Hermes is the leading name in couture tie fashion. The man who wears an Hermes makes an implicit statement of discernment and good taste. Learn to recognize what separates an Hermes from the poseurs by using the guidelines below. You will then prove to be a discriminating and savvy consumer when choosing an Hermes tie for yourself (or even if you just want to catch a rival sporting a faux).
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Recognize an Hermes tie by the whimsical animal patterns or signature horseshoe or geometric patterns. Other patterns include links or flower designs, amongst others. Many Hermes ties also have an H delicately imprinted across the surface of the tie.
Pay attention to the way the bias is running on the tie. The bias on an Hermes tie will run diagonally from the upper left-hand side to the lower right-hand side. It will never be horizontal or vertical.
Notice the finish and texture of the tie. Hermes ties sport a fine twill and are made of pure silk. They are soft and sturdy, with a matte finish. They will never be shiny or have a "smooth" surface.
Examine the inner lining of the tie: it should be solid-colored in the same color as the background of the pattern. A faux Hermes might sport a black lining or one with Hs on it. The signature H Hermes ties will have an H lining, but the patterned ones will not.
Look for the pattern code inset on the back of the tie near the point of the narrow end. It will have a code of three or four numbers next to two letters indicating the factory name. The words "MADE IN FRANCE" will be inscribed at the top of the box, while "100% SOIE" will be imprinted at the bottom.
Inspect the back of the wide end of the tie. This part should not merely be sewn together but should house a delicate loop of thread, which is the end of the single thread used to stitch the tie.
Check for the signature Horse and Carriage logo embroidered onto the tie stay on the back of the tie.
Tips and warnings
- Do not expect an Hermes logo on the front of the tie; if one is there, you can bet that it's a fake.
- Beware of the imitations available on the market. To ensure that your Hermes is authentic, only buy from a reputable seller.