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.

Lapels seem to be getting narrower – going from 3 1/2” to 3 1/4”. Coats are trimmer in the body and a little shorter. Trouser legs are getting a little more narrow from the knee down. To complete this “Mad Men – 1960’s look, we are seeing some thinner ties too.