What Sells: Men's Neckties

The American tie manufacturer Jesse Langsdorf is credited with patenting the modern necktie — the first all-weather, wrinkle-free tie in 1920. Since then, men’s neckwear has changed with almost every season: ties widened and then slimmed down, then widened again, and different patterns and colors have fallen in and out of fashion. Still, some classics endure, such as patterned ties from the well-known designer, Hermés.

Research Resources

For the latest in men’s ties, look through the pages of GQ and Maxim magazines. Also, visit the websites of the top designer brands listed above.

It is best to search eBay to learn what’s being offered for sale online, how items are bundled and marketed, and what’s selling.

Inspect ties carefully for these signs of wear and tear:
  • Stains and spots
  • Rips and tears
  • Fraying or wear on the edges
  • Snags
  • Torn, faded or missing labels

Polyester silk fabric is prone to insect attacks by a silvery insect that is similar to the clothes-moth but without wings. Look for any damage this insect might have caused.

Most experts agree that you should never dry-clean a silk tie. While dry-cleaners might be able to remove spots, when they press the tie they will compress the lining and dull the luster of the silk. Ask the owner if the tie has ever been dry-cleaned, and if so, how frequently.

To remove water spots, rub the small end of the tie or a separate piece of the same fabric on the spot or very gently scrape the surface with a fingernail once the spot has dried. To remove simple stains dip a clean cloth napkin in a little seltzer water or club soda and then dab away what you can. For tougher stains, ask the owner to have the tie professionally cleaned.

Key Details

Include these details in your listing:
  • Brand
  • Style or model (if known)
  • Measurements (length and width)
  • Predominant color(s)
  • Patterns or motifs (paisley, floral, striped, etc.)
  • Condition (New with Tags, New without Tags, etc.)
Storage and Shipping

Always flatten a silk tie when it is not in use. For a silk tie, use a small hand steamer to steam away any wrinkles that have formed around the fabric where the knot is made. Silk ties should be hanging while stored. Knitted or crocheted ties should be laid flat or rolled up. Make sure to store polyester silk ties in a dry place as the fabric is especially sensitive to dampness and mold.

Keep ties in a well-ventilated room, away from children, pets, moisture, smoke and cooking odors. Never place items in direct sunlight or next to heating vents or air conditioners, since sunlight and temperature/humidity changes can cause damage. When packing a tie, place the tie in the designer box provided or fold it gently into four, place it into a plastic bag, and place the bag into a larger box for shipment.

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