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Hi, my name is Mark Breaux. I've been working in men's tailored clothing for about twenty five years now, and I'm going to show you a few tips about selecting a tie and maintenance, and what to look for in a good quality tie, and how to, if you ever need to repair one because the stitch is coming out, how to do that. First thing you want to look for in a tie, you want to make sure that the tie is cut on the bias. How to test for that, is when you grab the tie straight across from this, the material should stretch like that. Now, if you grab it at a forty five degree angle, it will not stretch, it stays firm. Why it's important to be cut on the bias is because if it's not cut on the bias, the ties is going to, after you tie it a few times, it's going to want to twist and twirl on you. And, it's just going to turn around and it's not going to look appropriate for you. Being cut on the bias is very important. Also, you need the liner that's underneath, inside of the tie to be also cut on the bias, and that you can more or less feel that they liner I am referring to, is the lining that's in the inside here, it's hard to see too cause the tie is stitched, but it's this lining in here. Also, you prefer a liner that's made out of wool, not a polyester or a cotton because those materials tend to stretch too much and it'll bag out of shape, where the wool liners are in your better ties and they’re going to give you more resilience, and it's just going to stay looking better longer. Also, the stitch of the tie is very important! There's a hand stitch that runs all the way through this seam of this tie that binds it together, and that stitch should be fairly loose, you know. And, you can actually pull it there, and I don't know if the camera will pick that up, but you've got little threads there that when you tie the tie, that stitch will allow it to slip, and so you don't get a tie at the end of the tie that you've, that looks like an accordion because that stitch has been pulled on it and it's too tight up in the knot and doesn't slip freely through the tie. If that stitch ever breaks, you basically can hand stitch it back together, you just need to take a needle, some thread, tie it in there and work slowly in about three quarter of an inch stitches throughout the back of the tie. Most tailors can do something like that for you. I don't do it on my own, I have the tailors here at the store do it. And, far as maintenance on the tie, you don't, a lot of people will come in and they want us to tie the tie, and they want to leave it tied for the rest of its life. We do not recommend doing that, it tends to just get real wrinkled at the top and it never gets a chance to fall back out, and it's a good way to eventually end up breaking that slip stitch in the back, and then your tie comes unraveled on you. And, that's proper maintenance of a neck tie.