24
Sep
14
Sep

New knit ties at The Knottery — Among many other new items from The Knottery.

04
Jul

It’s on sale: The Knottery — Through Monday, The Knottery is offering $25 off storewide when you spend $100 or more when you use code bbqsauce.

26
Jun

Silk grenadine neckties at The Knottery — Just dropped today: 3” wide, 59” long, garza grossa grenadine weave, made from Italian fabric in the U.S.A., $55. Available in black, burgundy, brown and navy.

02
May
30
Apr

Review: The Knottery silk knit ties, pocket squares & shoelaces

For a while, I’ve been featuring items from The Knottery here on the blog. Their goal of providing affordable menswear accessories is laudable. I placed an order with them a while back and wanted to give a review to put to end some of the questions I’ve received about them.

I’ve seen the question asked quite frequently — with skepticism — about the quality of The Knottery’s silk knit neckties, which are made in China. There’s some obvious hesitation from some — even at the affordable pricetag — about if these stack up to more expensive silk knits made in either Italy or England. 

Let’s just skip to the point: The Knottery has the best value when it comes to silk knit ties

Ranging for $25 to $30, these ties stack up to the quality of silk knits that cost up to three times as much. In fact, they’re so so good, I can’t tell their quality or construction apart from some I have that were manufactured in England. 

I picked up the breton stripe inspired tie, The Port, and I’m extremely pleased with it.

How do I know this? I own two silk knit ties from J.Press: one is a solid silk knit in navy, another is a navy and red striped tie on an ecru ground. Both are made in England and sold for about $90 at retail. The striped tie is different in construction than the solid tie. I have no idea if they’re both manufactured in the same place or not, but the striped one has a slightly more “open” weave, whereas the solid one has is more “dense” and less see-through. 

The Knottery’s silk knit is more like the striped J.Press silk knit. The weave is somewhat open and when you examine the knits up close, you’d swear they were made by the same machine. 

Look below. If I didn’t tell you which tie was made in England and which one was made in China, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Even by feeling them you can’t tell the difference. Both are soft to the touch and the fibers feel the same. Both of the back seams are the same stitching them together. Both of the neck bands are the same. 

(J.Press is on the left, The Knottery on the right.)

Below, I’ve compared The Knottery (center) with a silk knit from Lands’ End (left, made in Italy) and my solid-navy J.Press (right, England). You’ll notice the knit weave is more open from Lands’ End and the Italian tie is a bit more “crunchy” and rougher in texture. It’s a significantly different weave pattern and construction. 

The J.Press solid silk knit is similar in softness (but not the same), but the knits are closer together and it’s virtually opaque in comparison to The Knottery’s weave. The seam stitching the tie together is different, too. 

While these solid knits are obviously different than The Knottery’s attributes, I think The Knottery can easily say their silk knit doesn’t suffer in quality in any way and especially isn’t inferior. If anything, The Knottery’s supplier in China is able to match the quality of a silk knit tie from England at a third of the retail price.

Bottom line: The Knottery’s silk knit ties are a steal.

I also picked up a pocket square from The Knottery. I won’t give you some sort of song and dance about a pocket square, but it’s pretty much what I expected. I liked the semi-minimal design on an off-white ground. 

For $12, I’m satisfied to add another pocket square to my collection that goes with my blue-heavy theme. Are there cheaper pocket squares out there? Sure. Are there more expensive ones? Sure. But I was more about getting this pattern than what the price was.

I also picked up a pair of shoelaces from The Knottery. The ones that I’d been using on a pair of chocolate suede Allen Edmonds I picked up on eBay had gotten toward the end of their life. 

While The Knottery offers a great deal of colorful options, I went with their “Vanilla Creme” option. Personally, there’s something a bit too dandy for me about super-bright laces in other colors, but I liked the way the white laces offset the darker brown. Plus, the concept of “vanilla and chocolate” seemed to amuse me. 

For kicks, I thought I’d put together a simple summer look with all these elements. White OCBD, white denim, blue unconstructed cotton sportcoat, plus a chocolate suede belt from The Knottery as well (reviewed previously here). You can never go wrong with blue, brown and white. 

While a lot of people use accessories that draw attention to themselves (insert “pop of color” joke here) that nukes the cohesiveness of outfit they’re wearing, I’m beginning to prefer accessories that help solidify a color palette. 

A year or two ago, I might’ve gone for adding more patterns or colors. Now, I find myself subtracting colors from my wardrobe. I’m becoming a greater fan of solids and minimally adding stripes or polka dots in neckwear. And while I love my collection of beautiful printed silk squares, I often reach for a TV-folded linen. 

So, my recent purchases from The Knottery reflect the current direction my style is moving toward: matching a theme of playful simplicity in my own color story.

10
Feb

brooklynesque:

Knottery sneak peek:

Our premium line is slowing coming together. Grenadine fabrics direct from Italy to Brooklyn. New label confirmed. Headed to production.

The Knottery: Coming for all ya’ll necks!

30
Jan

best silk knit tie for under 50$? I'm waiting on a Land's End sale but I'd like to see some other options. Any experience with Knottery? (or Tie Bar?)

- Asked by Anonymous

No personal silk knit tie experience (yet) with The Knottery, but I do have one of their wool knit ties and belts, and my roommate has several of their other ties. Several other bloggers have given the thumbs up to The Knottery’s silk knits, so I’d say they’re likely the best value silk knits out there right now. 

You can see my not-so-positive thoughts on The Tie Bar’s silk knits here

27
Jan

onesandtwos:

Some new ties just dropped over at the Knottery. They say it’s their last F/W ties, and I’m excited to see what they’ll have for S/S 2012. Some Madras goodness maybe?

Be sure to check them all out, my two favourites are at the top.

Another round, bartender!

12
Jan
Silk knit ties at The Knottery — For those of you looking for staple colors of silk knit ties at an affordable price, The Knottery’s latest stock has ‘em for $25-$30 a pop. The solid ones come in an array of colors from Army green to (eventually) blogger blue. And there’s some bi-color silk knits, too. 
A small detail though: these are 3” wide, so don’t confuse them for the other skinny numbers you see most retailers selling. These fall into the wider spectrum, like those offered by J.Press. I have a preference for fatter ties (they just knot better, in my opinion), but I realize everyone’s tastes are different. 

Silk knit ties at The Knottery — For those of you looking for staple colors of silk knit ties at an affordable price, The Knottery’s latest stock has ‘em for $25-$30 a pop. The solid ones come in an array of colors from Army green to (eventually) blogger blue. And there’s some bi-color silk knits, too. 

A small detail though: these are 3” wide, so don’t confuse them for the other skinny numbers you see most retailers selling. These fall into the wider spectrum, like those offered by J.Press. I have a preference for fatter ties (they just knot better, in my opinion), but I realize everyone’s tastes are different. 

10
Jan

Review: The Knottery double-ring “Smith” brown suede belt — For a long time I’ve been searching for a moderately priced chocolate suede belt to wear with a pair of loafers and brogues in that color and could never find one that fit my budget. There are options available, but going north of the $100 pricepoint (or even approaching it) didn’t sit right with me for a belt I’d only wear some of the time, versus a belt in walnut tan leather, which matches most of my shoes.

Then The Knottery announced their (then) forthcoming line of belts and I was excited to see a chocolate brown suede one. So, the first day they became available, I bought one and have had the chance to wear it a few times now.

In short, it gets my thumbs up and approval. Their sizing recommendation to go 2” more than your waist size is dead on and the color matches quite well to my shoes.

My one point of caution is that when you initially receive it, the belt’s suede will rub off a bit and could potentially get on lighter-colored clothing (i.e.: white denim, light-colored chinos), so you may want to stick to using it with dark denim for the first few times. I had several pairs of shoes that did the same thing to me, so it’s not what I’d consider a huge concern.

Overall, it’s a great belt that looks nifty when worn casually. I’ve never actually owned a double-ring belt before, but I do really enjoy the ability to size to my waist exactly versus traditional belts that force you to be a more exacting size because of their punched holes.

A nice touch is The Knottery’s embossed logo on the inside of the belt, which was a detail I wasn’t expecting. The brass hardware feels substantial to me as well. The rings don’t seem cheap.

I’ve put in a suggestion for a sand suede number in the future and am crossing my fingers. For $55, this is a good buy. Get ‘em while you can, as The Knottery’s stock isn’t infinite.

29
Dec
brooklynesque:

Knottery 2012 sneak peek

The Mayan calendar didn’t predict this.

brooklynesque:

Knottery 2012 sneak peek

The Mayan calendar didn’t predict this.

28
Nov
28
Nov

downeastandout:

The Knottery *Preview*

Going live today at 12PM EST will be the next run of ties and accessories from my homie Jay and his company, The Knottery. Ranging from the soporific to the stimulating, these ties, squares, and flowers are attractive yet affordable, staying true to Jay and Jack’s core mantra of “Attainable Style.” My personal favorite is the LL Bean Norwegian-inspired number, which has just enough whimsy to remind me of my days down east. Support a great small business as well as your growing wardrobe by checking out the new goodies this afternoon.

Ya’ll should get on their email list so you know when this stuff is about to drop. They’ve got belts dropping later this week, too. 

(via downeastandout)

06
Oct

New ties at The Knottery — If you’ve been patiently waiting for some new neckwear that was not only affordable, but also in some classic patterns, then you’re in luck with The Knottery. Not only are they reasonably priced at $25, but now they’re handmade in Brooklyn, New York.

Also, for non-U.S.A. made ties, the silk knits with polka dots are back in navy, red and green.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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