For the Love of Ties

I can’t get enough of ties. I can spend hours online looking through page after page of regimentals, foulards, and ancient madders. I find the colors, patterns, and textures intoxicating. They are the only item that I continue to thrift for because of the high ROI. They are how I express myself. Long live the tie.
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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

25 Comments on "For the Love of Ties"

  1. Agreed. These are some fantastic examples you share here. Neckties are my narcotic of choice too.

    Best Regards,


  2. Sean says:

    You have an amazing collection of ties and I particularly like your assortment of silk regimental ties. I need to up my game, thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Markus says:

    Wow, such a collection. Tortoise-one was my favourite 😀

  4. Robert says:

    Those are some great looking rolls (and ties) – any suggestions for an affordable OCBD with a nice collar role?

  5. Lennart says:

    Tortoise is the winner followed by regimental striped bow tie.

  6. Edward says:

    Great pictures. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed seeing how you pair various colors and patterns with a wide variety of sport coats.

  7. Fred Johnson says:

    A very nice collection of regimentals and I noticed that any one of the ties can work with any one of the jackets and striped shirts. That’s the “Trad” way of economically extending one’s wardrobe. I think you need to pick up blue and burgundy duck ties, as do I.

  8. Charlottesville says:

    Great ties, shirts and jackets, Jerrod. I especially like the bows with the tweeds, and the terrific color combinations in your collection of repp stripes.

  9. Brendan says:

    Nice collection. I recently started hunting for vintage ties thanks to your site.

  10. James says:

    What is the dress code like in your office Jerrod? Do you ever get comments for dressing differently to others?

  11. oxford cloth button down says:

    Thanks for all of the kind words, gentlemen!

    James – It is on the casual end of business casual, but there are many that dress more business like than other. I wear a tie/coat twice a week. I occasionally get comments, but most are used to it. I will say that there are others that wear sport coats (usually sales or account managers), but they are usually worn tie less. Last thing, I work downtown so I fit in well outside of the office.

    Robert – Unfortunately, I don’t have any great options for affordable OCBDs with collars that roll. At the moment Brooks Brothers has the lowest prices/best OCBD.

    • James says:

      Hi Jerrod, thanks, that is interesting. I work in an office that is more casual than business – jeans and crew neck tees allowed. I never wear blazer or tie and usually wear an OCBD, khakis and sweater. I used to get the odd comment but now I don’t. I think people who work in this kind of office often use it as an excuse not to make any effort whatsoever.

  12. jfrazi2 says:

    Great ties, I also like regimental ties. Thank you for sharing

  13. George says:

    Lovely presentation. Thanks.

  14. oxford cloth button down says:

    Fred – I am one step ahead of you!

  15. Fred Johnson says:

    Ox – On my way to Press today to pick up a couple, can’t trust thrifting for stuff this important.

  16. oxford cloth button down says:

    Fred – Agreed 😉

  17. Ezra Cornell says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for this. I always love getting a tie: it’s just affordable enough to be excusable, but an indulgence nonetheless.
    Here’s a question for you — how do you get such a nice dimple in your knot? I’ve asked around and gotten different tips. I’m curious to hear yours.

  18. Roger C. Russell II says:

    As has been stated, a wonderful collection. I am jealous, I just can’t find great rep tie patterns like I used to. I have recklessly worn out many a great pattern that I will never find again. Recently I happened upon a Youtube video made by Cordings of England (makers of the Covert Coat) where the salesman being interviewed claimed the rep tie is slowly disappearing. I miss the days where quality clothing was accessible and affordable. How can younger guys build a good traditional wardrobe when a necktie cost $150.00. Decent shirts at a $100.00 plus dollars a pop is insanity. A good shirt should be a commodity.

  19. Joe says:

    Jerrod-If I remember, you work in Info Tech. You must have one helluva job in OH, or really fly to CA & work next door to Bill Gates. Why do I say that? I have never seen a guy your age with such a massive wardrobe filled with very high quality goods. (I worked for Brooks in the late 70’s (summers in college) when things were “different” at B2.
    You must know or even be related to the owner’s of O”Connell’s. Your stuff is unreal fantastic.
    Congrats, Joe in Columbus

  20. SFSteve says:

    “How can younger guys build a good traditional wardrobe when a necktie cost $150.00. Decent shirts at a $100.00 plus dollars a pop is insanity.”

    You ought to get yourself on the BB e-mail list so you can take advantage of their sales. U.S.-made OCBDs and repp ties will each be available for under $60. A few of the ties pictured in this post are from BB; maybe some of the shirts, too. You just missed the September 25%-off sale.

  21. Woofboxer says:

    Nice collection Jerrod. Vintage ties are also a happy hunting ground for me, they have endless appeal. As ties are worn less and less there are plenty of barely used ones for sale out there, providing you stick to tried and trusted brands like Brooks and Press its hard to go wrong.

  22. Mostlytrad says:

    Thanks for the eye candy! Taking note of the ties being worn out and about or in the office adds another interesting element to people watching. One solid traditional dresser in our office continues to amaze me with his great tie selections. Both men and women notice and appreciate a good tie.

  23. David says:

    October 1, 2023

    Hi Jerrod,

    Please help me identify the 3rd tie from the top – green and blue stripe tie with thin yellow and red stripes on a blue oxford shirt.

    Is that a regimental tie?
    Does it have a specific name?
    Where does one purchase it?

    Much appreciated,

    • oxford cloth button down says:

      Hi David. It’s an Argyll and Sutherland tie. Search that term and you will find a lot of options. It’s an extremely popular tie. It would be a regimental tie if the stripes were in the opposite direction. This is the Americanized version.

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