My favorite ties in the world are silk knits and grenadines. Their dress-to-casual versatility is unmatched by any other necktie I can think of. I could easily survive with a four tie collection consisting of two of each, with one in black and one in dark navy. In fact, since I actually have that four tie collection, I could happily “tie die” now.

As I wrote in an earlier piece about grenadines, these ties were a stock item in Sean Connery’s Bond wardrobe. They’re classic, simple and irrefutably elegant no-brainers. I also wrote that the complex weave of the grenadine fabric can make them more expensive, often blowing past the $100 mark with higher end brands.

Sean Connery wearing a grenadine tie on location in Jamaica shooting Dr. No in 1962.

With budget in mind, one of my favorite resources for grenadines is Chipp Neckwear in New York City. They import the grenadine fabrics in a spectrum of colors from Italy and make the ties by hand in their New York City atelier. They’re really handsome ties.

My navy and black grenadines from Chipp.

One of my favorite features of Chipp’s grenadines is the width, which is 3.25 inches at the widest point. Not too skinny, not too fat. Just right. My other favorite feature is the price, which is an extremely reasonable $55. Happy customer here.

Yours truly in my navy grenadine from Chipp. (Shirt from Kamakura.)

www.chippneckwear.com