crazy choreography that seemed to defy gravity.

AC/DC's hard rock and roll has a Voodoo like  effect;, it's no doubt Angus is not just one of the greatest guitarists ever, he is certainly one of the greatest musicians of all times. So just how does he get away with wearing a conservative rep stripe necktie on stage.

AC/DC lead guitarist's Angus Young signature school boy uniform and necktie
AC/DC lead guitarist's Angus Young 
signature school boy uniform & necktie
The answer is simple enough - AC/DC fans love his portrayal of the school boy gone bad so much that his antics on stage while sporting a crushed navy blazer and shorts, accented by white socks with a very colorful love of neckties around his neck have become a rock and roll fashion statement.  His high energy performance ignites AC/CD fans into an explosive rhythm.

When asked if he would still be wearing his trademark school boy outfit and necktie at age 64, he described his attire as distinguished and “classic.” “Have you seen what some of the younger [artists] are wearing nowadays?” he asked. “They look like they’ve stolen their mothers’ skirts! If that’s fashionable, then you could say I’ve maintained a distinctively classic look.” Read more to see what has to say about  AC/DC and the ten things you probably did not know about Angus Young

Checkout what Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has to say about Angus Young and AC/DC

Cool Rock and Roll Music Ties at Nice Tie Store

AC/DC Rock Music 

Click here for a Vevo Video AC/DC Angus Young - Thunderstruck

Angus Young and his signature red striped neckties
Gallery Talk: Angus Young and his signature rep striped neckties with Rock and Roll Hall of 
Fame's Howard Kramer.  Why AC/DC Rocker Angus Young wears school boy rep striped ties.  Click the YouTube link - Gallery Talk: How it all began - Angus Young and his signature rep striped neckties with Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's Howard Kramer

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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Correct Way to Tie A Windsor Necktie Knot

"Learn how to tie a Winsdor Tie Knot, because there is nothing sexier then a man wearing a tie"
This bikini babe will show you how to tie a Full Windsor Necktie Knot.  She is not only a sexy instructor, she is quite smart.  A brief history of neckties is included with this tie tying lesson.  Check out Bikini How for the sexy way to learn things - its your source for everything you need to know. . Bikini How: Where learning is sexy.

Here is a really fantastic video illustrating how to tie a tie.  I  know you will want to watch this one again and again,  The very beautiful model is tying the sexy Windsor tie knot the easy way.  There is more than one way to create a symmetrical tie knot that looks like the Windsor however there is only one way to do it right.  That way is the way King George V of England showed his son who would become King Edward the VIII - how to tie this very fashionable tie knot. 

Edward the VIII abdicated the throne in 1936, after just 11 months - choosing to marry a divorced American women in defiance of the Church of England and Winston Churchill.  He was given the title of the Duke of Windsor and inadvertently he was given credit for the stylish tie knot thanks to the paparazzi,  It was the world wide attention he received after giving up the Throne for love while sporting that Royal necktie knot so handsomely in tabloids and newspapers.   However in a photographic sequence for an American photo journalist the Duke of Windsor demonstrated how to tie the Windsor in a difficult manner changing the second to last step.

If you master tying a tie into a Windsor correctly you will have that very fashionable dimple in your tie right below the knot.  You'll have no problem hitting home runs at the office and women will find you irresistible, just as long as you can handle yourself in such a stylish way like the Duke of Windsor.  Add a little charm and you'll be making plenty of new friends of the opposite sex.  Not to say that you absolutely could not accomplish this without a necktie - you just will not be so debonair and so handsome,

Don't take my word for it - visit Nice Tie Store and pick up a sexy Spiderman tie, learn how to tie a Windsor tie knot and find out for yourself.

Checkout our romantic story about the Origin of the Mysterious Windsor Necktie Knot named after the Duke of Windsor a very charismatic Royal.  Once you master this necktie knot you'll have no trouble attracting beautiful women.  If you can handle the attention and you know how to be a charming gentleman this story about how a man fell in love with a woman and by fate became the most debonair man of the last century will captivate her.  The rest should be easy.

A very Sexy Spiderman Necktie

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Neckties Nooses

I wear neckties every day.  There is one thing that definitely separates me from most every other guy.  I am not afraid to tie a noose around my neck in the morning.

On tying ties.

Jeffrey Hunter
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A Funny Joke About Men and Clothing

I found this shot at a blog called Urban check it out
This has nothing to do with neckties, however it does have something to do with some men.  I hope that you will appreciate this as much as all of here at Nice Tie Store did.  I couldn't find any photos of men in drag wearing ties.   Although I did find this really great photographic artwork that should capture your attention for a bit.

So I took off her shirt.  The she said, “Take off my skirt.”  I took off her skirt. “Take off my shoes.”  I took off her shoes.  “Now take off my hose, bra and panties.”   I took them off.  Then she looked at me and said, “I don’t want to catch you wearing my things ever again.”

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Geoitics, Racism, the War on Terror and Neckties?

Mahmoud Ahmadineejad the President of Iran doesn't wear ties
I thought that I had seen it all!

I have discovered a most disturbing blog post about neckties last evening called "On Men Who Conspicuously Don't Wear Ties."  I'll warn you ahead of time this post is a real sad statement.   The author claims that the reason that certain men do not wear neckties is because of their political beliefs and their hatred for the belief that others have in their faith.   Her words are very strong, it is the Muslims vs. the Christians, and she is quite graphic in her opinions .

In the last decade and the two years and a half years since I have become increasing concerned over the state of civilization.  Since the tragic day of September 11, 2001 our world has been thrust into a state of chaos that if anything is getting deeper and deeper with every day passing.  

There is so much misunderstanding, prejudice and hate that is apparently being fueled by what I recognize as pure propaganda.  I can hardly believe anything that I read or hear as anything else but fiction or the result of prejudice born out of twisted morals.  

Here is the first paragraph as a preview so you can decide if you dare to click the link below to read more.  You may easily recognize her first word as a clue.  It is her carefully crafted miss-spelling of the word Muslims.

Musloids believe that neckties are a symbol used by the infidel idolaters (Catholics) for the Cross of Christ, with the hanging-down part of the tie being the vertical beam of the Cross, and the bit around the neck being the horizontal beam of the Cross. 
In defense of his choice of attire and to clarify something here I will add this note  -
Mahmoud Ahmadineja, the sixth and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, does not wear neckties according to his religious beliefs – something that has been a guide in what is acceptable fashion for a very long time in many religions. His choice whether or not to wear a necktie has nothing to do with his political beliefs or as any special uniformed code that Muslims seek to display as a signal to others of the tie representing the Crucifix or their differences with Christianity.  As did the Romans the wearing of neck clothes is not an acceptable garment choice according to the Muslim faith.

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A Necktie Patent

Something New for Ties

My PhotoShop - graphic designer brought an interesting blog post to my attention. Apparently these guys are seeking a patent concerning the design of striped neckties. Their novel idea is quite simple at first glance, however how they intend to approach this task is beyond me. The concept is to have the stripes of a necktie knot align with the stripes of the length of the tie that extends below the knot? Please note this concept in their photo.

Personally I have always thought that the tie knot should be a distinct contrast concerning the pattern or design of the tie. I have also come to terms with the realization that one man's idea could be an extreme one compared to another man's idea. What the heck do I know anyway - my taste has always been leaning towards trendy novelty neckties and wild fashion tie designs. I am not a very conservative necktie affectionado, although I do have more than two dozen stripped ties in my collection of over 400 ties at least.

They call it the Congruent Necktie. Here is their post from May 27th of 2009 on

The “Congruent Necktie” is a patent-pending bit of neck-tech that allows the stripes of a tie to align with those of its knot, using some foul sorcery to be sure. Read more here Congruent Neckties or on Ask Men

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Monday, October 15, 2012

A Necktie Camera Strap ???

Cool Things to Make From Ties

I found, yet another really cool thing that ties can be made into.  This very unique necktie conversion really interested me because I am a photographer.  Now don't get me wrong here, I would never make a camera strap out of neckties.  Making anything other than a necktie knot out of neckties would be a sin around here at Nice Tie Store    Check it out - Jeffrey Hunter

I don’t own a necktie, and I haven’t been clean-shaven since sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s. But that doesn’t mean I can’t brush up nice and get all dressed up from time to time. Which is why I’m seriously considering one of Photojojo’s smart-looking Camera Strap Neckties.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Good Old Days

Gas station serviceman wearing a necktie 
In good old days the young men that pumped your gasoline wore neckties and you can bet those ties were official uniform often with the company logo proudly illustrated on the tie.

It wasn't just cheap gasoline back in the day that made the gas station easier to deal with, it was more than that. When you pulled into a gas station there was something very different to what you experience today.  They were real gas stations, not just a place to get fuel either - they were called service stations.  The "service" as in serving was the only way to go.  It was not considered socially correct to have to pump your own gas, getting your hands dirty and afterwards smelling like gasoline.

Sometime in the late 70s after that orchestrated fuel crisis that saw long lines at the pumps the corporate wisdom decided to cut labor costs and introduced the self service "pump your own" system.  Those "company owned" stations also operated convenient stores along with the gas pumps instead of the usual repair facility.  Their modern gas station now had one employee at a cash register instead of several employees.  The square footage incorporated shelf space for potato chips, candy, and pet food, and coolers for beer and soft drinks.  Gone was the automobile service station.  There was no need to sell tires, fan belts and no need for a soda machine either.

The "company owned" self serve stations squeezed out the independents, openning up across the street which saw an end to the auto service part of the gas station in the well as the anything else that resembled "service."

Gas station service man wearing a bow tie
I missed those days but not any more.  That's because I have the service in the gas station in my world again.  No, I did not time travel, it was much easier than that.  Although there was much about those days in the 60's and early 70's that I wish I could return to; hence my desire to go back to what I consider to much more sensible times, lest the gas station long lost. 

I now live south of the border near Rosarito Beach, Baja California Mexico and there are real gas stations here.  They often have the convenient store like gas stations north of the border but they have real service.  There is usually at least one person on each side of the gas pump island, so you never feel neglected.  The men and even women that are the gas station attendants take care of the task of refueling your car, they will gladly check the oil, the water and check the tires for air.  They carefully clean the windshields, both front and back and the side view mirrors and they smile despite the salary of less then $2.00 per hour.  They take great poride in their jobs and the gas station service men wear ties too, imagine that..

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Only Terrorists Wear Neckties

The real terrorists wear suits and ties
I found this image on my Face Book page.  Some comments that accompanied this photo suggested that only terrorists wear ties.  Of course I objected to the idea concerning this terrorists fashion statement.  Certainly this is just an exaggeration by a person fed up with the crooked bansters and the other thieves on Wall Street. 

Banksters and stock brokers wear neckties so they will look serious and gain confidence over their "marks."   Yes, I use the word "mark" ( slang for a person that is targeted by a con-man ) to describe a bankers client.

I am also one of those guys that have a problem with the evil ruling elite of this world, especially the Illuminati and their soldiers in politics and the world of finance that have abused us all. 

It is no secret that the current financial mess we are in was orchestrated by those goons.  As well, those selfish men also took advantage of the situation and lined their pockets and the pockets of their friends with billions and billions of dollars.

Politicians wear neckties the same as bankers for the same end result - to deceive the masses while the lie and cheat.  I obviously do not have much fondness for them either, well at least most of them.  Not long ago I posted a piece I did about the evil men like politicians that wear ties.  That post includes an image Darth Vader comparing him to former Vice President Dick Cheney who is a man that I actually despise,  Check it out here - Evil Neckties for Evil Men  You may like the picture of that famous ex President Richard Millhouse ( I am not a crook ) Nixon and his more or less equally dishonest administration staff, many of which went on to serve in both of the Bush White Houses.

By the way I am no fan of either George H. Bush or George W. Bush, nor the sleazy ex President William Jefferson Clinton.  As for Obama, he is the king of liars.  I believe that not only is he a non American regarding his phony birth certificate that makes him an illegal U.S. President and the fact that he is using a dead guys Social Security Number which makes him an illegal alien; I believe that he is actually an alien from Outer Space.  No kidding. 

But seriously, many men like myself wear neckties because ties make a man look polished and debonair. There is no devilish reason behind tying a necktie around my neck, so I decided to write this short article as a post for this blog and as well place a short version of it on Face Book as a rebuttal. 

That brings me to this.  Check out my satirical post about another evil guy from Outer Space Sith Lord Darth Vader Wearing a Necktie 

Check out our Official Collector Star Wars Ties

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

World’s Largest Necktie

This is another wonderful find about crazy fashion accessories, the result of searching Google for neckties.  Another crazy invention from the Industrial revolution that surely had it beginning and end in a very brief span of time.  This is not only the world’s biggest necktie it is surely the world’s ugliest necktie.  I seriously doubt that these guys ever sold even one of these horrible ties. 

I don't know who wrote this stuff but it sounds a bit like Shakespeare and Hitchcock all at once.  At least the description of this tie is on the money.

World’s Largest Necktie

The tie that tops all gift neckties and defrosts the most dignified gathering.  Made from heavy awning cloth in bright, gaudy, horrible stripes.  Snaps on under collar.  Really useful for spaghetti, lobster, etc.  Let ‘em dribble!
Just $1.50 ppd.

Greenland Studios, Dept 10, 5858 Forbes St.  Pittsburgh 17, Pa.

Below are three previous posts  – the world’s largest neckties crafted to promote the necktie capital of the world, Croatia, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy,  however these are really giant neckties not meant for a man to wear unlike the tie illustrated above.  Actually I'm sure that anyone would consider the "Bib Tie" seriously meant to be worn by a man, save the extremely creative and very strange people at Unusual Gifts of Pittsburgh Pa.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why Jehovah’s Witness Men Wear Neckties

Jehovah's Witness Door to Door Minister
You have seen them for sure, those tireless guys that come to your door spreading the message of their religious beliefs.  The Jehovah's Witness men wear neckties when they conduct the door to door ministries which surely makes them unmistakable and at the very least non threatening.  With their New World Translation Holy Bible in hand and a briefcase with literature that helps explain the lessons and the truths about God and Jesus they knock on door after door after door with certain conviction.

My landlord is a Jehovah’s Witness, who along with his friends, visits me often.  These guys are most welcome in my home as I am like most people searching for answers and truths in this crazy world we find ourselves in.  I asked him the other day why he and his friend’s wear neckties when they hit the streets.   His answer was as not what I expected.  With great pride he answered quite exactly, The reason I wear a tie is because I am representative of the most highest creator of the universe, Jehovah God.”  I would have thought that the response would have been a bit simpler - like he just wanted to look respectful. I replied, "I thought that maybe you did not want to be mistaken for a vacuum cleaner salesman."    Of course I had to have a little fun with him.

Why Jevohvah's Witness Men Wear Ties 

At bible study, on Sundays at church, at minister school on Fridays and almost every other day the Jehovah’s Witness men wear a necktie.  As one of my landlords fellow ministers explained; in their heart they have to dignify the creator and as well show respect to those persons that they are so humbly enlightening.   I would imagine that they want to be as professional as possible about this and what better way to accomplish that than by wearing a necktie.  It is a serious mission they undertake and the last thing that a Jehovah’s Witness Minister wants, is to look like anything less than a gentlemen with integrity and good will.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Do you hate Suits and Ties

Image from "Do you wear a leash to work?"
Concerning wearing neckties - comment on May 22, "Cant stand suits or ties, I wont wear them even to interviews."  Our post on March 11, 2011 - Ties – Some Men Hate Them, Some Men Love Them

Once and a while I cross the line and become politcal in my opinions.  I am sorry if I offend anyone,  Jeffrey Hunter.

If you love neckties or not, you can apprectae this response.  And no, I do not wear a necktie every day.

My reply:   Everyone has the right to choose what they like or hate. That is what makes the world go around. That will always be, unless the Neo-Cons, the Illuminati, the Bushs, and their pals on Wall Street get their way with the New World Order. Then wearing a tie or not will not a be a big deal - because there will be no choice on anything and life will be basically a big joke.
Introduction to the Illuminati
The Coming New World Order
Video.New World Order

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Father's Day Gifts - Neckties Are Number One

It is an American tradition.  The necktie is the perfect gift for your father.  Buy you dad a Father's Day tie.  

Neckties are still the number one gift for Father's Day according to the United States Census Bureau.

Father’s Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash. in 1909. While she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon she thought it was necessary to have a special day to honor her father, It was on June 19, 1910 for Sonora Dodd's father that a formal day for honoring William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration — proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of William Smart’s birth.

The first US government presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed into law the third Sunday on June - Father's Day.

The statistics for Father's Day

  • There are 70.1 million fathers Estimated across the U.S.A. today.  
  • 60 nations around the world celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday of June. 
  • Father's Day is the busiest day for collect telephone calls although there are more telephone calls over all on Mother's Day
  • In the U.S.A. there are 25.3 million of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2010.
  •  22 % percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
  •  3 % percent lived in someone else's home.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements

In 2010 there were 1.8 million single fathers;

·   15 % percent of single parents were men.
·   9 % were raising three or more children younger than 18.
·   46 % approximately were divorced, 30 percent were never married.
·   19 % were separated, and 6 percent were widowed.
·   39 % percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements

·   An estimated 102 million Father’s Day cards expected to be given this year in the United States, making Father’s Day the fifth-largest card-sending occasion. (Source: Hallmark research)
·   50 % of all Father’s Day cards that are purchased specifically by sons and/or daughters. Nearly 20 % of Father’s Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands; the remaining cards are bought for grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.”
Source: Hallmark research

·   73% Percentage of Americans who plan to celebrate or acknowledge Father’s Day.
Source: Hallmark research and National Retail Federation.

Neckties lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 9,189 men’s clothing stores around the country in 2003.

Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation’s 14,864 hardware stores or 5,795 home centers in 2003.

More than 68 million Americans participated at a barbecue in the last year — it’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day. 2006 edition, Table 1230

There are 8,111 men's clothing stores around the country (as of 2008), a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.
Source: County Business Patterns

There are 16,010 hardware stores (as of 2008), a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father's Day gifts. Additionally, there were 7,009 home centers across the country in 2008.
Source: County Business Patterns

There are 22,116 sporting goods stores in 2008. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
Source: County Business Patterns

81.5 million Americans participated in barbecues in 2010 — it's probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father's Day.
Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011 Table 1239

The how, what, why and where of buying a ties for Father's Day gifts

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Disney Cartoon Necktie

Well, a picture sometimes says it all. Could there be any words sufficient enough to describe a bunch of Disney Cartoon Characters wearing neckties? And to top that, they are illustrated on a tie.

I’m speechless. Another great find on Google images - I never saw this necktie before and I have been selling and designing ties for over 17 years. I just have to find one for my personal collection.

Checkout our Disney Cartoon Character Ties on our retail site. They are no longer made and absolutely official Disney collector items. Not all are available however we have Disney ties that are bedding added to the site or being made available all of the time. Be sure to visit our cartoon necktie collection often.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Collar and Tie to Die?

Men are still tying neckties
The Collar and tie expected to die out in British workplace within 50 years, study claims.

I disagree but to be quite honest my opinion is one of extreme prejudice.  I sell neckties.  Besides, men's suits are back and neckties and suits are hard to separate. 

Check out excerps from the article in the Telegraph March 17th 2012 - a link to the complete article and survey is below.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) thought the tie would not survive within British firms beyond the next half a century with the popularity of the open-collared shirt.

Its demise is being blamed on the boom in creative businesses, such as Facebook and Google, and online trading companies where formal dress codes tend to be shunned in favour of a more casual approach.

Once considered an important part of business dress, the tie has become a victim of the spread of ''casual Fridays'' into other weekdays, according to researchers.

The corporate necktie could join corsets, top hats and coat tails as a thing of the past with the workplace moving to more casual dressing, according to a recent poll.

Just under a quarter of those surveyed by -a UK deals site for small business - even put the tie’s demise in under a decade.  ''The success of businesses such as Facebook and Google, where even the CEO turns up wearing jeans and a hoodie, also seems to have had a corrosive effect on the idea of dressing formally for work,” a DealJungle spokesman said.

Do you think neckties will become a thing of the past? 

Read more and leave your comment here - The Telegraph March 17th 2003

Related article and survey in

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Are Ties Cool Again?

Models present creations by French designer Veronique
Nichanian for Hermes - the Men's Autumn-Winter 2012-13
The more things change, the more they stay the same.“ 

I never actually understood how that could be.  I guess it is one of the clichés that meant something at a certain time, something fashionable, not necessarily fashionable in the sense of fashion attire, but a state of fashion regarding what society accepts as chic or maybe just society itself. 

As seen in late January in a Paris Men's fashion show neckties are hardly a forgotten fashion accessory.  The necktie has seen a new sense of recognition by designers and young men, especially skinny ties.  Wearing suits is back in style and ties are meant to go with them.  Things change regarding fashion - that's what fashion means. What was fashionable once, can be again.  Everything that is created, or envisioned is influenced by what has been.  Sometimes ideas, especially fashion ideas are reborn, with a new found appreciation.   Kind of like when color television and film replaced black and white.  It was not very long before black and white film was considered an art and became a much appreciated medium in story telling.  Story telling just seemed to have a greater passion with the life like realism of color replaced with black and white.

The point I am making is regarding an attitude towards neckties by young men that has caused a stylish craze that has escaped most men of years.  Apparently men wearing neckties are gracing the runways of the fashion world, on the college campus as ties are making a big comeback in the men's retail.   Narrow ties have especially become a favorite of younger men that recently considered wearing ties as a restriction to their freedom.  When men were wearing neckties religiously a rebellious wave against ties became a means of expression for youth.

For at least the last two or three decades, wearing neckties became a sort of un-fashion statement by youth.  It was an easy way to be different and unique, shunning authority by resisting to conform to a way that their fathers had deemed proper.  For a young man novelty theme ties like music and rock and roll themes had been the tie of choice as at least it was a way to make a statement. To be cool and still be a rebel even though it was not possible to avoid the dreaded conforming to an unpopular dress code.  This was one of the great successes of Jerry Garcia ties.

Now, serious fashion ties like rep stripes and conservative design are being tied around the necks of the young.   By sharp contrast, men are becoming less refined embracing a casual attire in a similar way and for possibly the same reason, to become free of authoritive fashion.  Maybe they want to feel young and free again. 

So there it is,  “The more things change, the more they stay the same.“  kind-of-sort-of.

Related article, Times Live - Life Style Jan 23, 2012
Now that older men have ditched it to look cool, the stylish young are reclaiming the necktie as their own, with the once-derided accessory making a stealthy comeback on the menswear runways.

At Lanvin on Sunday there were no ties until the finale, but there were neckties for all the evening looks — save for a single bow-tie, a nod to the personal style of designer Alber Elbaz.

"Ties are a part of the suit that is coming back," Elbaz confirmed. "Not the ties of our fathers or grandfathers. They are worn by a new generation that comes from sport, new technologies.  "It's neither the world of the dandy nor of the boardroom."  Read more Could Neckties Be Cool Again

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Secret Way to Tie a Windsor Tie Knot

The Duke of Windsor demonstrating how he ties
the "Windsor" tie knot, however he is tying it a
confusing way on purpose so not all men could 
look so dashing 

This is the way to tie the Windsor necktie knot that the Duke of Windsor wanted you to see.  As well, this is probably the way your father showed you how to tie a Windsor.  It is not the way some men tie this “fashionably correct” symmetrical tie knot as there is an easier way to make a Windsor Knot. However, the Duke did not want you to know about that.  

Most likely you have given up on mastering the art of tying a Windsor as it is no easy task unless you know the secret way to do it.  If that is the case or if you are making a Windsor knot when you tie your tie and it seems really difficult then you should check out the tie knot diagram below.  When you are finished the dimple is easily formed and when you take the tie off the entire length is revealed with no inner knot left to undo.

The romantic story about the Windsor Necktie Knot

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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Sexy Way to Tie a Necktie Knot

Well I must say, this was strong competition for April, our original sexy tie tying necktie lesson girl.   So I retired her.  Man, that sure was a hard opening line, and full of keywords for neckties too. Watch this babe tie a nice necktie knot just for you.  Now there is one more reason to learn how to tie a tie. .

This is absolutely the sexiest Windsor Necktie Knot lesson I have ever seen.  Not only is Ashley tying the Windsor in a very pleasant way to observe, thanks to her charming good looks, she is tying the Windsor necktie knot the correct way.  There are several ways to tie a tie that looks like the Windsor, although those tie knots are not easy to master and are very clumsy to accomplish.  In the end they may look like a Windsor tie knot with a symmetrical shape after some careful however thumb and index finger work, they are not the Windsor and they do not form a sexy dimple below the knot without extra effort..

The worst thing about making what I call a fake Windsor tie knot instead of the real thing is that the tie knot actually has an inner knot that makes taking the tie off complicated.  That inner knot must be un-wound carefully after the tie is removed from around your neck as it becomes much tighter when you take it off.   If the tie is not completely untied promptly the next time you will want to wear it the inner lining and the tie itself will have an unrelenting twist and will be most likely be completely damaged beyond use..

April will show you how its done the right way unlike many other videos including a very horrible demonstration by G.Q. I found about a year ago on line. 

Visit our on line necktie shop to check out our Windsor Necktie Knot Lesson   It may not be as sexy as this necktie tying lesson but it is well worth the time to see. And, you will learn the mystery of the Windsor tie knot.  It is quite a romantic story.

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