Handmade ties allow movement and are not rigid like machine made ties. Ties are machine made for the purpose of mass production, and this means that each tie will not have the same attention or care that goes into a hand sewn tie. At Kamakura Shirts, we do not mass produce as we wish to ensure that each stitch is placed to perfection. 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. The loose stitch means that the tie can move along the thread instead of being held in its shape rigidly by a stitch that is machine sewn. By allowing movement, the tie will not tear even when tightly wound and knotted.

The technique to dye silk reached the Roman Empire in the 6th century. Attributable to this, Europe advanced in creating the finest silk dyes. Silk is created by weaving natural protein fibres produced by silkworms. These fibres have a unique modified cross-section that cannot be replicated by synthetic fibres. Fabrics created by densely weaving such natural fibres together have an elegant sheen and certain softness due to this unique cross-section. Furthermore, they can express delicate colours and subtle changes in shading that manmade fibres cannot. Europe prospered together with the silk industry and as a result the necktie market is still largely supported by European designs. At Kamakura Shirts, we have carefully selected the creme de la creme of such European fabrics to be hand sewn in Japan.

Fabric from France

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 catalogue of designs available to these factories is unrivalled, 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.

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.

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.

The impression of a person is determined by his shirt and tie.

The shirt reflects his neatness, the tie his personality.
Though constraining and slightly uncomfortable,
a tie can make you all the more aware of the battles to come.

Using the finest world-class fabrics,
our soft hand-sewn ties will lead you and your business to victory.