Tying the Knot

By: Joel Marino

Let’s face it—looking dapper comes naturally to us. It’s a Latino thing, right up there with our innate dance-floor domination.

That being said, we’re not ones to turn down friendly advice from time to time... especially if that advice is delivered by the trusted style ombudsmen over at the Tie Bar.

These online necktie curators have been adding ornamental flair to collars since 2004, gradually expanding their wardrobe collection to include pocket squares, cufflinks and, most recently, suspenders. Their prices have also contributed to their growing powerhouse status, with most neckties going for around $15.

And then there’s the site itself. Unlike other web retailers that place their products at the forefront, the Tie Bar instead shines the spotlight on their know-how. The site’s founders, two former Chicago attorneys, are well versed in the art of prints and patterns, and they want us to have that knowledge, too. There are sections on tie care and knot perfection, and even recommendations for the essential tie wardrobe.

Also, shopping for the actual product couldn’t be easier. A potentially mind-boggling amount of choices have been streamlined into searchable categories. So when we’re in the mood for a silk skinny tie imprinted with little flip-flops, we just type that into the search bar and we’ve got it. 

Or a few dozen of them. This place has a flat shipping fee—the perfect invitation to go tie crazy.

Joel Marino is a NYC-based freelance writer and editor who enjoys traveling and saying “I told you so” as much as possible. When not writing, he spends his time on a never-ending quest to find the perfect empanada.