To learn more about our craft, please watch this short film that captures the entire three hour process of how we handcraft a bespoke tie from start to finish in our workshop. All video credits go to our friend and distinguished videographer, Matthew Horrex of Matte Box 8.
Made by Hand
All our products are individually cut by hand, one piece at a time, to ensure precision. We use sharp scissors, and not complicated machinery to cut fabrics.
Our pocket squares are completely cut and sewn by hand. Other than the joining of the blade and the tail with a sewing machine, every part of our neckties are made by hand as well. This includes hand sewing the continuous slip stitch that joins the tie, the bar tacks that secures the ends, as well as the hand rolling of edges to finish the fabric ends.
While we strive for perfection, the reality is that a handmade product is never going to be 100% perfect. As such, minor variation in stated widths and lengths should not be considered as defects, but rather the nature of a product made by hand with fine fabrics.
Hand Rolled Edges
Our pocket squares are finished with hand rolled edges. Our neckties are untipped and similarly finished.
Hand rolling the edges gives our products a refined, three-dimensional appearance that machine sewing simply cannot achieve. While hand rolling in itself is not rocket science, achieving a luxury finish (with a tight roll and neat, narrow stitches) is a skilled operation that takes over an hour to accomplish.
"Look out for our distinctive ‘V’ stitch at the corners of rolled edges, which we coincidentally came up with even before the concept of Vanda Fine Clothing was conceived."
Some call this destiny.
Top Quality Materials
We use the very best materials and trimmings for every part of our products. This includes the best silks from Vanners and Adamley in the UK, 100% natural finished wool interlining from Italy, and 100% silk thread from Japan or Germany.
Occasionally when we chance upon some quality deadstock fabric, these will end up as limited pieces of neckties or pocket squares.
Most of our neckties are made with a true six fold construction throughout the length of the tie. Besides the beautifully symmetric look of the folds, the extra silk used (about 3 times the amount of a regular 3 fold tie) gives our six fold ties more elegant drape. We place our bar tacks higher (about 6" up from the wide tip and 4" up from the narrow tip) on the reverse side of the tie so that you can peek at the folds.
As some fabrics are too bulky to make an elegant six fold tie, we sometimes use a four fold construction. These four fold ties are made with the same amount of care as our six fold ties, which is really the hallmark of a well-made necktie.
We have done away with unnecessary elements across our product range. This means that you will not find conspicuous brand tags that get in the way, nor tie keepers that you don’t (and shouldn’t) use anyway, nor conspicuous woven brand tags that get in the way. In place of tags, we sew our signature ‘V’ stitch to secure the corners of every joining edge – subtle, yet distinctive.
With our neckwear, we aim to make ties that are lively, supple, and most importantly, comfortable to wear. To do so, we use either no interlinings at all, or partially line our ties with a lightweight, springy pure wool interlining imported from Italy.