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Our neckties are handmade in North Carolina. Our founder, Randy, and son, Randall Hanauer thoughtfully select the seasonal fine fabrics out of which our neckties are created. Italian silk is found in many of our neckties as well as wools, linens and cottons. Our neckties are made to be enjoyed for years and by generations of gentlemen.
Truly handmade neckties, no sewing machines are used in the process to create our neckties. Unlike most necktie makers today, all neckties are sewn by hand in a family run North Carolina workshop using slip-stitching. Once they arrive hand-sewn from our North Carolina partners, our high-quality neckties are housed in our Fort Mill, South Carolina workshop. Once a necktie order is placed, it is shipped out from the workshop and on its way to its future home.
Our Dedication to American Made Neckties
Although many opt to manufacture their neckties in other countries, we believe in making our neckties in the United States. If you check the neckties in your closet, most of tags on most big neckwear brands will show they are not made in America. There is a distinct difference between mass-manufactured products and our handmade, high quality neckties and we are dedicated to preserving this quality. Although competitors may make larger profit margins off of neckties made overseas, you can count on R. Hanauer to continue to hand-make and hand-sew neckties in America for years to come.
If you see a fabric on the website that is not included in the necktie category, we may be able to create a custom, handmade necktie for you. For all original custom orders, fabrics not shown on our website, we ask for a minimum order of 50 neckties. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with custom inquiries.
When Should You Wear a Necktie?
Weddings, corporate events, cocktail parties and dates, there are so many places to sport one of our high quality ties. If you are the groom in the wedding and it is not traditional black tie, a necktie can be a sharp looking accessory for the groom and groomsmen. Our wedding neckties have been selected with wedding parties in mind. A black necktie can also be worn with a tuxedo for a formal event. Our two most popular formal neckties will suit any suit. Cocktail events and professional settings can call for a number of bow ties. Two of our favorite collections for social or professional outings are our striped neckties and printed neckties.
The History of Neckties
Like bow ties, neckties were also inspired by Croatian mercenaries during the 17th century Thirty Year War when King Louis XIII was fascinated with the mercenaries' neckwear. Although necktie styles have drastically changed in size, length and shape over the years, our neckties are 3 and 1/4th inches wide and handmade to last for years. For the first part of the 20th century, neckties were an extremely popular part of men's fashion alongside bow ties and ascots.
The 1920s marked an important part of necktie history with the invention of both the bias-cut necktie, which allowed neckwear to spring back into place after tying, and the ever classic preppy staple, the repp-stripe necktie which inspired modern striped neckties. With the arrival of the 1930s, neckties became wider and the popular Windsor knot emerged. There was not much change in neckties during the 1940s but the 1950s brought the new skinny necktie which complimented the strict tailoring of the decade. The next decade swung back in the opposite direction of the skinny ties and the widest neckties in modern history took their place in the 1960s and through the late 1980s. Closely resembling today's tie styles, the floral and paisley neckties of the 1990s were a more classic size of 3 3/4 - 4 inches. Today neckties are slightly smaller, R. Hanauer neckties measuring at 3 1/4 inches, and come in all types of patterns and prints.