The repp tie originated in England in the 1800’s.
Repp refers to the silk weave used to make the ties. Different stripes were used to signify a regiment or club that a man belonged to. The stripes all went in the same direction – descending from the left.
The Repp tie showed up in the United States in the 1920’s and they are still a staple of the wardrobe of the well-dressed man.