You would be mistaken to think that Kamakura Shirts was all about just creating the best shirts. The same exacting standards are applied to our ties. Our hand sewn ties are supple, yet hold their form; they offer a distinctive sense of artisan tailoring produced in Japan. Luxury handmade ties will have a slip stitch, which is a long looped thread just visible at the seam. This allows the tie to naturally fall back into shape when twisted or wrinkled. Another key point in selecting a tie is to check whether it is made from natural materials. Silk, wool, linen, and cotton all have a natural, beautiful sheen that synthetic materials do not. We have selected the crème de la crème of tie fabrics from around the world, including fabric from Kyoto, Japan.
Silk fabric has been the backbone of local produce in Yamanashi. Blessed with the right conditions, silk cultivation is a thriving business in the surrounding areas of Mount Fuji. Local artisans weave fabric with the traditional skills which have been passed down through generations. True craftsmanship can be observed here by those artisans who have kept practicing simple, honest and sincere "monodzukuri" (making of things) and is particular to these areas.
We have sourced fabric from the Nishijin area of Kyoto, famed for the production of silk textiles. Its beginnings can be traced back to the fifth century, when kimono materials were woven from silk. The fabrics produced here are neither vibrant nor eccentric but are gracious and calm, reflecting the transience of the four seasons experienced in Japan.
Surrounded by the beautiful sea and magnificent mountains of Nice, there exists a tie manufacturer with a history of 120 years. While we cannot reveal their name, the diagonal stripe that falls from right shoulder to left hip is a mark of this famous brand loved across the world. The bar tacks found on the back of the tie convey the superb craftsmanship of these handmade ties. The use of colour that carries a sense of esprit is unique to this brand and is one of many reasons for their popularity. Nice is also twinned with Kamakura, Japan.
There are many world-renowned tie manufacturers around Lake Como. This is because the clean water available there has allowed the production of beautiful silk dyes. The back catalog of designs available to these factories is unrivaled, and has ensured the production of the same reliable quality over many years. These Italian tie factories have acquired the trust of many high-end fashion brands and are used frequently as part of their leading collections. By balancing new techniques with old traditional machinery, these factories are known for their elegantly dense Jacquard weaves and vibrant printed fabrics.
This is a special collection that takes inspiration from old archives possessed by the world-renowned Italian fabric manufacturer based near Lake Como.
Established over 250 years ago, this British silk weaver is celebrated for its beautiful Jacquard fabrics, classic designs and rich colours. It also supplies our high quality twill fabrics in many colours and designs, which produce luxurious and popular ties. England is still the home of classical elegance for men's clothing, and our British partner mill exemplifies these enduring values.