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You can never have enough ties. Taking the burden off of grandma, your girlfriend and your wallet, FreshNeck ($15+) offers a huge library of neckpieces (along with bowties, cufflinks, pocket squares and other assorted style items) for your perusal and rental. The service works because of some inherent laws of manhood.

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They're not fat, they're just big-boned

Skinny Fatties

We’re not all in on the skinny tie phenomenon. But they’re absolutely a part of your style arsenal and happen to be in big time right now — besides, those extra-bloated wide-os make you look like your fat uncle. Brooklyn-based Skinny Fatties has the simple, cost-effective and good-looks-inducing solution: for $30 bucks, they’ll Jenny-Craig your…

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Etro Striped Knitted Cotton Tie

Ties disappeared from the office faster than fax machines once the silicon valley teens-turned-CEOs labeled them as “fun workplace” enemy number one. But if Etro’s combination of classic American colors and Italian knit work doesn’t add pop to your typical uniform of oxfords and jeans, nothing will. Combine the strong stripes with a solid shirt in lighter colors and be the one uomo in a room full of boys.

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Style Pick: Drakes For Hodinkee Knit Ties

The watch experts at Hodinkee have teamed up with the esteemed English clothier Drakes to create a pair of limited edition Drakes for Hodinkee knit ties inspired by two unique vintage Rolexes. Like all Drake ties, both are hand made and feature hand-sewn silk spots. Only 50 of each will be sold, and all are…

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Style Pick: Stalward Ltd. Summer 2012 Neckties

You’ll see them, you’ll want them, but you better hurry up and grab’em because these gorgeous Stalward Ltd. Neckties ($64) won’t be around much longer. The New York based company is serious about adding a touch of fun to modern aesthetics and their summer 2012 collection is carefully handmade by a family-owned factory in Chicago…

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Style Pick: Apolis Organic Hand Dyed Linen Tie

Spring time always holds a particular soft spot for fashionistas. After long months spent covering up in warm attire, the change in season is duly celebrated with a liberating explosion of style. Not to be outdone, social fashion enterprise Apolis presents its line of naturally produced and locally crafted organic hand dyed linen ties. Each…

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Tie one on

OoOtie Bow Ties

Bow ties are a nice sartorial addition to any wardrobe. When used correctly they can project confidence and a tad of stylistic swagger sure to earn you compliments. If you’re looking to start a collection of bow ties or add to a pre-existing stable, give Boston based OoOtie a look. They offer short limited edition…

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Made by hand, worn by neck

Dolbeau Neckwear

We’ve all been drawn in by the department store display tables, teeming with overlapping ties that look as if they just finished battling an arsenal of color grenades. That doesn’t make it right when you succumb to the life-size kaleidoscope though. What a guy wears around his neck says a lot about him. Wearing a…

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Handmade in New York

Mountain & Sackett Ties

Mountain & Sackett has been turning out handmade ties in New York’s garment district for 57 years and, in recent years, they’ve been going stronger than ever. Some of the credit is due Al Gore’s Internet, as it’s allowed the merchant to begin selling their high-quality silk neckwear direct to stylish guys everywhere. M&S imports…

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A Tie With Your Name On It...Seriously

Otis James Custom Neckwear

The necktie. Thanks to a timely rebirth of vintage styling, what was once the largely vilified mascot for corporate enslavement has become an expressive wardrobe necessity. But in a world full of cheaply made factory-assembled neckwear, do yourself a favor and buy a tie made by someone who cares about the fabric, the function, and…

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Your Summer's Skinny Tie

The Windmill Club Ties

Skinny ties are now a veteran accessory for the style seekers (hell, everybody and their mother are making them) not to mention a staple accessory for guys looking to spruce up an otherwise plain looking shirt. At least that’s what fashion editors at men’s magazines keep telling us. Regardless of whether you’re like the GP…

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Rebel Rabbits for Your Easter Outfit

Psycho Bunny Satin Gingham Tie

If celebrating Easter is part of your plans this weekend, try mixing up your look with a little help from Psycho Bunny. Definitely in line with the obligatory pastel color schemes that will blind many an onlooker come Sunday, they’re certainly formal enough to the casual on looker, while subtlety expressing your inner badass. Made…

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Restating the Case of the Classic Silk Striped Tie

Smart Turnout Old School Ties

Kids in Brooklyn and the fashion powers-at-large may be doing their damndest to convince the world the skinny tie is king, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily right. Standing firmly in defense of the classic male look obtained with the help of bold colorful stripes, Smart Turnout’s series of “Old School Ties” are the perfect…

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American Made J.Crew Alternative

Pierre Pont Hicks Ties

Rising from the men’s fashion hotbed of Minnesota, Pierre Pont Hicks was launched this past year by husband and wife team, Kat + Mac. Their backgrounds are quite the dichotomy, with Mac hailing from real-estate development and construction while Kat emerged from a fashion and publishing background in NYC.  Since launching, Pierre Pont Hicks has…

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Style Q&A: What Knot to Wear?

When it comes to tie knots, does one size fit all or should I have a few in my repertoire? Casey – Peoria, IL

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Squared, Not Square

The Hill-Side | Ties, Pocket Squares, Handkerchiefs

Between your new love of vintage style and the goods that you own, there lies a gap. Perhaps. Perhaps that gap is between the highly structured ties of your college/job interview days and the style of tie befitting of your weekender lifestyle. Designer Emil Corsillo’s new brand of ties, The Hill-Side, has launched their inaugural…

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Heirloom Quality Tie. Brooks Brothers Price.

Vittorio J Exclusive Collection Ties

Gear Patrol has written about Vittorio J ties in the past, to great laud. Recently, we got the chance to try on a few pieces from Vittorio J’s new Exclusive Collection, a hand-numbered limited edition set of ties that hails from old world tailoring. These are the Mercedes of ties.

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Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 20: Upgrade Your Work Style

By Gear Patrol reader Mitch Granger For most of us, dressing for work involves little thought. We wake up, put on the obligatory pieces of clothing that insure we’re appropriately dressed based on our position and office environment, and walk out the door to greet the day. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with this…

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Be A Better Man In 30 Days | Day 1: Know How To Pair A Shirt & Tie

There isn’t a lot you can be certain of in these wayfaring times, but one sure bet is the you’re going to be sweating bullets this summer. If you live in an area with impenetrable summer humidity (e.g. the East Coast or the South) or where 90° is considered a “cool day” (e.g. So Cal’s…

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Vittorio J Skull & Crossbones Tie (Win A Tie!)

Thanks for everyone! This contest has ended. We will announce a winner later this afternoon. Check back for the winner. There are a few tie patterns that will always be classic: varsity stripe, warren check, or skull & crossbones. Yes, skull & crossbones (we’re sure the team at Plunder Guide would approve). Recently, I read…

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J.Crew Satin Bow Tie

Wherever your political credences reside, it’s undeniable that our new Commander In Chief can also command a suit. At the Inaugural Ball on January 20th, Mr. Obama paired a bowtie along with his tuxedo and, though little is special about a bow tie+tuxedo, this wasn’t just any old bow tie.

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J.Crew Tie Of The Month Club

12 Months Of Prep This past weekend Anthony made an appearance at a prep themed MBA party in Chicago. Ironically, he’s not pursuing an MBA but that’s neither here nor there. Regardless, while packing he seeked out prepster sartorial advice in me. Long story short, Anthony went dressed as Eric Yang, or what he claimed…

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Democrat or Republican, Support Your Party With Ties

Vineyard Vines Donkey And Elephant Ties

Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are finally upon us, there’s no avoiding politics. We suggest subtly showing your party support with these classic Elephant and Donkey printed ties from Vineyard Vines. You are, after all, a man of discerning taste. Made of 100% silk, these ties are reasonably priced to fit your budget…

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GP Protocol | Rule #33 – Know More Than One Way To Tie A Tie

Sure, you know how to tie a tie. But do you know more than one way to do it? Every man should know at least two of the three common knots. Ties come in all different shapes and sizes and the proper knot is crucial to complete an ensemble. The three most common knots are…

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J.Crew Skinny Knit Ties

Amp up your wardrobe with one of J.Crew’s new slightly preppy, but laid back Italian silk knit skinny ties. About 2 inches at it’s widest point, the Italian made ties will pair with your white oxford shirts and a pair of chinos. Throw a blazer and sockless wingtips with it and you’ll slide right into…

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J.Lindeberg Dressed Wool Tie

Every men’s wardrobe arsenal should be equipped with a black tie, a skinny tie if you’re a braver dresser. They pull a bit of chic, a bit of beek and a bit of attitude that makes them unique altogether. The J. Lindeberg wool tie will take you through the seasons, you can throw it with…